When you find it is time to sell your home or if you are looking to buy a home, you will want to know how to calculate the square footage of the home you want to buy or sell. Square footage is a crucial component for buyers and sellers to understand, especially when describing your ideal home or describing your existing home.
Any buyer or seller knows there is a huge difference between a home that is 800 square feet versus a master bedroom that is 800 square feet, so it is a measurement that isn’t to be taken lightly…or incorrectly.
Square footage isn’t all created equal. If you are looking for a home that has more square footage in the master bedroom but you don’t require the most square footage elsewhere, the individual room size will be the most important aspect.
If you prefer a home with an overall square footage number, but don’t necessarily care where the measurements lie, you’ll want to calculate an overall number vs. room to room.
So, what is included in the square footage of a house and how does an average person calculate the square footage of a home? It’s time to take a trip back to 7th grade to figure out how much space your dream home contains or how much to appraise your house based on the calculated square footage you already have.
Since we don’t all have a handy dandy square footage calculator in our pockets or purses, we’ve decided to give you a quick tutorial on how to calculate the square footage of a room or entire home so you can rest assured you are getting the most bang for your buck.
How to calculate square feet
First, you’ll need a measuring tape or laser measure in order to get the square footage of any room that isn’t shaped completely abnormally. If you have a relatively square room, next you will want to retrieve the width and length of the room.
Say after you’ve measured a room you find the room is 20 feet wide by 13 feet long. You will use simple multiplication (20×13) to find a total of 260 square feet. Voila! You have just calculated the square footage of your very first room.
How to calculate the square footage of an entire house
While one room might seem easy, the rest of the house can be a bit of a chore. You’re probably asking yourself if you need to calculate the square footage of a closet, hallway, entryway, awkward corner in your living room that is too small for a desk but too big for a plant…
The answer is, yes. While some homes might seem like a drag to measure in entirety, unless you live in a house with the strangest architecture that has a round kitchen and rhombus dining room, you’re simply measuring a variety of shapes and dimensions of squares. Go from room to room, just as you did with the first and calculate in entirety.
For example, say you measure six rooms with the following measurements 200 + 500 + 800 + 400 + 400 + 300 you will yield a total of 2,600 total square feet. If you are wondering, “does square footage include my basement?” The answer is, YES! Square footage absolutely counts as do attics.
Square footage is up for debate, sometimes
Sometimes square footage is up for debate, whether it is you calculating the final number or it is done by someone else. You likely won’t find a home that is advertised for 1,342sqft. It will more likely be an even number or a number that is rounded for ease. At any rate, be mindful of who is calculating the number, if the source is reputable and ask lots of questions before you buy.
Now that you have the confidence to calculate your home’s square footage, check out our other articles to see how to apply for a loan, what you should look for in a home and how to get the best deal on your next home.