Calculating the Total Square Footage of your Home -
Guidelines your Realtor® must follow.
When calculating the Total Square Footage of your Home, Real Estate Agents have certain published guidelines* and codes we need to adhere to when the details of your home are entered into the Multiple Listing Service (MLS). Most of the guidelines come from our MLS and others come from Building Codes of the State or Township you are located within.
Determinants of square footage:
To include areas of the home in the total square footage of the home, these areas need to be completely finished and heated by a permanently installed heat source.
The finished areas must also have a ceiling height of at least 5’.
Any area that is open to the room below is not considered in the calculation of finished square footage either.
A) Therefore, that enclosed Sunroom that does not offer heat is not considered finished square footage. The Basement that does not have sheet rock or flooring, even though heated, is not finished square footage.
B) Therefore, if the sides of the home are angled only those parts of the room where the height is at least 5’ can be measured and included in the total finished square footage. The room may be 10 x 15 at the floor level but due to the angled sides it is not a 10 x 15 room at the 5’ level.
C) The Garage, Porch and Deck are not to be included in the finished square footage calculation.
D) If you have a two story home and the first floor is 1200 square foot finished but the living room has a Cathedral ceiling you do not have 1200 square feet times 2 when calculating your finished square footage. That “open area” would need to be deducted from the 2nd story square footage total.
Number of Bedrooms:
The Code states that in order for a room to be classified as a Bedroom it must have a Door, Closet, and Window (of a certain height and width).
Therefore the Open Loft is not considered a Bedroom.
The room with a door and a window but no closet cannot be classified as a Bedroom. It would be classified as a Den or Office.
Calculating the Total Square Footage of your Home - Guidelines your Realtor® must follow.
*These Guidelines were adopted from the American National Standards Institute and are applicable to those homes listed with the Pocono Mountain Association of Realtors® and may or may not be the same standards for the MLS that your home would be listed within.
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