I did an inspection about two weeks ago on a cape cod home claimed to be built in the 50’s. I suspect the home was built in the 20’s based on visual evidence of the floor joist lumber and remnants of Knob & Tube wiring. The home had a center stairwell to the old “attic” space that was converted at some point after the home was built to two “bedrooms”. The home had a GFA furnace.
The room on the right had a window to the exterior, heat duct, closet, receptacles, door, and a light switch.
The room on the left had a window to the exterior, light switch, knee wall storage, door, receptacles, and NO heat source.
I mentioned in my report that according to industry standards, the room on the left may not be considered a bedroom as there was no source of heat. Note: I don’t care if there is a closet or not as many homes built at the turn of the century did not have closets.
This statement caused much grief. My client nor the selling agent noticed there was no heat in the left bedroom. The city assessor was called and said it was a bedroom based on the records. A previous assessor from the neighboring city was called and said it wasn’t.
Just wondering if there is a source that anyone may know of regarding the definition of a bedroom besides being a room larger than 90 square feet. I’m just interested in the facts and how to word the report or just say, “Heat Source: Not Present” and leave it like that.