Taking a break from musing over the Valuation Code, I thought I’d address a question I’m asked frequently once people find out I’m an appraiser. Now I’ve been asked some rather strange ones, such as “can I count the mural of my wife in the nude as an improvement?” (that would depend on the buyer...and wife).
Here is a question some of you may have had during the course of business:
Q: “Does a room need to have a window and closet to be considered a bedroom? What does the Florida Law say on this?”
A: There isn't a law or concrete definition for a bedroom. A bedroom is typically defined as a room designated for sleeping. In today's modern market, a bedroom typically has a closet and window. The window is present as a second exit in case of fire. However, the prevailing local market tradition and conditions will be the final determining factor that defines a bedroom. For example, in the early 1900s most homes had very few closets. Bedrooms were typically small and allowed for a bed and an armoire or chest where clothes were stored. Those homes still exist today and most buyers recognize those rooms as bedrooms, even without a closet. Thus, if the market in your area recognizes a space without a window or closet as a bedroom, that would hold precedence over any text book definition. If you have any questions or comments feel free to email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for reading! ~J.