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Would a new 4 season porch addition be included on sq. ft. to sell home in future?

Asked by L, Massachusetts Thu Jun 5, 2008

We are going to be adding a 13'x16' four season porch addition to our home. It will be insulated, heated and have double-hung windows. Will we be able to add that new sq. ft. to the total when we go to sell our home in the future?

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Yes. Three season porches are not included, but a four season porch such as you have described, would be included. It wouldn't add the same value as a traditional room addition would, but it would be close. It would also make your home easier to sell. You could estimate that you would recover approximately 65%-70% of the cost. Enjoy your addition!
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Absolutely. The other part of your question is will you recover the cost of the addition when you sell and that will very much depend on your local real estate market. Many builders will tell you that the addition is going to make money for you, but they wont guarantee that and as we have recently seen prices go down as well as up in the real estate market. My best advice is to put on the room and enjoy it.
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Robin is correct. Also, as an appraiser, we count heated above grade square footage into the overall gross living area when appraising homes. So, whichever hat I'm wearing, Appraiser or Realtor, I say 'Go For It!" Sounds like a nice project. And yes, call it a sunroom!
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Yes! Above ground heated space is part of your gross living area. I would call it a "sunroom" not a four season porch. Putting your money into an addition that adds square footage generally adds more resale value than putting money into finishing below grade (basement space). Sounds like a great addition. Enjoy!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Oct 12, 2008
Absolutely! If your new addition is has finished walls, electric outlets and heat this is definitely square footage added. In PA we are required to separate the "above ground" square footage and the below ground finished square footage. The above ground finished space always has more value than the below ground finished space to appraisers here in PA so your choice to add a 4 season porch is stellar!
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Mr Home Seller in Michigan we would include it as it is heated and usuable year around. they are quite often very nice additions to a home adding value to a future buyer
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jun 5, 2008
Home seller,
I usually count all HEATED space as part of the total sq.ft.
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L,
From what you're describing, yes. What you also may want to do at that time is call it a 'sunroom,' if that makes sense ('porch' usually implies an open or screened 3-season structure). Enjoy!
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As an appraiser, I would say yes.
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Is it above grade? Some homes have a room like this however at the back of the house on a hill thus its below grade like a basement?
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