Rules Roundup: Porches
What’s the difference between a 4-season porch, a 3-season porch and a screen porch? When does an enclosed porch get included in finished square feet?
Those are some common questions that can arise if you have a client that has a porch on their property. Here are some quick answers:
A 4-season porch is a room that functions as an interior room, but allows you to take in the views of the outdoors year-round. It has permanent heat and is included in the finished square footage of the home.
A 3-season porch has windows with integrated screen systems and can be used for long periods throughout the year. They can shield you from outdoor elements such as rain, wind, sun and insects, but 3-season porches are not heated. Therefore, it is not a part of finished square footage, but is considered an enclosed space.
Screened porches are a covered porch that has screened openings instead of windows. A screened porch may be less sheltered from the outdoor elements, but still offers protection from the sun and bothersome insects in the summer. Screen porches should not be included in the finished square footage.
Contact the NorthstarMLS Rules & Regs Department at 651-251-3210.
Thanks to Paula Gunderson of RE/MAX Results (Elk River) and Kevin Bumgardner of Counselor Realty, Inc. (Fridley) for submitting their questions pertaining to properties with porches in the MLS. They will both receive a $30 Caribou Coffee gift card!
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