James Davies, Home Buyer in Poughkeepsie, NY

how is square feet measured?

Asked by James Davies, Poughkeepsie, NY Sat Apr 21, 2012

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To measure the square footage of a room, measure the length of the room, then the width, and multiply. Example, a 12foot by 10foot room would be 120 square feet.
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Hi James,

Most people leave the determination of a property's square footage to the professionals and resort to information via an appraiser or the local tax records.

Hope this helps,

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James, this is a great question! The answer is it depends. If you want the square footage of a room, measure length x width. If you want the square footage of a house, you can measure the exterior and do the same. If you don't have a simple shape (such as a ranch or colonial - typically rectangular in shape), then you have to break it up. Unfortunately it's not uncommon to find differences in square footage measurements. Tax records may have one figure, an appraiser may have a different figure and the listing agent may have a third figure. It's best to confirm the accuracy if square footage is important in your home search. Hope this helps.

Curtis C Darragh
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Legacy Land & Homes LLC
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