I was going to make an offer on a house. Listing sheet said it was 1350 sq feet. The house did not look that big, so I measured it and it was

Asked by Joshua, Los Angeles County, CA Wed Jun 30, 2010

about 200 sq ft smaller. Does appraiser go by what the house actually measures or by what is stated on property profile

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Kim & Kristi…, Agent, Santa Monica, CA
Thu Jul 1, 2010
Hi Joshua,

It depends on the appraiser your bank sends out and the type of appraisal requirements for your loan. I have had appraisers measure each and every room. Some appraisers walk thru take pictures and do the rest from their office according to the county tax records and MLS.

Good luck, hope you get the home!


Kristine :)
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Jo Lasley, Agent, Santa Rosa, CA
Wed Jun 30, 2010
Each county has records of the home. When it was built, beds, baths, etc including the square footage. A reputable appraiser is suppose to measure the home at the time they are doing the property inspection. Don't forget, garages are NOT included in the living area of the home.
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Scott Godzyk, Agent, Manchester, NH
Wed Jun 30, 2010
The appraiser should measure the home on their own, unfortanately some agent will use measurements from old MLS listings or the towns tax assessor. Unfortanately one of them could be wrong and teh wrong number is passed from one listing to another. Always check facts on your own such as measurements.

good luck with your purchase.
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Grace Hanamo…, Agent, Cupertino, CA
Wed Jun 30, 2010
Hello Josh and thanks for your post.

It is not surprising that your measurements, which I presume were made by measuring each room and then adding the square footages together, was about 200 feet short of the stated amount. The tax assessor will typically use the square footage stated by the home builder or developer. While the plans may certainly call for a home of 1300 square feet, often the "as built" (as we call it in the industry) is not the same as the filed plans, so that anywhere from 20-100 feet of home can be missing. Also, people typically forget that the flooring on which "walls" are placed are also considered in the calculation, so it is not at all uncommon that walls within the home take up as much as or more than 200-300 square feet of space. Consider that the average wall is 6 inches thick, so that every two linear feet of wall equals one square foot of floor space.

As Tom and John noted below, your best and most accurate calculation of square footage will come from a qualified and knowledgeable appraiser who will measure the exterior of your home and deduct from the calculations those areas that are not heated or habitable.

Good luck and happy home ownership!

Grace Morioka
Area Pro Realty
San Jose, CA
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Tom Sandlin, , Jacksonville, FL
Wed Jun 30, 2010

It is important to measure the home correctly. Think of the home as a box and inside that box are seperate compartments or rooms. When measuring square footage in a home you measure the area of the box to get a total square footage and then deduct any square footage that is not heated and cooled. This is the way an appraiser would measure the home. If you are purchasing the home, you can verify the square footage based on the appraisal done for you, and dispute with the seller if neccessary.

If one were to measure each individual room the measure ment would not equal the area of the box because one is not accounting for space taken up by walls and/or closets.
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John Barry, Agent, Eagle Rock, VA
Wed Jun 30, 2010
Hi Joshua,

The appraiser will actually measure the property to verify the square footage, and not just go by the property profile information. As a side note, the square footage of any unpermitted additions to the property will not be included by the appraiser when determining the value.

Hope this helps...

John Barry
DRE #01856079
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
Cell: 323-810-7976
Email: john.barry@coldwellbanker.com
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