There is more than one way to measure a house. The most common way appraisers, assessors, and real estate professionals measure single family residences is using ANSI Standards, but there are other standards. The ANSI measurement document can be found by visiting xxxx. Check locally to see what is customary in your market area.
To measure a single-family residence using ANSI Standards follow these steps:
1. Measure around the outside of the home using decimal feet and rounding to the 10th of a foot. Siding that extends floor to ceiling and the interior of the walls are included in the square footage. Fireplaces that stick out from the siding are not included.
2. Cut away the garage, remembering to include the walls that connect to the living area in the living area.
3. Once inside, it is a good idea to cross check and verify measurements found on the outside. This is a good time to also account for areas in above and below grade areas that do not match the main.
4. Finally, cut away any areas that are open to below or areas being careful to include the stairway in both levels. Also cut away areas that are under five feet in height. Areas under five feet and open to below areas are not part of the square footage total.
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