Yes you can read the Garuda Puranam at home. There is absolutely no restriction about this issue. It is a big misconception that it has to be read only during someone’s death. Some of the chapters in Garuda Puranam mention about the punishment being offered to people for the mistakes. It can be a great lesson for anyone to be conducting themselves in the most ideal way. It will prevent people from taking up to crime and make them feel that God is watching us all the time. This is the importance of Garuda Puranam.