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Anne, Home Buyer in Raleigh, NC

I have a garage that was converted to a bonus room. There is no central heat/air but there is a permanant wall

Asked by Anne, Raleigh, NC Thu Jan 22, 2009

unit in that room. Do I count this as part of the total sq. footage of the house?

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In this market when inventory is at an all time high, and buyers have so many wonderful choices & bargains, get the inspector, get your addition up to code and permitted. Every sq ft helps with your list and ultimately sales price. It is a sq foot market!! Doing that now will solve all kinds of issues that would pop up during contract negoitations, inspections & closing. I actually have a home inspector that does this frequently. It could cost minimum of $500, and depending if walls need disturbed due to electrical work, it could cost upwards of $5000. Good Luck!
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In order for space to be counted as square footage, it must meet a number of criteria. Focusing on your specific question; The space must be heated (cooling is not a requirement) by a conventional heating system or systems (forced air, radiant, solar, etc.) that are permanently installed in the dwelling which generates heat sufficient to make the space suitable for year-round occupancy.

Turning a garage into a bonus room brings up some red flags due to the other "requirements" for being counted as square footage. In addition to the requirments oulined in this link http://www.ncrec.state.nc.us/publications-bulletins/sqft.html… one very important and typically overlooked item is whether or not a permit was obtained to make the improvement. Because without a permit you will likely not have the CO (Certificate of Occupancy). No CO, No sq. ft.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 22, 2009
If you are in a northern climate that needs heat during the winter, without heat that room is not year round used.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 23, 2009
I believe Barrett pretty well nailed it. For the most part the heating source and the permits would be the major factors. If a permit was pulled then A) an inspector would have been involved and it would have been done to code. Otherwise there generally are very few if any contractors that will inspect, pull permits and put themselves on the line to say that it is up to code in order for you to get your CO.

Hope this helps,
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 22, 2009
In most circumstance Rooms included under HVAC system are only counted for sale of home. You can request an appraiser provide you fair market value of home therefore they would be authority . At times this cause HUGE problems with seller who under price their homes OR over price their homes with incorrect sq. ft. amount. You also need to confirm you within city guidelines with permits for addition. If not to costly might consider adding HVAC increase overall value of your home.

Buyers at times dont like seeing window units in a room addition.

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If the room is heated and cooled by the wall unit, it may count as living area if other criteria are met. Go to the following link http://www.ncrec.state.nc.us/publications-bulletins/publicat… and click on "Residential Square Footage Guidelines" to see a complete set of the guidelines for measuring square footage.

Craig Fox
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