When you're preparing to sell, you’ll have to answer the question, “What is the square footage of your home?” And your ability to answer that question accurately could mean the difference between thousands of dollars in your pocket or someone else’s. 

So how is square footage determined and what is the best way to find the accurate square footage of your house? Read on...

Long before construction begins on home, it must be approved by the city. A floor plan is drawn up by the architect, submitted to the city, and then the city determines whether the plan meets city codes and variances. If everything looks good, then construction the home begins. 

But did you know that sometimes the original floor plan doesn’t accurately reflect the square footage of your finished home? If you think about it, it’d be easy to make an error because you’d only need to make a mistake of a few inches here and a few inches there to end up with a significantly different total square footage. In fact, we’ve seen it be off by more than 200 square feet!  

This poses a big problem because homes are sold by price per square foot. The more square footage, the more your home is worth. To put this into numbers, if your home is 150 square feet off, and you get a $100 per square foot, then that’s $10,500 that you could potentially be losing because your square footage isn’t right! 

So what can you do to ensure that you have a correct measurement? We recommend getting your house measured by a licensed appraiser rather than just relying on the county records. Knowing the correct measurement will allow you to make a better decision when it comes to the listing price. 

We love talking about how to prepare your home for sale and would love to answer any additional questions you may have regarding your real estate property. Give one of our BHURDinUTAH agents a call or text today!