Surviving Parenthood

Adventure in Home Ownership

by Mother of two

Buyers Beware!  What is the definition of a bedroom? The past week has been an emotional roller coaster of ups and downs as we attempted to buy our very first home.  As listed, the place was a quaint lovely home, recently renovated with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths and a surprisingly large pool located in a quiet safe neighborhood with a great public school district.

As we entered escrow, I became increasingly concerned about the 3rd Bedroom in the house.  I was not sure that the 3rd Bedroom was a Bedroom at all.  Our realtor kept assuring us, but I kept asking.  Even our home inspector was confident, but I still did not feel right about it.  I kept inquiring, “Why didn’t the bedroom have an exterior window?”

After a few days of uncertainty, I finally got the answer from our local county assessor’s office.  The man at the county office cited the specific county construction codes that defined a bedroom.  In it, it stated that a bedroom needs to have a window or door leading to the exterior of the house as a fire exit to qualify as a Bedroom.  What we had was a Den.

The downgrade of the home from a Three-Bedroom home to a Two-Bedroom plus a Den would severely reduce the resale value of the home in the future, making it a very bad business decision so we withdrew our offer.

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