Measuring your house in a detailed and proper way is an important part of the preparation stage when putting your home on the market. In order to get the highest price as well as give your prospective buyers a realistic view of your home, you need to be able to provide the exact size of your entire property. You could hire a professional to do the job, but you can also do it yourself and save some time and money.
However, there are a few common mistakes most people make so here are several tips that can help you to precisely measure the size of your property.
Correct measuring tools
When you start measuring your home, make sure you get the numbers as accurate as possible. Your best investment at this point would be to get high quality measuring tools. In the past, most tools for sizing up a room were simple mechanical tools that have proven, over time, to be outdated and often inconsistent.
In the world of new technology, your best choice is purchasing a cutting-edge laser level that will enable you to precisely gauge your property size. It’s accurate and easy to use with the option of switching between metric and imperial units. It strikes a level laser beam on any surface, both vertically and horizontally, which allows you to easily determine the total length and width of any space.
Measuring the garage
Nowadays, most home buyers look for homes with a garage. Even if they don’t own multiple cars, there’s always a need for extra storage. So, if you were wondering about whether you should include your garage in the final measurements – the answer is yes! No one will object to having ample space to park their car and enough room for bicycles, sports equipment, seasonal clothes, barbeque grills and what not. What might prove to be a convincing factor for a buyer is knowing precisely how much room your garage offers.
Therefore, you should definitely measure your garage but show the numbers separately from the house itself. Most buyers like to see how big the living space is first before they consider the extra spaces. For a more professional presentation of your listing, you can present your home in three parts: the house itself, the garage, and the house and garage together. In this way, you’ll have everything covered and presented in a clear manner, which might help your potential buyers reach their decision more easily.
Measuring the attic and loft
In addition to the garage, spaces such as the attic and loft can also be included in the final measuring information, provided that they had been converted into a living space. If they are only used as storage, you won’t be able to count them into the total amount of your liveable space. Another condition that must be satisfied is that the loft has a ceiling that is at least 2.1 meters high.
Dealing with alcoves and walk-in closets
Having figured out how to measure your garage and attic or loft, there’s still the question of various nooks and crannies, alcoves and walk-in closets. The latter ones do not classify as living spaces so they can’t be included in your final measurements, but alcoves such as bay windows can. You only need to specify that the length and the width of the room are maximum dimensions, which means they may include special areas that add to the overall size of the house, such as reading nooks or bay windows.
With the tips listed here, you’ll be able to ensure a fair and accurate representation of your home to potential buyers and help them make the right decision that will bring you the best possible price and give them the home they have dreamed of.