What makes a bedroom?

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Real Estate Broker Owner with JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 10491201242

A bedroom should be more than about a closet

Over the years I have dealt with home sellers who count the number of bedrooms based on a closet in the space.

So should a room be classified as a bedroom because it has a closet but is not big enough for a regular size bed?

How do buyers react when they see a room like this?

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Here are my observations.

For a room to be classified as a bedroom it should be large enough to fit a bed and other furniture; having a closet is not a sufficient criteria.  Actually, it could be a bedroom without a built in closet.

  A  bedroom should also be private and have ways to escape for example in the case of a fire; a full window would meet such a requirement.

I know home buyers feel the same way because on occasions when I have run into such a situation the buyers where always annoyed. I would get questions such as;  where is the 4th bedroom?…. you’ve got to be kidding?… that is a bedroom?  I couldn’t fit a full size bed in it.

When a  buyer starts going down this road, other things are then questioned.   Not to mention that the  buyers are annoyed  that their time was  wasted.

Could such a bedroom count affect the sale of your home?

Yes it could, since you might be marketing to the wrong pool of clients, and doing this will be a reason your home will stay on the market longer.

Since most of the homes in our area use a septic system, you can know how many bedrooms are approved for your home by the Board of Health Approval.

So, if you are selling,  stick with the facts as to how many bedrooms are in the house.

Originally by Jennifer Fivelsdal at:What is a bedroom? It should be more than about a closet

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Rainer
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Edward Gilmartin
Boston Homes

Closet,  full window and adequate room seems to define a bedroom

July 17, 2013 05:16 AM
Rainmaker
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Andrew Mooers
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
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On a boat the bedrooms, any space is tight and limited. Some homes are too. With waterfront, a loft bedroom can be dinky but the rules are different and it is a temporary long weekend, vacation. But you see hall bedrooms, walk in closets made into bedrooms...especially in college towns with students renting and just needing some private space to well, you know what happens when the courting sparking, lovey dovey happens.

July 17, 2013 05:30 AM
Rainmaker
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Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
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Our MLS says a "bedroom" must have a closet and poses no size requirement - it's not a bad idea to verify the sizes of the bedrooms before making a visit.

July 17, 2013 05:42 AM
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Liz Wallace
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Century 21 Sherlock Homes

In the Village where I do most of my business some of the homes are froom the 1800's and so not always a closet in the bedroom and actually a lot of them have tandem bedrooms.  You disclose that on the MLS so it might say 4 bedrooms but we add that one is a tandem.

July 17, 2013 05:59 AM
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Charles Buell
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I recommend forgetting what the MLS says about bedrooms.  If something bad happens because it is not a "legal" bedroom (proper size, headroom, egress, light, ventilation, heat etc) the listing information will not save anyone being sued.  When the home is listed, whoever makes the decision about what is going to be called a bedroom should be "legally" accurate in my opinion.  I have seen sales blow up because the house was priced on its being a 4 bedroom house when it was "legally" only a 2 bedroom house---even according to the apparaiser.

July 17, 2013 07:09 AM
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