Determining square footage

How would you respond if a valued realtor asked you to confirm square footage of the home during the inspection, “to get ahead” of the appraisal.

It’s obviously out of the question, if not only because of the extra time it would take, but ignore that part.

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That is not something that I do but I have a tape measure if you want to do it while I’m here.


Extra liability if you’re willing to do it. Lot’s of law suits out there based on who’s measuring and reporting.


I don’t understand the question. What’s this “valued” realtor you speak of? :thinking:


I would just say it doesnt matter what I come up with… The appraiser will do it anyways, and my measurement wont mean squat.


Sounds like a great job for the appraisal agent.


I want to get ahead of lunch, so be a sweetheart and go pick me up some Chipotle.


This agent must be new, or inexperienced. I would tell them my measurements would be useless.


They are relatively new, although they were given the idea to ask me to do this by a real estate lawyer, believe it or not.

Since you are in Texas tell the RE Salesperson to check the County CAD data since that is what taxes are based on anyhow.


Why get ahead of an appraisal?

I think someone just wanted to verify what was advertised.

But let me get back to the question.

“Determining square footage is not a service I provide”


There are pros and cons to helping that realtor out. There is liability, which you can try to explain away, but there is also the upside of demonstrating to them how smart and helpful you are.

We had a thread on this before. You may want to go visit it and see various opinions others had to offer that might be different than mine. For me it has worked out.

Before you offer this service, learn how to measure residential sqft. it is more complicated than you might think.


I’m still trying to understand how you “get ahead of the appraisal,” and why a realtor would need to since it doesn’t concern them. Sounds like some serious bull-sheet there. The fact that it came from a lawyer makes it doubly suspect.

I’m glad no ones building to those standards. “Level Areas of the house that are vertically within 2 feet of the same horizontal plane.”

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I think the story is - The realtor recently had an experience where they found out the actual square footage was less than what was listed so there was some wasted time renegotiating?


Thanks a lot Bert, very cool.

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This story was from a few years ago.

RECA (Real Estate Council of Alberta) has RMS (Residential Measurement Standards) that realtors must use to accurately measure a residential property.

I thought about getting into this, when I still lived in Alberta, but there wasn’t enough $$$ involved, and we decided it wasn’t worth the headaches. At the time, realtors only wanted to pay $50 to go measure up a property. :smiley:


I would tell them to look it up on the property appraiser office.


Very simply: I would let him/her know that I can measure it, but s/he cannot rely on my measurements in a real estate transaction because I am not licensed to perform that task. I would let him/her know that an Appraiser would be the one to measure and also guarantee. BTW, the same is true when a Realtor does a CMA. The Realtor’s estimates are not final. The Appraiser’s is.


That is what I would do. Here I base my square footage off of the tax assessors website. Real estate agents can use whatever number they want, this is the hard number.


There are several ways to measure Real Estate property. You probably don’t know what these are. The Realtor has many resources to determine what they need without pulling out a measuring tape.

Just say No.