Definition of Terms
Above Grade Living Area Total Sq. Ft. represents the finished above grade living area in a house. It does not include unfinished areas, the area occupied by a cathedral ceiling, enclosed non-living areas such as garages and enclosed porches, or basement area or finished basement living space.
The total number of finished rooms, including finished basement rooms. Does not include bathrooms, furnace rooms, utility rooms, or foyers.
The total number of bedrooms in the house, including the basement. A room must have a fire escape (window or door) to qualify as a bedroom on the assessment record.
Half baths include a sink and toilet only. Full baths include at least a sink, shower, and toilet. Counts include basement bathrooms in the total bathroom count.
The number of fireplaces in a house, including the basement. A fireplace with a single firebox which has openings in two different rooms is counted as one fireplace. A gas fireplace with the interior appearance of a wood-burning fireplace (a brick or marble hearth and brick, marble, or wood front, for example) is counted as one fireplace. Free-standing wood-burning stoves are not counted.
The finished rooms in the basement level of a house. These may include recreation rooms (identified by the square footage of the basement they occupy), bedrooms, or dens. Other finished basement room types such as offices and game rooms are placed within one of these categories.
of property into construction quality and physical condition categories
is a subjective decision and is based on a number of factors. However,
great emphasis is placed on assigning a construction quality and condition
that places the subject property within uniformity with similar houses
and that allows for proper reflection of its market value. The following
information contains some of the basic evaluation criteria used to establish
Residential properties are divided into six construction quality categories: Commercial Grade, Average, Good, Excellent, Luxury, and Mansion. There are also plus modifiers within each category (i.e., Good 10). The complete listing of construction quality follows:
In addition to construction quality, residential properties are divided into five condition categories: Good, Average Plus, Average, Fair, and Poor. A property is considered to be in Good condition if the kitchen and master bath or a majority of baths have been fully remodeled (i.e. installation of new cabinets, counter tops, flooring, fixtures, etc. in the kitchen and new vanity, sink, fixtures, flooring, commode, wainscot etc. in the baths). An Average Plus category is applied to properties that have had only one component, kitchen or bath(s), remodeled. Should the additional component be remodeled at a later date, the condition may be upgraded to Good. Good or Average Plus condition ratings will remain on the record until the market no longer perceives the added value of the remodel. The county reviews valid sales data annually in order to determine how many years the market place perceives added value for remodeling. Average condition refers to condition that is typical for a property of its age. The property will show signs of normal wear and tear for a property of its age. It is applied to new properties and older properties that have been maintained on a regular basis. Fair condition is used to describe properties with extensive deferred maintenance or wear and tear beyond what is typical for a property of its age. The property has a shortened life expectancy due to physical deterioration. Poor condition is used to describe properties with significant structural or safety issues. These properties would have limited value in their current condition. The property is near the end of its physical life and requires major repairs or reconstruction.
Please note that construction quality and condition are independently determined. For example, an older property may have a high quality of original construction, yet have received little or no maintenance or updating and also have serious foundation damage. In this case, the classification may be Excellent for construction but Poor for condition.
Finished Area Over Unfinished Area
Fairfax County maps are arranged by map page, then quadrant within the page, then by double circle, then by single circle (if it exists), and then by parcel number. For the property ID 0193 10 0045, the map is 019, the quadrant of the map is 3, the double circle is 10, there is no single circle, and the parcel number is 0045.