What’s a Room?

April 10, 2009 at 6:55 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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I’m not going to bore you with explaining what a room is like you’re 5 years old- Harry Potter had a room under the stairs- and perhaps Appraisers watching the movie gasped with this inaccuracy.  If you’re in real estate, you want to know what counts as a room and what doesn’t.  So in a nutshell here we go:

You’ve got a home with 4 bedrooms, 2 bathroom with a washroom, living room with adjacent dining room, kitchen, nook, family room, den, laundry room upstairs, master walk in closet, retreat and a loft.

Anyone want to guess how many rooms you have?  It could be as high as 17- but it’s not.

Here’s the breakdown.  4 bedrooms, living room, kitchen, family room, den and loft- that’s 9 rooms.

Bedrooms, living room, kitchen and family room are obvious, den should be pretty obvious too.

The den is typically bedroom sized so that counts.  The loft is typically bedroom sized so that counts.  But if it’s like a big computer station area, then that’s NOT a room.  Can you put up a wall and a door and make the loft a room?  Then it’s a room.

Many tract homes have the dining “room” adjacent to the living room with the hanging light being the item that makes it look like a dining room.  But picture this- can you put up a wall between the living room and that dining “room” and have both feel like their own room?  In many cases, it would look and feel ridiculous.  Here’s three examples (and yes, you can click on each to see a bigger version of it)- the first is NOT a dining room, the second is probably a dining room and the third is definitely a dining room – hence- a room.

Not a dining roomProbably a RoomDefinately a Room

Bathrooms don’t count as rooms- but from as an aside from an appraiser you have 2 1/2 bathrooms.  If that half bath had a standing shower but no bathtub- what many call a 3/4 bath, then it would be considered a full third bathroom- Appraiser’s typically don’t go by quarters- we round up to the nearest half.

A nook is not a room- it’s sort of like an annex- same goes with the master retreat.  Both of these are similar rationale as dining room.  But if you have a giant master retreat, then it could be considered a room.

Laundry room is not a room- period.

Closets- no matter how big- are not rooms.

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Sincerely,

George

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