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John,  in North Carolina

room measurements

Asked by John, North Carolina Tue Sep 11, 2007

my email is jck_deleon. My question is how do you measure a room with a square shape with 6'x6 'tail ,do you include that too or just not include the 6'x6' are that goes to the bathroom?

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In my experiences, the tail is not included. It is considered "bonus" footage. This is also common with oddly shaped gamerooms. Our MLS input forms only allow for a square measurement and this can be quite frustrating when there is a great deal of oddly shaped bonus area. However, I was always advised never to overmeasure and always round down. Buyers will never complain about extra space, but they will get very upset if they get less space than they were quoted.
2 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Sep 12, 2007
I answered a similar question you posted earlier and I will reiterate here: If you do this - use any & all floor space/living space as you like.... you see - it doesn't matter because you can't use the numbers in selling your home.

For one - they are at best considered "guesstimate" and if you write it down on any marketing or advertising you will be held accountable for the final numbers. If they are off - you stand a chance of losing the deal based on faulty information.

So, measure away - but if you provide the totals - make sure you tell them they are at best a "guess".
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Sep 12, 2007
Your profile says you are a real estate pro, is that correct?

The first law of real estate is don't perform services outside your area of expertise. In some states local custom is that the Realtor measure the property.

My Loss Prevention training in Keller Williams is that would you be better served to have the property measured by a professional with expertise in that job. Should there be a discrepancy in the measurements a third party would bear the brunt of the error, not you. Plus, they usually provide a handy property layout that you can put on your flyers (with the correct disclaimers of course), and upload to the MLS.
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Keith Sorem, Real Estate Pro in Glendale, CA
Your quesion is a bit confusing.. What is a 6x6 "Tail"? Is it an entry or hallway? If it is part of the room then just measure the 6x6=36sqft and then do the same with the square room and add them together. However, be wary of doing your square footage for your home. I've had For Sale By Owners measure their homes and get it all screwed up and then a prospective buyer checks with the county records and finds the property grossly over represented and then all heck breaks loose!! Especially if it is AFTER the transaction has closed. Or it happens when the appraiser comes back with a different number. Don't include the garage in the square footage or any unfinished rooms (unless specified in the appraisal).
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Sep 11, 2007
Jack you want to be as accurate as you can. Be sure to state somewhere that measurements are not warranted if you are doing them yourself. This will let the buyer know they will need to get them later.
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