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A 'legal' Bedroom In Stafford, VA Need Not Have A Closet

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Digger88

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first im hearing of this, lol. all you need is 2 forms of in/egress, a smoke detector and something else menial (door i think) i forgot about. my whole life has been a bedroom needs a closet. you build a 5 bedroom home on a lot with a 3 bedroom perc just take out 2 closets and youre golden was the trick for many years. weird.
 

hastalavista

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I think it is generally accepted that a bedroom needs at least one interior and one exterior egress. This is why there are rarely bedrooms in the middle of a house surrounded by other rooms (although a light well could afford egress in an urban area).
Closets may or may not be required by the "market". A room with no closet may have some functional obsolescence (but an Amoire could be had for $500 at many furniture stores).
I agree with you that if the septic system is rated for 2-bedrooms, I would classify the house as a 2-bedroom house regardless of what other rooms they may have.

A bedroom is many times an element of comparison.
Adjustments to elements of comparison are based on the market reaction.
A room that isn't a bedroom may have similar utility to one in a particular market.
So, sometimes, such differences warrant an adjustment and sometimes they don't.
Classifying the room count accurately is one thing and adjusting for the market-based reactions for any differences are another.
 

JTip

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I looked at a really nice home recently, a real classy place (70's era).

No closets in any of the bedrooms. The master, no closet, had a personal hall down to the bath, wic (his) and boudoir (hers).

The two of each of the four bedrooms (no closets) shared a private hall with a J&J bath and two closets.
 

Michigan CG

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According to some appraisers I have appraised a bunch of homes with no bedrooms even though I was pretty convinced they had 3 or 4.
 
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