# When calculating total sq ftge for selling, should I deduct the unused area of a vaulted ceiling in FamRoom?

Asked by Nemetheva, Millis, MA Tue Jan 10, 2012

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It is square feet, not cubic feet. Just use the info from the field card.
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Use what is called the "footprint". That is the perimeter of the building. If has two floors, not high ceilings, that is when you add to the calculation. Of course the tax record is a good place to start, but it is not always current. An experienced real estate professional is very useful for this kind of thing.

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Are you selling yourself?
You should really get the help of a professional.
Good Luck
Don't worry about the vaulted ceilings but if you have a finished basement and you include it the square footage make sure your agent discloses how much square footage is the finished basement in the listing sheet. Buyers appreciate it.

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Ignore height, you can put it in the description of the property as it will indicate to the potential buyers that it will
feel larger because of the height. But as the other agents explained, sq.ft. is length and width of any room,
never put height into it, you want the living space, surface area only...

As you measure the sq.ft. of a lot size, same there width by depth of the lot....

It is easiest when it is a one floor ranch or a symmetrical 2 story home, and you can actually measure the
outside foundation width and length and then multiply by 2 if a 2 story building, but often it becomes complicated when you have split level homes, or irregular floor plans.

Good luck to you.
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Hi Nemetheva,

The height of the ceilings should not be considered when measuring square footage.

As a general rule, you will arrive at square footage amounts by measuring the foundation of any above-grade FINISHED living space and then multiplying length by width. If there are multiple foundations, you will do the same for these and then add all the results together. If there are multiple floors, you will do the same things and then add all the results.

You could certainly use the field card as Heidi suggested below, but you might want to check the town's data...it is not always accurate.

Best of luck to you for a speedy sale!
Square footage is Lenth of Room X Width of Room.

You dont have to muliply LxWxHeight
You should include only living area on the ground not the ceiling. Check with your town and they can give you the square footage on the field card.