A lot of confusion surrounds the concept of measuring a home’s square footage. People measure the size of their home in many different ways but doing it inaccurately could greatly affect the total selling price. There is a square footage standard set by the American National Standards Institute and while it is voluntary to follow these requirements, they do ensure the most accurate size of your home.

  1. Measure the length and width of the exterior perimeter of your home. If your home is not a perfect rectangle, break the house down into measurable rectangles. It is helpful if you draw a diagram of your house first or use the survey to keep track of measurements.
  2. According to the ANSI, only inhabitable areas of the house should be measured. An “inhabitable area” is one with walls, a floor and a ceiling. High ceilings should only be counted towards the square footage of the first floor and areas that are unfinished (garages/porches/patios) should not be included at all.
  3. Measurements should be rounded to the nearest 0.5 linear foot. Multiply the length by the width to find the area of each section then add up each section to find your home’s total square footage.

Knowing how to measure the square footage of a home is extremely important not only for home appraisers but for home buyers as well. Make sure you’re getting what you paid for!

For more information or tips for buying a home, contact an expert Door agent today!

(Image via Sean MacEntee, flickr)