Is a sunroom that is heated by a window unit considered part of the finished square footage?

Asked by Gretta, Pine Village, IN Mon Mar 15, 2010

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David Wilson, , Greenville, SC
Mon Mar 15, 2010

My friend Abe is correct. Even though a room with a window unit won't have the same per square foot value as the rest of the house (providing the entire house isn't heated with window units) it does indeed have value. The rule of thumb is the sunroom would have 50% to 75% of the value of the rest of the house.

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Abe Mills, Agent, Greenville, SC
Mon Mar 15, 2010
No, a room with just a window unit is not considered heated living space, unless of course the entire home is heated and cooled by these units, which is highly unlikely. Heated square footages are based upon rooms heated with a permanent heat source.

Hope this helps!

Abe Mills
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Jeri Creson, Agent, Studio City, CA
Mon Mar 15, 2010
I would check with your local building department. There are different kinds of permitted space, and whether or not it's added to sq. footage would probably depend on the type of permit, or of course, if it were permitted at all. If a deck is permitted, even an enclosed deck, it may not be considered living sq. feet - however a rec room added with permits would likely be living square feet as long as it met the building codes for finished living space.
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Brian & Bran…, Agent, Elgin, SC
Thu Mar 25, 2010
Hello Gretta,
If it is permanent, the answer is usually going to be Yes; however, as Gerard wrote, check local customs and get a realtors advice. A Realtor will be able to evaluate the room and determine if it is going to be additional square footage. I hope you are able to find the home you are looking for!
Very Respectfully,
Brandy Bradley
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Gerard Dunn, Agent, Chevy Chase, MD
Tue Mar 16, 2010
Often this may be determined by local custom. Normally - any heating or cooling unit that is permanently affixed and not Temporary - would be considered finished space.

A removable unit - may not qualify.
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Maureen Cody, , Charleston, SC
Tue Mar 16, 2010
Dear Gretta,

How long have you owned the home? Was the sunroom considered part of the square footage when you purchased the home? Does your tax assessment include the sq footage of the room? Was this room a patio that was converted into a sunroom? These are a lot of questions - but this isn't a yes or no answer without answering these questions and more. I agree with earlier responses - to check with your local housing/building authority for exact value.

I hope this helps.

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