Whether you are an expert in real estate or a property owner, you need to know how to compute the square footage of a house. Being a complicated process, getting the measurements wrong can affect the value of a home. If a 2000 square-foot space turns to be officially 1700 for instance, the value of that property will be affected since the calculated cubic meters of an section is what is used to figure the home’s value.

For most people, the gross living area is what comes to mind whenever they think of square footage. Getting this calculation right is crucial to determining the amount you will pay in taxes, possible future renovations and setting the selling or buying price of the property.

## Getting the Square Footage of the Entire Property

Measuring one room may be simple, while getting the same measurements for a property as big as the white house may seem daunting. You only need to break each area into small boxes and measure each. Then, add each square footage of the small boxes to get the total. If for instance, the bedroom, bathroom and kitchen are 500, 400 and 300 respectively, the formula you use to get the inches of the area is 500+400+300=1200. As a general rule, your square foot should extend from the framing to the wall’s exterior.