Holding a yard sale is a great way to declutter the house and make some money, but there are precautions you need to take to ensure your sale is safe for everyone, including yourself. The staff at Tri-Star Insurance Chula Vista has a few tips to share that can help you hold a successful yard sale safely.
Keep Limited Cash Available
Most yard sales only involve cash transactions, but you don’t want to keep all that cash tucked into your wallet or stuffed in a cigar box outside. Keep about $20 in small bills and change accessible, and have someone place the rest of the money in a safe place. If you have a home safe or a locking gun cabinet, make use of it.
Cordon Off the Swimming Pool
If you have a pool, you need to make sure no one falls in during your yard sale. A pool with a cover can easily be secured before the sale. Otherwise, use ropes to keep people away from it. Your Chula Vista home insurance policy likely covers certain accidents that can occur, but there’s no reason to take the chance someone could be hurt.
Arrange for Pet Sitting
Though your dog may be very well behaved normally, having a lot of strangers invade his or her territory can be stressful for everyone. You also don’t want your cat or bunny getting out of the house and becoming lost. Arrange for a trusted family member or friend to watch your pets during the yard sale.
Secure the House’s Contents
If your yard sale attracts a lot of people, you may not notice someone sidling into the house. Be sure to lock up the house every time you exit, and keep the key on you at all times. You will also want to close the draperies so no passersby can see your big-screen television or other valuables.
Burglaries, accidents on your property, and many other unfortunate events may be covered if you secure the right home insurance policy from American Tri-Star. In addition to homeowners insurance, we also offer commercial, health, motorbike, and cheap auto insurance in Chula Vista. Give us a call today at 619-827-0522 to speak with a friendly agent and receive a free quote.