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I have a follow-up question regarding the house pictured below. The area where the garage shown once existed was space we had always considered basement. But an architect has confirmed for me that the town where the house is located considers that to actually be the FIRST FLOOR of the house. There is an entry door on the left side (not shown) and on that side the new floor is less than 18 inches below grade. The right side is no more than 4 feet below grade. The garage door has since been replaced by a bank of windows and the wall on the right side of the driveway is being moved to allow two vehicles to be parked side by side. There are egress windows that allow two rooms in the space to legally be called bedrooms. The footprint of the house is 41 feet by 26 feet so the finished, heated space on that level (which includes a full bathroom) will easily be over 1,000 square feet. So my big question is: Does that new living space have to be called "finished basement" or not? Also, if finished basement space is valued at a lower rate than other living space, what is the percentage difference between the two?Jack
Functional living space is all space finished in the home. When an appraisal is done for mortgage purposes or for any other reason, the appraiser will only utilize the living space "at or above" the front door threshold. Living space below that point is catagorized as finished basement living area and it is calculated at a lower valuation per square foot. The tax assesor in the community where the home is located should use the same formula as an appraiser would utilize for determining the value of the home.If a garage is converted to additional living space, it must be done with the neccessary permits and approval from the municipality. Once the work is done and insepcted officially, the tax assessor will acknowledge that living space as "legal" living space. Of course, the tax assessment will then be adjusted.for the legal living space.3 seasons room are calculated as unfinished at a lower valuation and will not be included in the living space calculationCheck the assessor's record for a more accurate determination of the living area in a home.
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