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We are selling a home that has two bedrooms upstairs and a finished room in the basement that has been used

Asked by Kalispell, Kalispell, MT Sat Apr 11, 2009

as a guest bedroom since 1968. There is only one door out of this room that leads to a workshop that has the stairs in it to the rest of the house. The first agent we had was very careful to list it as a potential bedroom. Our current agent listed it as a bedroom. We are concerned about signing the purchase agreement that says three bedrooms. Any advice?

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Donna Johnson’s answer
Disclose, Disclose, Disclose. Make sure you mention it in the Sellers Disclosure Sheet that room does not have legal egress and Ask your agent to put it in the public remarks so that anyone looking can see the information that 3rd bedroom does not have legal egress.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Nov 22, 2010
You may want to check out what it costs to add an "egress window" to that guest bedroom, get it inspected as a legal bedroom, and then be able to sell your home as a 3 bedroom home instead of a 2 bedroom with a potential bedroom. It will come up in a lot more buyer searches if listed as a 3 bedroom as the largest percentage of buyers are looking for 3 bedroom 2 bath homes. I hope this helps.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 12, 2009
Hi Kalispell Home Seller, you are right to be concerned. Montana courts are pretty buyer friendly and misrepresentation, intentional or not, is not in your best interests. If I were you, I would have a talk with my agent.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 29, 2009
Hello Kalispell,

The City of Kalispell, Building Department WEB link is http://www.kalispell.com/building/sfr.cfm. It does appear that Kalispell has assumed the responsibilities of the "Authority Having Jurisdiction" (AHJ) for all building and building codes matters. Kalispell has adopted the 2006 International Residential Code (IRC). You can view a free online copy of the 2006 IRC at http://www.ecodes.biz/product.cfm?category_id=119. The IRC requires that all basements and sleeping rooms have a minimum of one egress opening out to the exterior of the home. When a sleeping room is located in a basement this adjoining basement spaces are not required to have the egress opening if the sleeping area has one. If you look on the Kalispell WEB site above they do spell out the requirements of the emergency opening and have very good diagrams, etc.

The building codes were created to provide the minimum criteria for new construction, renovations, etc. The applicability of the codes also depends on if they were in force when your home was built or remodeled to include that basement sleeping area. Additionally the Kalispell AHJ can make even stricter requirements specifying that any home with your situation be made to comply with emergency egress (life safety) requirements even if built prior to the codes being adopted. What I would advise is to call the Kalispell building department and speak with them whether your home would require that emergency egress opening, if not already there. The last thing you want is to have a buyer's Inspector come out and write it up as an issue just to potentially cost a sale. When you speak to the AHJ obtain either a specific reference or have the AHJ inspect the home and provide a certification that you meet all requirements.

If you have any questions feel free to contact me and good luck on the sale of your home.

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Apr 12, 2009
It depends on your local requirements. The thread attached to the link below has some info basically applying to Chicago,but I am still betting you need two points of egress for it to fit the rules as a bedroom.

http://www.trulia.com/voices/Remodel_and_Renovate/what_are_t…
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Apr 11, 2009
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