How Do You Measure a House?


September 25, 2015

HOW DO YOU MEASURE A HOUSE? Points from an article by Attorney Robert Kutner:


There are many variables in the way square footage is obtained and there is no standard method for determining “gross living area.”

  • Do you measure the full exterior foundation of a property or do you exclude the depth of the exterior walls?
  • What does “gross living area” include?
  • Are finished rooms like attics or porches included? What if the finished area is unheated?
  • What about rooms where the floor area does not satisfy the minimum required ceiling height due to the slope of the roof?
  • What about interior stairways?
  • What about split-level or split-entry homes? Is the finished lower level counted?
  • What about a lower-level walk-out where there are full sized windows and maybe and exterior door?

The assessor’s information provided on the field card is deemed reliable. In the case of a condominium, the master deed or unit deed generally provide square footage.

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