Make sure when your looking at homes you know the true gross living sq. ft. of the home . You may think your buying a 1800 living sq. ft. home as advertised, but in reality your buying a 1600 sq. ft. living sq. ft. home. Living sq. ft. as defined for the main home in Florida is all space under roof and central heat and air. This does not apply to space where the floor drops from the main floor of the home as in a garage or lanai.
Florida rooms are a prime example of space that gets added into the total living sq. ft. on home listings.
In order for an appraiser to add living sq. ft. for a Lanai that has been turned into a Florida Room the Florida room must meet the following criteria.
Must have glass windows
Must have central heat and air not a add-on uint
The floor must be at the same level as the house
No patio doors from main house to Sun Room
All permits must be pulled and is it recognized by county assessor as gross living sq. ft.
If any of the above criteria are not met an appraiser cannot count the sq. ft. in the room as part of the gross living sq. ft.
True living sq. ft. affects the value of the home and comparing other homes of like kind in making a buying decision.