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i have a 4-bedroom floor plan, but the 4th bedroom was made into a sitting room, open space between master and sitting. I want to convert it to a

Asked by Refiguy, 20152 Fri Jun 11, 2010

bedroom for an appraisal to increase value. I am putting a separate door in for entrance, but does it have to have a permanent wall dividing the two rooms or can: a, leave it open; b, put in something like room dividers, tall bookcases, etc. and still have it counted a "bedroom"?

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There really is no specific definition as to what constitutes a bedroom, however, the industry standard under ANSI, HUD/FHA, FNMA, and most Lender guidelines is - the room must be finished and has to have heat, electricity, closet (with shelf - closet rod - door - and at least 7 linear feet), ingress/egress - meaning its own entrance/exit from a main area or hall and emergency exit such as a window (loacal building codes determine minimum window size and minimum height from floor to bottom window sill), primary bedroom must have at least 130 sqft excluding closet, secondary bedrooms must have at least 110 sqft excluding closet, must have a ceiling height of at least 7 feet except under beams, ducts, and other obstructions where the height may be 6 feet 4 inches. If a room’s ceiling is sloped, at least one-half of the finished square footage in that room must have a vertical ceiling height of at least 7 feet, however, no portion of the finished area that has a height of less than 5 feet may be included in finished square footage. And it is not considered a bedroom if one has to pass thru the room as the only access to another room, excluding master baths as the other room.

For appraisal purposes, in my opinion (your market area may react differently), it would be wiser to have a permanent wall. The increase in value, if any, would mostly depend on your market's reaction to differences between 3 and 4 bedroom homes and is generally determined by matched pair analysis.
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When you decide to sell your home, the 4th bedroom will be a great draw for potential buyers. Unless the room would really small with a permanent wall, I recommend putting a wall there. And in order for it to be counted as a bedroom you will need a wall.
As one of the other responders mentioned, please hire a professional to get the work done. They can help you determinde whether you will need an additional electrical outlets as well as make sure it looks like it was done by the builder.
Please feel free to contact me if you have additional questions or need the name of a contractor who can help you with that work.
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A 4th beedroom might look more appealing! Please make sure to have the work done by professional licensed persons and if permits are needed, have them done in advance.
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This will most likely not make a difference in the appraisal. The square footage matters more than 3 vs. 4 bedrooms.
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