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Old 01-05-2019, 12:34 AM
 
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I recently got an appraisal for my home and they didn’t include the entry room as living space. It is a room with a nice window, closet, the washer and dryer and sink. The outside door leads to the the garage. The inside French door leads to the lower level hall. This room is 12 x 12. Finished floor vinyl “Wood” planks. The rest of the lower level is also completely finished. This room is the same size as the bedroom that is on the upper level directly above it.

I don’t understand why this room is not considered living space. It’s a vital part of the home, used daily and too big to just write off. Is this common? Can I insist on it being included?
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Old 01-05-2019, 07:39 AM
 
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Is it heated and cooled?
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Old 01-05-2019, 07:45 AM
 
Location: Worcester MA
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I recently got an appraisal for my home and they didn’t include the entry room as living space. It is a room with a nice window, closet, the washer and dryer and sink. The outside door leads to the the garage. The inside French door leads to the lower level hall. This room is 12 x 12. Finished floor vinyl “Wood” planks. The rest of the lower level is also completely finished. This room is the same size as the bedroom that is on the upper level directly above it.

I don’t understand why this room is not considered living space. It’s a vital part of the home, used daily and too big to just write off. Is this common? Can I insist on it being included?
Good question! Mine is not included either.
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Old 01-05-2019, 08:03 AM
 
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I recently got an appraisal for my home and they didn’t include the entry room as living space. It is a room with a nice window, closet, the washer and dryer and sink. The outside door leads to the the garage. The inside French door leads to the lower level hall. This room is 12 x 12. Finished floor vinyl “Wood” planks. The rest of the lower level is also completely finished. This room is the same size as the bedroom that is on the upper level directly above it.

I don’t understand why this room is not considered living space. It’s a vital part of the home, used daily and too big to just write off. Is this common? Can I insist on it being included?
pretty sure every room that has heat is considered a living space
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Old 01-05-2019, 10:16 AM
 
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Is the room below or partially below ground?
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Old 01-05-2019, 10:20 AM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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I recently got an appraisal for my home and they didn’t include the entry room as living space.
It is a room with a nice window, closet, the washer and dryer and sink.
Is this "entry room" actually a converted front porch?
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Old 01-05-2019, 11:19 PM
 
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The garage entry room is heated and cooled as is the entire lower level.

It is the lower level of a split level home with access to and from the attached double garage.

The entire lower level is partially below ground, three feet. However the west wall is on walk out level with the garage. The south wall is 3 feet underground with a slope walk out going down to the garage.

It has normal large picture windows.

It is 12 x 12, never been a porch. It’s part of the actual house’ footprint.

The front door is in the middle of the front of the house, very far away from the garage entry door.

It sounds like it should be counted as living space. It was counted as living space when I bought it. That’s why I was so surprised now 15 years later to be told it would not be included.

Thanks!
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Old Yesterday, 02:14 AM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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The garage entry room is heated and cooled as is the entire lower level.

It is the lower level of a split level home with access to and from the attached double garage.

The entire lower level is partially below ground, three feet. However the west wall is on walk out level with the garage. The south wall is 3 feet underground with a slope walk out going down to the garage.

It has normal large picture windows.

It is 12 x 12, never been a porch. It’s part of the actual house’ footprint.

The front door is in the middle of the front of the house, very far away from the garage entry door.

It sounds like it should be counted as living space. It was counted as living space when I bought it. That’s why I was so surprised now 15 years later to be told it would not be included.

Thanks!
I would want that 144-square-feet room to be included, especially for the future when you or your heirs want to sell the house.

Do you have a floorpan? Can you upload it?
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Old Yesterday, 08:02 AM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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The garage entry room...
So you have a converted garage that you use as this "entry room"?
Who did the work and when? Was it permitted and inspected?


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It was counted as living space when I bought it.
That's what the RE salesman did.
Remodeled basements shouldn't be counted either.
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Old Yesterday, 01:13 PM
 
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So from the front is this entry room between the garage and, say, the windows one would see on the "buried" side...windows that are just a little above ground on the front?

Can't really picture this entry room. I'm familiar with the large entry area that expanded to actual rooms inside the front door but enclosed and sealed well in some areas like cold areas where one sits and takes off snow gear.

Can you put up a pic of the front of your house? Even one that looks the same from an online source?
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