Home insurance also covers other structures on your property: your detached garage, fence, shed, and more.
Other structures insurance, also known as Coverage B, is the part of your home insurance policy that protects structures on your property other than your house. That includes:
Other structures are protected against the same risks as your home, including:
Remember, Kin’s policies offer open-perils coverage for your home and other structures. That means incidents that aren’t explicitly excluded in the policy are covered. That’s a lot of incidents (and protection!), so we didn’t list them all here.
While your Coverage B can offer a lot of protection for other structures on your property, it has some limits. For example, this portion of your policy can’t cover:
Other structures coverage excludes the same perils as your dwelling insurance. So, for example, it won’t cover wear and tear, earth movements, infestations, or flood damage. For flood protection, you need flood insurance.
Other structures coverage is usually automatically calculated as 10 percent of the main structure. In other words, if your house is insured for $200,000, you’ll typically have $20,000 in protection for your garage, fence, etc.
You can adjust this amount to more than 10 percent if you need extra protection. However, most experts recommend you carry at least 10 percent in Coverage B to protect your structures – they can be more expensive to repair or replace after a disaster than you might think.
It’s also worth noting that every insurer handles pool coverage differently. However, if your pool is in-ground, it likely falls under the protection of Coverage B. Ask your insurer to be sure, and also ask if special limits apply.
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