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Sarobsna, Home Seller in Stockbridge, GA

just finished my basement, there is a room with a large window, and closet. can i count it as a bedroom?

Asked by Sarobsna, Stockbridge, GA Tue Sep 22, 2009

the room is 12x14, and has finished walls, floors, ceilings. just the same as any of the other bedrooms. a closet and a 4'x5' window

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sorry, i didn't address room in the basement. if it meets the requirements of a bedroom i mentioned below, you could advertise the house as a 4BR "plus bonus"...
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Sep 22, 2009
Your best answer will come from your zoning/building department. It depends on the size of the window, heated or unheated and you city, state requirements.

Wendy Rocca
Century 21 Commonwealth
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Sep 23, 2009
Here is my suggestion, do not count in the total bedroom count that bedroom, but mention it in the description of the property so that any potential buyer will know that there may be another bedroom or spare room....
Hope this helps..
Edith karoline YourRealtor4Life!
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Sep 23, 2009
Good answers but I would like to add another comment. In my market we usually check with the building department to find out if the space had proper permits. Also, if the property has a septic system it would need to be upgraded for the extra bedroom.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Sep 22, 2009
Hello, I used to live in Joneboro, GA. In most areas a basement is considered Below Grade GLA (Gross Living Area). To count as a bedroom it needs a window large enough for a fire escape and a closet. Check with your Building Code Department in your City or County for the size of the window they require. Also is there any entrance to a Garage or Outside Exterior this also would have a to have a reinforced Door with Safety Springs. How do you get to this Bedroom from a Hallway or from another room. You can't enter a Bedroom from another room and meet FHA/VA requirements. Bedrooms must come from a Hallway with a door that closes. It may be a Hollow Core Door from a Hallway. Your Local Building Department would have this answer too.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Sep 22, 2009
If it has a door then, YES.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Sep 22, 2009
It seems like it meets most requirements for a bedroom. However, every state is different. In some states bedrooms below grade (basements) can not advertise a bedroom in the basement or count it in the room count.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Sep 22, 2009
Typically, a room can be counted as a bedroom if it has 2 exits. This is for safety reasons. A door into the rest of the house and a window would satisfy this. So yes you could call it a bedroom.
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