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peterdeuce
Stairs out of code
peterdeuce

We are looking at buying a 1925 home that had an additional bedroom built onto the home. They created a 2nd level bedroom with stairs that are out of code and did not pull permits although it was done in the 70s. The room has stairs leading to the room with 4 windows, closet, and A/C in the room.

My question is in the appraisal will the 3rd bedroom be counted since the stairs are out of code and too high? They are like 8.5 inches.

Is it up to the appraiser or automatically because they never pulled permits for the work?

johnjh2o
Re: Stairs out of code
johnjh2o

One thing I would check is will you be able to get insurance on the home. On older homes the insurance company's are starting to require an inspection by there company before they insure it.

ed21
Re: Stairs out of code
ed21

I'm guessing no one will notice unless you tell them. Chances are a bedroom is a bedroom.
Are you trying to get the appraisal lowered or raised for some reason.

peterdeuce
Re: Stairs out of code
peterdeuce

We love the home and want it to appraise for more because of the asking price. The only way it will appraise right is if they consider it a 3/2 as opposed to a 2/2.

We already had an inspection and he just pointed it out..dont think he put it on his report.

Fencepost
Re: Stairs out of code
Fencepost

In new construction, there are specific requirements (area, closets, access, egress) for a room to be considered a bedroom. This also determines things like taxes, septic system design, and compliance with zoning laws and neighborhood covenants.

In older homes, whether or not a room is considered a bedroom is generally determined by the real estate agent.

Jack
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Jack

The appraiser is not a home inspector, they will go by the size of the house and the prices of similar homes in the area.
They will not see the inspection unless you show it to them.

Jack

function
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function
Fencepost wrote:

In older homes, whether or not a room is considered a bedroom is generally determined by the real estate agent.

This. Where I am, if the room has a closet and a window (and isn't a bathroom) you can call it a bedroom

dj1
Re: Stairs out of code
dj1
function wrote:

This. Where I am, if the room has a closet and a window (and isn't a bathroom) you can call it a bedroom

And in my city, the window has to be at least 10% in area of the size of the bedroom (so a 120 sf bedroom must have at least a 3'x4' window).

Regarding the stairs themselves, this would be a perfect opportunity to bring the stairs up to code. Much easier and safer to climb up and down on the right size stairs.

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