What was permitted on this so-called "conversion?" It sounds like all you did is panel the garage walls and disable the garage door, which, in most jurisdictions, would not require a permit. However, if all you did was disable the garage door and place panel on the walls, in my opinion, this is not a "functional" room and would not qualify as additional living space. There are no electrical outlets, no heat/AC, only the concrete garage floor, etc. I think the appraiser would "win" this one.
Jack Gillis, M.B.A., J.D. â”‚ RealtorÂ®
Jack Gillis Realty Advisors
United Real Estate, Broker
5430 LBJ Freeway | Suite 280
Dallas, TX 75240
It doesn't sound like a functional room to me either. But more importantly don't you love how the Government is making it difficult for you to sell your house? It is so frustrating that FHA (a GSE) of great old America is creating all these road blocks in one of the largest private sector industries out there...UGH.
best of luck
I would have to see some pix of the conversion and a copy of the permit to really be able to qualify my opinion. Please feel free to email me some photos and a copy of the permit and I'll be happy to give you an educated opinion from what I'm able to interpret at no cost.
As far as having to convert it back to a garage to meet FHA requirements? I can't see is costing that much money unless there are walls and a ceiling involved. But again I'd have to see some photos.