Measuring square footage is essential before planning a home renovation, and it can also help if you choose to sell your home. By knowing the dimensions of your living space, you can accurately showcase your home to prospective buyers in the future.
However, it can be tricky to find the measurements of every space, especially those with sharp angles and slopes. Whether you’re planning a renovation or you simply want to know your square footage, here are six mistakes to avoid while measuring.
1. Failing to consider tax record amounts
While creating tax records, appraisers are brought into a home to measure its square footage and depth. This is done to determine how the house can be priced according to others in the area. However, many homeowners fail to look at their tax record measurements, which could give them a better idea of the space they’re working with.
2. Overlooking commonly used standards
Measurements used in the disclosure of a house by a real estate agent must align with commonly used standards, such as those from HUD, Fannie Mae, or the American National Standards Institute. Additionally, homeowners who choose to measure themselves must make note of it in the disclosure.
3. Measuring the interior of the house
Square footage should always be measured according to the exterior wall sheathing. Furthermore, it should be done on all floors of the home. Items such as staircases should be accounted for when calculating the total amount of space.
4. Including exterior, non-living spaces
Unless your garage, basement, or patio is completely finished and heated, it should not be calculated in your square footage measurements. Ideally, the square footage should account for the amount of “livable” space you have in your home.
5. Accounting for sloped ceilings
Sloped areas less than 5 feet tall cannot be included in square footage calculations. At least half of finished living spaces must have a ceiling height of at least 7 feet.
6. Failing to consult the original blueprints
Blueprints can be an ideal starting point for you or any professional contractor who is helping you to measure square footage. A paper floor plan can give you the numbers you need to calculate the square footage or input into a computer-aided design program.