In NE FL real estate, what defines a bedroom?

Asked by D, "M" Streets, Dallas, TX Sun Jan 4, 2009

In NE FL real estate, what defines a bedroom? Must it have a closet? Must it have access to a bath? Must that access be on a hallway?

The fourth bedroom in our house has its own closet, but is adjacent to the family room (common area). Access to the bath is through that common area. So, is this room a bedroom, or merely a den/office?

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Brenda Gravi…, Agent, Jacksonville, FL
Sun Jun 21, 2009
To be considered a conforming bedroom by an appraiser, the room must have a closet and the traffic flow must not require you to walk thru the bedroom to get to another living area. The room must also have at least 144 sq inches of window that can be opened for ventilation or emergency exit in case of fire. I believe the room may also have a minimum square footage requirement like 10ft x 9ft. If you have to walk through the bedroom to get to the only bath the house has, then it is not a bedroom but the room does not have to have a bath ajacent to it.

I hope this helps.
Brenda Gravitt CRS, GRI
Coral Shores Realty
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Catherine, Home Buyer, 97006
Fri Feb 27, 2009
Then is a 3BR that has a loft really considered a four bedroom? Our house is listed as 4BR on the tax rolls - can that be changed to 3BR to reduce taxes? There is no closet in the loft so it couldn't qualify as a bedroom, right?
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Bill Eckler, Agent, Venice, FL
Sun Jan 4, 2009

window +door +closet.= bedroom
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James Joseph, , 06281
Sun Jan 4, 2009
Hi D,
Be careful if you are on a septic system. Some municipalities size the system by bedroom count.
It sounds like a bedroom to me.
Door, window, closet.
If you presently use it as bedroom it should be east to show as such.

All the best in this new year,

James Joseph
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Eric Cavanagh, Agent, Jacksonville, FL
Sun Jan 4, 2009
You can call that room a bedroom, if it has a window a door and a closet. Where the bathroom is in relation to the room has no bearing on whether it's a bedroom or not, and whether there is a hall anywhere is irrelevant. As long as you don't have to go through another bedroom to get to it or go through a bathroom to get to it, you can call it a bedroom.
The question begs to be asked: Why do you ask? If you are selling your house and want to say it has more bedrooms, see the post below about being on the tax roll and whether it was permitted or not. If you don't know how to look your house up on the tax roll, call or email me for simple instructions
Eric Cavanagh
Keller Williams Realty
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Scott Godzyk, Agent, Manchester, NH
Sun Jan 4, 2009
It needs a window, a closet and the room must have a seperate door from a hall and not have to walk through one room to get to another.
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Judy Laufer, , Jacksonville, FL
Sun Jan 4, 2009
Hello D,
A bedroom must have a window of sufficient size to qualify for fire egress, must have a closet, must have a door, and must not be a room which is walked through to gain access to yet another room. Whenever an owner adds a bedroom with permits, the county records are updated to reflect the bedroom count (obviously raising your property taxes). Without permits you can use the new bedroom count, but you must state that the new bedroom addition was without permits, due to full disclosure laws. If they find out that it was built w/o permits, they can force you to demolish it! Wishing an extra bedroom where the room is not qualified, to raise the price of a home just won't work.

With warm regards,

Judy Laufer
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Dallas Texas, Agent, Dallas, TN
Sun Jan 4, 2009
Myke is correct with what defines a bedroom, if you have any question refer to tax rolls, insurance policy, or contact realtor review your home.
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Myke Atwater, Agent, Santa Rosa Beach, FL
Sun Jan 4, 2009
There are two requirements for a bedroom--more than one route of egress (window ot door) and a closet. If it doesn't have both of these things, it can be a "bonus room", den or office.
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