Number of Bedrooms in Your Crested Butte Home
Many people know that the number of bedrooms in your Crested Butte home is important. Especially when selling. But what is a bedroom? This may seem like a silly question, but defining a bedroom is important because the value of a home increases with the number of legitimate bedrooms. It is always in the best interest of the home seller to have as many bedrooms as possible. Buyers are very interested in this as well of course. A bedroom can be used as an office or TV room, but not necessarily vice versa.
Definition: A bedroom is a room that has a door that closes (not a loft), an egress window, a closet or an armoire, and either has a bathroom in the room or accessible via the hallway (not via another bedroom).
Egress Windows Are Necessary
The egress window is an important safety feature in the case of a fire. People need to have a second exit other than the door to exit the room and the house. The window can be a door that opens to the outside. But if it is a window per building code and the International Residential Code (IRC) for residential buildings there are regulations. It must have a minimum opening area of 5.7 square feet, a minimum opening height of 24 inches, and a minimum opening width of 20 inches.
The window must be accessible meaning it cannot be up so high it requires a ladder to access. Additionally, it must be able to be opened by “normal” operation of the window, door or skylight. This means without the use of keys, tools or special knowledge and without the removal of a second sash from the opening. The maximum distance between the finished floor and the finished windowsill is now 24 inches.
Not All Rooms With Beds Are Bedrooms
You cannot simply increase the number of bedrooms in your Crested Butte home by putting beds in it. You may have a room in the basement or a cute storage area of the home in the attic or top floor that you are using as a sleeping room or bunkroom for kids. However, that does not officially qualify as a bedroom. The buyer will see this and may like that this space can be used for overflow sleeping, even though it is not a “bedroom”. They will also like that you are not calling it a bedroom. I have corrected my buyers when they are touring a home and they say, “This home has five bedrooms, but the listing only says four”.
The safety issues have been pointed out and the chances of a fire are remote. However, you should be aware of the safety and legal risks of putting guests in rooms that are not officially bedrooms. If you are renting your home and advertising that it “sleeps twelve” but some of the beds are in a room that is not legally a bedroom with egress, then you should re-think that strategy.
Example of Converting an Office into a Bedroom
I got a call from a homeowner who has not been able to sell his home with another agent. It is a very nice three-bedroom home with a small office. He was not ready to make a change with the listing agent, but asked me to go look at his home to give him my opinion as to why it was not selling. He was considering reducing the price a bit.
I suspect that he was missing out on many showings because the home as listed in the MLS was only three bedrooms. The office was larger than many bedrooms in other homes and could be considered a bedroom if it had a closet. It already had legal egress windows, and there was access to a hallway bathroom. There was space in the bedroom to add the closet, and I strongly suggested that he spend the small amount of money to have this work done to change his three-bedroom home into a four-bedroom home. This is one easy of way of increasing the number of bedrooms in your Crested Butte home to increase value.
Number of Bedrooms in Your Crested Butte Home Final Thoughts
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