Sunday, March 26, 2023 / by Steve Ticknor
How Square Footage is Determined
What is Square Footage?First of all, we've all heard this term before. But do you actually know what it means? In real estate terms, this is the total actual dedicated living space inside of a home. According to Bankrate, "livable space" must include walls, a ceiling, a floor, and heat. That means garages, unfinished basements, and patios/porches do not count as livable space. However, hallways and stairwells (for multiple-story homes) do count.
How to Calculate ItDetermining the square footage for a whole house? Before you freak out, think about your house in terms of several smaller boxes. Measure out each one of those boxes and then add them all up together. Square or rectangular rooms? No problem. Take the total length of one side of the room and multiply it by the length of one of the adjoining walls. For example, a 10-foot by 15-foot rectangular room equals 150 square feet (10 x 15).
But what happens with weirdly shaped rooms? If all rooms have straight walls, you just need to break up each section into its own "box". Let's say your bedroom includes a smaller sitting area, a reading nook, and a walk-in closet. Measure each "square" or "rectangular" section of the room and add those together. Better yet, make your life easier and simply use vCalc's square footage calculator to help you with any shape, including a circular room.
Sunstone Real Estate Group at Coldwell Banker Realty, Lake Havasu City, AZ