is the garage included in the square feet of the home?

Asked by Bobby, Corpus Christi, TX Wed Oct 24, 2012

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Marty Shields, Agent, San Antonio, TX
Thu Oct 25, 2012
Usually not. The square footage is only air conditioned space or living space. If the gargage has been converted them it would be included.

Marty Shields
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Claudia McSh…, Agent, San Antonio, TX
Wed Oct 24, 2012
Dear Bobby,

The square footage should only reflect heated and cooled spaces. Garages, porches, balconies and such are usually not air conditioned or heated, if they are though, they should be.

Claudia McShane
Joyce Klein Realtors
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Terry McCarl…, Agent, Cape Coral, FL
Thu Oct 25, 2012
Normally the square footage of the home reflects the living area itself which doesn't include the garage. Then total square footage includes the home and garage.
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Bill Eckler, Agent, Venice, FL
Thu Oct 25, 2012
The answer is both yes and no....Agarage is included in the structures total square footage but is not included in the square footage under HVAC.
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Doc & Ellen…, Agent, San Antonio, TX
Thu Oct 25, 2012
Hi, Bobby,

Generally the square footage shown on a listing includes only contiguous, air-conditioned space inside the primary structure, not including the garage, decks, patios, porches, etc. The square footage can be obtained from the County Appraisal District (which is sometimes based on old date) or a recent appraisal where a licensed Appraiser actually measured the home, or Builder plans.

Best regards,

Doc Stephens, REALTOR
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Jose Novelo, Agent, San Antonio, TX
Thu Oct 25, 2012
No, it only includes "living area" , Garage is not included.
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Maria Cipoll…, Agent, Coral Springs, FL
Thu Oct 25, 2012
Most of the listings indicated: TA (total sq. ft area including garage porch, balcony, etc) and LA (will exclude the garage, deck, florida room, balcony, etc). Normally the garage is not included in the square feet of the property.

Best of Luck,

Maria Cipollone

Century 21 Tenace
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My NC Homes…, Agent, Chapel Hill, NC
Thu Oct 25, 2012
It should not be. The only space that should be included in the square footage of a property is the finished, heated and cooled space. You should also know that square footage is calculated by measuring the exterior. Most homes have walls 6" thick so the actual living square footage of any home is less than what is listed by a Realtor or Appraiser. Garages, porches, decks, patios etc are often listed as "Other" square footage but this varies throughout the country according to local norms.
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Mike Sullivan, Agent, Gainesville, FL
Thu Oct 25, 2012
The garage should not be included in the square footage of the home. The listed sf should be 'heated and cooled space', as such it would exclude areas such as the garage and covered porches and patios, which generally is referred to as total sf under roof.

Hope this helps!
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Peter Owen, Agent, San Antonio, TX
Thu Oct 25, 2012
Garage space is not included in the living area as described in home descriptions in services like MLS. If the garage was built out into living space, it can be added to the Living Area by having it properly assessed.
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