How does the number of stories affect the cost per square foot of a home?

Asked by Susan, Santa Ana, CA Fri Mar 25, 2011

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Karen Parsons…, Agent, Laguna Beach, CA
Sat Mar 26, 2011
Hi Susan,

It doesn't in the sense that they are measuring the square footage the same way. As far as whether a home is more expensive per square footage on a 2 story home....probably. Many people like the idea of a two story home and so they pay more for it. That's just an opinion....each situation is going to be different. Did that make sense?

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Scott Hulen, , 64068
Fri Mar 25, 2011
I give a general answer that 2 story homes are less per sq ft then 1 1/2 story homes & ranch homes are generally the most expensive per sq ft. Sq ft pricing is not usually the best way to compare homes as homes vary greatly in fixtures & quality of construction & materials used. Some people include the cost of the lot in the cost per sq ft and this can greatly skew the data.
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