William Festa Realty
Unfortunately, there is no "uniform" definition of a bedroom. You also don't say whether the bedroom is above or below grade. For instance, under FHA lending and appraisal standards, if the bedroom is below grade, and the window sill is higher than 44 inches from the floor and lacks a net clear opening of at least 24" x 36", the appraiser may not consider the room a bedroom. No mention is made of a closet in FHA standards. Alternatively, local jurisdiction and custom, as well as residential building codes, may have requirements for what constitutes a bedroom. For example, requirements might include adequate area to accommodate a bed and other bedroom furniture; privacy, such as a door; an emergency exit, such as a window with adequate clearance, and a closet. But in neighborhoods with older homes built prior to WWII, it would not be uncommon for bedrooms to lack a closet. In that case, it would depend upon the comparable properties as to what constitutes a bedroom. In other words, there is no "definition" of what constitutes a "bedroom," and unfortunately, it might depend on several factors. You should ask for an explanation, and take a look at the comparable properties used for the evaluation. Alternatively, check out http://appraisersforum.com/ and see if you can get more information.
I just want to get a good better interest rate and decent appraisal for the amount of work we've done on our home and I don't know how that is determined in a neighborhood like mine where there are total shells next to newly rehabbed homes. And the whole reason I wanted to refi in the first place was to get some extra cash to fix the remaining cosmetics on the outside of the house (that are likely dragging my appraisal down in the first place.)
What a vicious cycle!
Thanks again for the help. What neighborhood do you represent, primarily?
I just wrote you a response that got "eaten" by the computer! Don't you absolutely hate that?!
I would love to talk to you if you aren't already represented. Please call me at my office tomorrow. I have no problem selling your twin as a 4 BR. Price it right and sell it fast. You'd have to work with me though by staging the room as a room and sacrificing your "closet" while showing your home.
A the the time your house was built, by the way, the room we're talking about would have been the nursery. The other bedrooms would be used by grandparents and older children. Turning the basement into a bedoom is a much more recent phenomenon.
Hannah Angert, RealtorÂ®
PA License RS-295442
William Festa Realty
3001 S. Sydenham St.
Philadelphia, PA 19145
The back two rooms in the house are adjoined and we basically use one room as a bedroom and the smaller of the two as a walk-in closet since they are connected (therefore neither of them has a closet within the room per se, either). But for the sake of the appraisal I'm wondering what I would have to do/modify to make each room legitimately a bedroom. But thanks Hannah, I'll try the appraisal company and see if they have specific measurements or other parameters for closets that I need to adhere to in order to bring up the value. I just don't see how the appraiser could make the justification for one room without making it for ALL FOUR.
Confer with tax rolls.
None fact no closet in bedroom UNLESS they are large suites with attached baths would not be consider as a bedroom
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