Properly Calculating the Square Footage of your Home

When buying a house or selling property, calculating your square footage can be a complex process. Your real estate agent should measure the square footage for you, but they may leave out some important areas. It is vitally important that you get an accurate measurement and get every foot equated for.

Measuring the Exterior

     Exterior measurements are the first piece to get calculated. The way this is done is by measuring the exterior walls first, and then a sketch is made showing the perimeter. This can be a difficult measurement depending on the landscaping.

Unfinished Areas

     Your house may have some important unfinished areas like in the garage, or in an attic with enough space to be worthy. However, these spaces are not accounted for because they are not considered living space.

Closets and Hallways

     These will only be counted for only if the area is finished and heated. If the closet isn't completely finished, it won't be accounted for.

Bay Windows & Sloped Ceilings

     If you have bay window(s) and the ceiling is seven feet or taller, it will be included in the measurement. The area for sloped ceilings will only count if it is five feet or taller.

     The home's square footage reflects finished living space ready to be occupied by the resident. Heating has to be done by a conventional system and also must be accessible from another living space room. Steps are often missed when calculating the measurements, which is why the numbers rarely match up on the PVA or local listings. Remember that ceilings that are too low and if the space isn't finished, it won't be calculated in the measurement.

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