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Having said that, I would not be surprised to find houses that included any or all of the above.
This is something that the Inspector and Appraiser look for, and corrects when the house is sold.
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There are any number of reasons why a basement normally wouldn't qualify as living space square footage. First of all it would need to conform to all of the existing code regulations regarding plumbing, electrical, HVAC with a primary and secondary means of egress. I suppose if a basement were designed to be a disignated living space and met all code guidelines,that it's possible that basement square footage could be includer but how many basements do you know of that are originally intended to meet living space needs?
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Usually, the square footage of a home includes living spaces that are above 'the threshold" of the main door to the home. Everything 'above grade' is to be counted as Heated Living Area (HLA) if finished (walls, floor, and ceiling), heated from the same source, and is all connected.
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) was asked by Fannie Mae on how to measure square footage. ANSI said, in effect, that because the majority of basements in the USA are surrounded with dirt (below grade), and have no windows, they are basements regardless of whatâ€™s there. Thus, basements are generally not included in the square footage calculation.