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Crystal Bull…, Real Estate Pro in Wilmington, NC

I am trying to measure a townhome for the first time. Am I correct in measuring the length of the property x?

Asked by Crystal Bullock, Wilmington, NC Mon Jul 13, 2009

the width and adding 6 inches for exterior and common walls? If so, how do I deduct the stairs? Previous lisings for this property are all over the place and I want to get it right. I am a fairly new agent and keep getting conflicting answers on this. Help!

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Hmm, being driven crazy? All in the day for a Realtor :) I don't have the book in front of me, but I'd say measure from the inside, and add 6 inches for outside walls (as most homes are made up of 2x4's which are 3.5 inches wide, and then add the drywall and exterior sheathing and finish gets close to 6 inches on average) and add 3 inches for common walls (this was how I was taught to measure townhouse) Figure out the total area of the townhouse, and then for the stairs, measure the area that the stairs take up, and subtract from one of the levels. Add up and you have your sqft for the TH.

You are not expected to be 100% accurate, but you need to be fairly accurate in your measurements. As a learning experience, you might think about measuring the TH, coming up with your figures, and then hiring an appraiser to measure for you, but tag along when they measure and learn from them. I did this when I was first starting out and it helped me learn to measure. Last time I did this it cost around $75 for the appraiser to measure and provide me a diagram.
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Your broker in charge should be assisting you with this. The NC real estate commission puts out a publication called "Residential Square Footage Guidelines' that you should always keep handy to reference when measuring a house. You can order it from:…

I know my local board always has copies of it forsale, you could also check your local board and see if they have it. Pick up a copy, read thru it, and then talk with your Broker In Charge regarding any questions you may have.

I've had similar discussions with new agents and agents that have been around for decades, and it does seem there is alot of conflicting opinions on how to measure in situations like this, and I'd expect you to get conflicting info from here as well. You safest bet is to get the book (it's a very thin yellow book) and talk with your BIC. Good luck.
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Thanks Daniel. My BIC did give me the book, and I thought I understood it pretty well. However, when I look at the rest of the townhouses in that development, tthe townhomes that should be the same size are listed all over the place. That drives me crazy~
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End unit, so three sides are available, but one common wall. I tried to read the NC measuring guidelines.
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Is it an end unit or interior unit?
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I was measuring the interior, is that wrong? I am new at Trulia as well so was unsure if this is how I should respond to your question. Thanks for responding so fast!
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Are measuring the exterior or are you trying to measure from the inside?
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