Sun Room Square Footage

Asked by Cpcooper2, Oklahoma City, OK Thu May 10, 2012

My mom has a 1000' home built in the 60's with a 350' sunroom added in 2009 The build quality is actually as nice or nicer then the existing home. The room has its own Heat and Air. Has in inside unit like what you would see at a nice hotel/motel. What determines if the footage is counted in gross living or just as an add on?

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Cpcooper2, Home Seller, Oklahoma City, OK
Thu May 10, 2012
Thanks for your answers. The house is being sold so there will be an appraisal. Ironically, the neighborhood is definately on the lower end of price per square ft. However, this room is also the nicest room in the house. With a slap, footers, better carpet then the "old" rest of the house. Unfortunately, even with all of the well thought out answers, it appears that it ultimately resides in the hands of the appraiser and as everyone knows that is now a crap shoot :)
Thanks for all of the input.
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Josh Barnett, Agent, Chandler, OK
Thu May 10, 2012
1. Sqft on the MLS is recommended to reflect the county assessor’s office records, as this is one of the measurements of Real Property Taxes. A certified livable sqft measurement and draft would be needed to place any measurements, which are not of record.

2. A inside wall unit is not a Central HVAC unit.
3. The addition of the 350' sunroom would need to have: 1) permits pulled, 2) a footer and slab poured, 3) the exterior siding has to match the existing siding and 4) the Home's current HVAC would need to be ducted into the addition and still handle the additional sqft to be included in the livable sqft of the home, in my experience.

If a back patio was built in and not all the steps in #3 were followed, a seller would have a hard time convincing a buyer that this 350' is worth what the market average is of the neighborhood to be included in the pricing.

At most, if not all requirements of #3 are meet, that a seller can try to include ½ of the patio build-in, at most.

All situations, buyers and sellers are different and Real Estate is a Market, any sqft measurements that are different the county records are placing all parties in a difficult situation. I recommend having a sqft measurement service come out and provide you w/ their opinion so that you can better establish your argument, as to this sunroom being or not being included.

Hope this helps,

Josh Barnett, Realtor
Metro First Realty
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Thu May 10, 2012
It depends on the appraiser's opinion. I have seen it included in the square footage, but valued at a lesser price per ft2 than the rest of the house. I have also seen an appraiser not count it for square footage or value. And an appraiser will make that decision based on other comparable homes with sun rooms- if they sell for the same price as homes without one, then they would probably say that while it is added square footage, the market currently doesn't give any additional value to sun rooms.

I hope this helps.

Wilhelm Koenig
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UB Home Team, Agent, Norman, OK
Thu May 10, 2012
The "heated and cooled" comment is what most folks will use to ADD it to the home's square footage. But, some Sellers like to leave the square footage at the county's recorded value and mention a "approx 350' sunroom w/heat & air, not included in county SF measurements". If YOU add it to the overall square footage without appraisal, measuring service and/or county records, you could be liable if the figures are incorrect.

Best of luck!
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Cpcooper2, Home Seller, Oklahoma City, OK
Thu May 10, 2012
As far as the construction. The existing home is brick and the sun rum is mostly windows and vinyl siding.
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