How We Measure a House

Measuring a houseNothing can be more confusing than a 12" ruler when you don't know how to use it. How does the appraiser measure a house? "The real estate agent said the house I'm buying is 3,600 sq.ft. with the finished basement. How come your appraisal only says 2,400?" How does the appraiser measure a condominium when all you have is airspace? The following link to the document "Residential Square Foot Guidelines" prepared by the State of North Carolina Real Estate Commission has an excellent example of how we at Piekos Appraisals measures a property. We follow the guidelines as shown by this document. The only time we will vary from measuring as described in the State of North Carolina's web page is that we will round (up or down) to the nearest half (1/2) foot for the sake of brevity.

Do you need a property measured? There are many reasons why real estate agents and homeowners need houses measured. Here are just a few examples:
  • The square footage is incorrect on the county records
  • A new room has been added to the house
  • Should the enclosed porch or patio be considered as Gross Living Area?
  • A second opinion is needed on another appraiser's sketch
  • A real estate agent does not want to be held liable for the square footage listed in the MLS

We will provide this service within our coverage area for $150 for homes up to 3,500 sq.ft. Homes over 3,500 sq.ft. subject to quote. Please contact us regarding an appointment.