If you have decided to put your property up for sale, the first thing you should do in order to fully gauge your selling potential as well as give prospective buyers a realistic measurement of the property, is to actually measure the exact size of the house in square metres. While you could hire a professional to do it for you, you can absolutely take matters into your own hands and cut down costs while saving precious time.
Fortunately, measuring the size of your property is not overly complicated. However, there are common misconceptions and intricacies you should look out for before you decide to advertise. Here is how you can properly measure the size of your property in order to sell it at the right price.
Measuring the size of the property the right way
First things first, you need to ensure all measurements are as accurate as possible, so investing in a reliable laser level would be a prudent decision that will allow you to gauge the size of your property just right. You will also be able to switch between metric and imperial units, which can come in handy if you find yourself negotiating with North American home buyers.
You can measure the size of the property by simply going wall to wall in order to assess the total length and width of the room, after which you can simply add up all the measurements of every room in the total amount. Don’t forget to include hallways and landings in your total score, as well as any nooks and alcoves for a detailed measurement.
What about the garage?
Many homeowners are unsure whether or not their garage space should be included in the final measurement. The simple answer is yes, and no. To break it down, you should absolutely measure your garage as it is an inextricable part of your property, but you should measure it and present it separately. Homebuyers love to see the measurements of the living space only, so it’s a good idea to exclude the garage from the total size of the house.
If you want to showcase your professional side though, you should present your property with three different measurements: the house, the garage, and the house with the garage space included. This way you will be covering all fronts and you will be making the homebuyers’ decision-making process infinitely easier.
Is the attic or loft included?
If you have a loft or an attic, you might feel unsure whether or not you should include it in your total measurement. There are rules to this as well, as not all additional spaces can be counted into the total size of the house. In order for the loft or attic to qualify, it needs to be converted into living space, with the loft having a ceiling at least 2.1 metres in height.
How to deal with walk-in closets and alcoves?
Homeowners will regularly wonder whether the various nooks and crannies around the house, as well as storage spaces such as walk-in closets, should be included into the final measurement. While alcoves, such as bay windows, should be added with a “maximum dimensions” disclosure, walk-in closets do not classify as a living space, and should therefore be left out of the final score.
Maximum measurements, or “into bay”, is a clarification for homebuyers that the length and width of the room may include special areas that add to the total size of the house. This, while not practically a living space, can be a bay window, a reading nook, etc. However, these areas are inviolable elements of that living space, and therefore can be included into the final measurement.
When thinking about putting your home up for sale, the first thing you need to do is to measure the exact size of the property in order to give the necessary information to prospective home buyers that will help them reach the right decision. With these common misconceptions put to rest, you will have no problem selling your home for all it’s worth.