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How do you determin the 'number of rooms' for a home?

  • August 30 2010 - Puyallup
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In Tx, a bedroom has to have a closet in order to be considered a bedroom. I think thats what you are referring to
  • October 08 2010
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I completely agree with Faye's answer.  Keep in mind finished basement rooms are not included in the "above grade" room count.
  • September 25 2010
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Sorry, but some of the advice below is wrong or misleading....there ARE rules, and you can't just "count" if you don't know what to count.

In Washington and on the Northwest MLS (where your home would be listed) there are rules as to which rooms are "countable" for resale purposes (see Faye's post below). Most people would think a bathroom would be taken into account as a "room" for resale purposes, but it doesn't.

Best advice: consult a local real estate agent.

Unfortunately, it's not just common sense or as easy as looking at a floorplan (though I wish it were!).
  • September 01 2010
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Use common sense. No rules to it, really.
  • September 01 2010
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Typically, if there is a door (not including Bathrooms or closets), such as a BR, or an area defined by half walls, such as a living or family room, not an eati-in area, you should count them.
  • September 01 2010
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count...
  • August 31 2010
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Get a floorplan and count them yourself.
  • August 31 2010
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Since you live in Washington - I can confirm that Faye's advice is correct. There are specific rooms that are and are not allowed as countable "rooms" for resale.
  • August 31 2010
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As it relates to resale, allowable rooms for a count, vary area to area, as designated by local real estate boards and MLS.

Living rooms, dining rooms, family rooms, kitchens, bonus room, studies/offices/dens and ( legal) bedrooms are included in the room count.

Foyers, laundry rooms, finished basements, mud rooms, the eat in dining area of the kitchen may or may not be included as determined by local real estate boards. Bathrooms/Powder rooms are never a part of the count.
  • August 30 2010
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That's really debatable.  I usually count any area that has at least two walls and has a specific purpose.  For example, a hallway has four walls but no real purpose, so I wouldn't count that.  There may be an open room with a living room, dining room, and kitchen all open together.  I would count that as three rooms.  Hope this helps.  Best wishes.
  • August 30 2010
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