AAA: Yard sales pose risk to organizer
However, many yard sale hosts fail to realize that they could be held liable should a shopper incur an injury on their property. Therefore, AAA Insurance would like to offer advice to help consumers mitigate their yard sale liability risk.
“It’s imperative for homeowners and renters to protect themselves with adequate insurance coverage, especially in a situation where strangers will be on the property such as a yard sale,” said Steve White, Insurance Specialist at AAA Mid-Atlantic. “Homeowners should also take the proper safety precautions to prevent any injury or damage that could occur on their property, thereby reducing their risk of liability.”
To help minimize homeowners’ and renters’ risks of holding a sale, AAA would like to offer the following dos and don’ts of insurance for yard sales:
– Do have homeowners or renters insurance. Most standard home and renters insurance policies will generally provide at least $100,000 of liability coverage. This will protect against a lawsuit should someone get injured on your property. Additionally, these policies typically offer between $1,000 and $5,000 in no-fault medical coverage.
– Do consider additional insurance. Depending on the asset value, additional liability insurance or an umbrella policy, which provides more coverage, may be worth considering. Consult with your insurance agent to determine which would best suit your insurance needs.
– Don’t rely on homeowners insurance if you have yard sales frequently. If you have yard sales several times a year, it’s wise to purchase a separate policy for business liability or an in-home business policy. These are available from many homeowners insurance companies, such as AAA, as well as specialty insurers that sell stand-alone in-home business policies.
To ensure your patrons can shop safely, AAA Insurance also suggests taking the following precautions during a yard sale:
– Do keep pets indoors, for their safety and the safety of others.
– Don’t sell items known to be hazardous or unsafe, such as recalled items.
– Do allow enough space in between items to prevent tripping or falls.
– Don’t place items too close to stairs and ledges where people could fall.
– Do keep sharp objects such as knives and scissors out of reach of children.
“Before holding any type of event on your property, such as a yard sale, it’s a good idea to consult your insurance agent to discuss possible risks,” said White.