Question #2: Is That Different Than “Large?”

Original hardwood floors have just been re-done, four oversize bedrooms, tremendous woodwork & period fixtures.”

—-“Public Remarks,” MLS.

“Oversized” is one of those imprecise adjectives that you occasionally run into in real estate:  its certainly sounds good, but, on closer inspection, doesn’t convey much if any information.

Sort of like “premium,” “deluxe,” and that ever-popular real estate staple, “wonderful.”

Call it the marketing equivalent of potato chips or pretzels, which taste good but (only) pack empty calories.

“THIS Big!”

So, exactly how big is an “oversized” bedroom?

Search me.

But if pressed, I’d start by noting that an average-sized Bedroom is usually around 150 square feet (12′ x 12′, 15′ x 10′, 14′ x 11′ are all in that vicinity).

To qualify as “oversized,” I’d say that a Bedroom would have to be at least one-third bigger than that (the Bedrooms in the listing above most certainly weren’t).

But see, “Garages”

The one exception to “oversized” being relatively meaningless?

When it qualifies “garage.”

So, if a garage is in between a 2-car garage and a 3-car garage ” or is a 2-car garage with an unusual amount of storage ” I’ll bill it as an “oversized two-car garage.”

That’s preferable to getting caught up in semantics about what exactly constitutes a 2.5-car garage.

See also, “Real Estate Clichés and How to Avoid Them“; “Double Lot,” Defined; “That Garage is HOW Big??”; and “How to Hide a 3-Car Garage.

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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