What's included under other structures coverage?

Other structures coverage on your homeowners insurance policy protects against damage to gazebos, detached garages, guest houses, sheds, and even fences.

Other structures includes property that's set apart from the main dwelling by a distinct space or connected only by a fence. Attached garages and attached decks are covered under your policy's dwelling coverage, while a detached structure such as a storage shed in the backyard falls under other structures coverage.

How much coverage does other structures insurance provide?

Although the amount can vary depending on your policy, your Coverage B limit is typically set at 10% of the limit for your policy's Coverage A, also known as dwelling coverage. For example, if your dwelling limit is $400,000, your other structures insurance coverage would be $40,000.

If your Coverage B amount wouldn't sufficiently pay to repair or replace your other structures, you may be able to increase it, depending on your insurer, by adding more coverage or an endorsement to your policy.

Are there limitations to other structures coverage?

Coverage B, like Coverage A, does not cover all types of damage. Here are some damages and events not covered by other structures insurance:

  • Flood damage
  • Earthquakes
  • General wear and tear
  • Gradual water damage
  • Pest damage

Other structures coverage also doesn't typically cover business structures. Suppose you run a small business from a detached structure on your property, or you have a backyard shed that's been converted into an Airbnb or rental apartment. These may not be covered under your homeowners policy. Consider purchasing business insurance to properly cover business structures.

Does other structures insurance coverage protect in-ground pools?

Depending on your insurer, an in-ground or permanent above-ground swimming pool falls under either dwelling coverage or other structures coverage. Since swimming pools are considered attractive nuisances, insurance companies often require them to be fenced. Make sure your personal liability limit covers your assets in case you're liable for injuries or damages.