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What is a Bed room?

Don’t Believe the Hype

As the market starts to slow a little bit in the fall, we are seeing a new trend of homeowners & their realtors adding bedrooms. Bedrooms equal money. So you may ask when is a bedroom not a bedroom?

  1. If you have to walk through a bedroom to get to a bedroom. The second room can be a office, walk in closet, nursery or great storage room. What it cannot be is a bedroom.
  2. A room without heat cannot be called a bedroom. If it does not have in in the room it can not be considered living space.
  3. Basement bedrooms if under grade (underground) is not legal living space. If its not legal living space it can not a bedroom.
  4. No closet, no window, no bedroom. I see there are sometimes Large closets/offices in the newer condo complex’s. Yes they are big. Yes it’s a great bonus room but without a window do not count it as a bedroom.
  5. If there is no door it’s not a bedroom. A few months ago a realtor told my client that all she would have to do is build a wall & put a door & that’s your 3rdbedroom.
  6. In thoses houses on septic make sure the town has approved the septic for the amount of bedrooms that it has. If it is a 6 bedroom house and the title 5 says it is good for a 3 bedroom. Then either the home owner has to get a septic system for 6 bedrooms or it should be sold as a 3 bedroom.
  7. It the condo doc’s say it’s a 1 bedroom it is not a 2 bedroom. You may be able to see the bedroom walk into the bedroom. It is what the condo docs say it is.

I hope this blog post was helpful. As you start thinking of looking at properties let me know if there are any questions I can answer. I will check with the town or city hall.to make sure you get what you are paying for.

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