Understanding other structures coverage

by Jodie Franklin 02/05/2023

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Other structures coverage is a portion of your homeowners insurance policy. As the name suggests, it protects other structures on your property, either attached or detached.

For a greater understanding of how structures coverage works, here are the basics:

What does “other structures insurance” cover?

Structures like fences, gazebos, detached garages and in-ground pools all count as "other structures."

These structures are generally covered for the same perils as the rest of your home. These covered perils include fire, falling objects, theft or vandalism, snow and ice damage.

However, some policies include other structures coverage under an "open perils" policy. This provides coverage for any event which is not specifically excluded.

How much other structures coverage do you need?

A standard homeowners policy usually includes other structures coverage as a percentage of your main dwelling coverage. The average percentage is 10%, but you can increase your coverage if necessary.

For example, if you've added a high-value structure to your home, you might consider changing your policy to include more protection.

It's best to talk to a homeowners insurance agent for all the details about other structures coverage and the associated limits. They'll help you decide how much coverage you need to keep your assets protected.

About the Author
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Jodie Franklin

I love helping people find their dream home or sell their house in order to achieve their next goals. I have been working hard for my clients for over 15 years throughout southeast Michigan. I have experienced every kind of transaction there is. 

Helping my community and being involved is extremely important to me. I am Past President and current board member of the Michigan Ability Partners board, which helps Veterans and people with disabilities reach independent, self-supported, and satisfying lives. I am also a member of the City of Milan Tax Review Board and Zoning Board, and involved in Milan Main Street. I have been a major sponsor of events for Michigan Ability Partners, Aid in Milan, Milan Main Street, and many more organizations that wok to make our communities better. 

I was 2018 President of the Ann Arbor Area Board of Realtors, Realtor of the year in 2016 for AAABOR and nominee for Michigan Realtor of the Year. I serve on many committees with the local board and was a member of the Housing Opportunity Committee for the National Association of Realtors (2018-19).