The great Kiwi shed - loved by many, insured by few

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Auckland, 25 September 2017 -  Mad about man caves, silly about sheds, or wild about workshops? Well, you're not alone - two thirds of Kiwis use their garage or shed for more interesting things than parking a car.

“From sewing, rumpus and games rooms to potting sheds, mini museums, art studios and home bars - garages and sheds have as many different uses as there are different interests,” says Amelia Macandrew, Customer Relations Manager, AA Insurance. “Our survey showed that man/woman caves are also popular, as well as dedicated rooms for hobbies and collections, or just having a place to hide out. One homeowner even set up a chicken incubator and hatchery in their garage.

“The uses are endless; although there is a clear distinction between sheds and garages,” she says.

According to AA Insurance’s 2017 Home Security Survey, sheds are mainly used for storage like garden equipment (73%) and tools (48%), and garages for workshops (46%). This helps explain why more time is spent in a garage – over a third of us hang out in them for more than two hours every week.

“With this is mind, it will come as no surprise that there is also a distinction between the two when it comes to protecting the items kept there,” says Amelia. “Three in 10 sheds are neither locked nor covered by contents insurance, whereas one in 10 garages are never locked but 80% have contents cover.

“It makes sense that garages would house more items of value because of their construction, storage, security and proximity to the main house. Although, we do recommend locking sheds if they house items of value, or items that can be used to break into your home such as tools and ladders.”

But while locking up can help prevent theft, it can’t prevent accidents from happening, as these customers discovered.

One family’s rumpus room got a little more rough and tumble from the kids than expected when the ball they were kicking about flew through the open doors and knocked the 79” TV for six. Contents insurance saved the day by covering the $7,575.

Another customer used his garage as his music room. During one session, he knocked over his music stand, which fell on his electric guitar and took a chunk of wood out of the edge. His contents insurance didn’t miss a beat by covering the guitar for almost $2,500.

“The great Kiwi shed or garage is generally used year-round, providing a great escape for some or a place to gather for others,” continues Amelia.  “However, it’s often easy to forget to include these spaces in your home and contents insurance because they’re not in the main house. So, make sure you have enough contents cover for all your belongings, no matter where they are stored, and check your home policy sum insured has enough cover for your sheds and garages too. Then you’ll be protected should the worst happen.”

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AA Insurance is an independently operated, New Zealand-based joint venture between the New Zealand Automobile Association Limited (NZAA) and Vero Insurance New Zealand Limited (VINZL). Since 1994 we have demonstrated trusted expertise in home, contents and car insurance in New Zealand, and in 2018 introduced commercial small business insurance. We underwrite our own policies and sell direct to New Zealanders. Our 1000+ employees look after 500,000+ customers with more than 1,000,000 policies.

We proudly partner with Variety New Zealand – the Children’s Charity (as the lead partner of its Beds for Kids programme), Student Volunteer Army and support grassroot school sports via our Big Little Sponsorship sports grant in partnership with Eden Park. We are consistently recognised in industry awards and honours, including being voted the Reader’s Digest Most Trusted General Insurer for 13 years running, named Canstar’s 2023 Home and Contents Insurer of the Year and Outstanding Value Award winner, and currently ranked 7th amongst 100 of New Zealand’s most successful companies in the Kantar Corporate Reputation Index (since 2015).

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