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Floor Plan Measuring for Real Estate: FAQ

Floor Plan for a Condo

Often times when we first meet our new clients, we get a few common questions regarding how things are done when we do our floor plan measuring. Here are the frequently asked questions by REALTORS® and homeowners: What is your title? How long does it take to measure? Do you measure closets, pantries? Do you measure garages, decks, workshops or garden sheds? What is the Total Usable Area? What is the Not Included Area? Are the walls included? Do you have to go through all my rooms and closets? Do we need to move furniture out of the way? Where’s your big roll of tape measure? Can you give us the square footage right away after you finish measuring? When can I get the final floor plan? Do you put the room dimensions on MLS, MLXchange, or Realtor.ca? Have any more questions? Q: What is your title? A: You may think it’s funny, but we get asked this a lot! We are officially called Floor Plan Measuring Technicians. We are experienced technicians that come from architectural or interior designing backgrounds with experience in drafting and a keen sense of direction and space. Back to Top Q: How long does it take to measure? A: For a typical 2000 SQFT home, it will take about an hour, for a 3000 SQFT home about 1.5 hours. So it is about 30min per 1000 SQFT. However, this very much depends on the layout and design of the home. For example, if a home has many walls, or architectural features such as angled walls and large millwork, it may take us a bit longer than normal. Back to Top Q: Do you measure closets, pantries? A: Yes we do. They are part of the interior finished area, and should definitely be included in the Total Usable Area. After all, you’d like to have buyers pay for the pantry along with the house, right? Back to Top Q: Do you measure garages, decks, workshops or garden sheds? A: We measure everything that is part of the construction plan. This includes garages, decks, workshops but not necessarily garden sheds if they are just a small addition in the back yard. However, you can request to have that measured too. Ultimately it is up to you to decide whether you would like these measured items included on the floor plan depending on your marketing strategy (additional charges may apply depending on the square footage and complexity). Back to Top Q: What is the Total Usable Area? A: Total Usable Area can also be called Total Living Area, and Total Finished Area. They are the main living space within the main structure within a property. They do not include unfinished areas and detached finished areas (such as Carriage Houses where you’d have to exit the main living area to the exterior, and enter the carriage house). Back to Top Q: What is the Not Included Area? A: The Not Included Area includes all the area that are unfinished, detached from the main living area, or area that are not suitable for year-round use. Unfinished areas include garages and unfinished basements. Detached areas can be carriage houses, cabanas in the back yard, or any space that requires you to leave the main living space. Areas not suitable for year-round use include seasonal sun rooms, green rooms and semi-enclosed or exposed outdoor areas such as decks and patios. Back to Top Q: Are the walls included? A: Yes, the exterior and interior walls are always included in the Total Usable Area we provide you on the floor plan. However, the room dimensions on the floor plan do not include the thickness of the walls; they are the clear distance from one side of the room to the other side. We measure the exterior wall thicknesses by using a caliper we created specially for this task. Exterior walls of detached properties (ie standalone houses) are all included in the Total Usable Area, whereas for condos and townhouses, we follow the Strata Act of BC and include only half the exterior wall thickness. Back to Top Q: Do you have to go through all my rooms and closets? A: Yes. Unfortunately, that’s the only way we record and verify all the spaces within the property. Without doing so, we cannot provide you with a complete floor plan with all the square footage accurately. We respect your privacy and try not to touch anything unless necessary. We are typically just looking for empty wall space to place our measuring device and record the measurements so we usually don’t notice anything that might be uncomfortable for you. Back to Top Q: Do we need to move furniture out of the way? A: Usually it is not necessary, unless it is something that blocks the entire wall. Our laser measuring device only requires an area that is the size of a fist on both sides of the room and an unobstructed path. Our device also has a tilt sensor that allows us to measure in an angle, so that the two fist-sized areas need not to be at the same height of the wall. Back to Top Q: Where’s your big roll of tape measure? A: We do not use these big rolls of tape measure to measure (that may also take twice as long as usual). We use our laser measuring device for almost all the measuring. However we always carry a small tape measure for the small measurements. Back to Top Q: Can you give us the square footage right away after you finish measuring? A: We can give you a ballpark number usually in less than 2 minutes. However, because the draft floor plans are usually full of information and still slightly unedited, we’d like to go back and clean it up, and verify our drawings with all the information we recorded before we give you the accurate square footage. It will usually be provided to you by the day after the floor plan measuring appointment. Back to Top Q: When can I get the final floor plan? A: Our official turnaround time is 48 hours on business days. However, we can typically send you the floor plan the next morning of your floor plan measuring appointment. Back to Top Q: Do you put the room dimensions on MLS, MLXchange, or Realtor.ca? A: Unfortunately, it is up to the REALTORS® to put the room dimensions on MLS. However, we do host the floor plan in a very cool presentation on our website including your virtual tour, photos, a google map of the area, 360 Google StreetView, and Walkscore showing the local shops, schools, restaurants, parks, etc. We also will send a link to your real estate board as the multi-media link on Realtor.ca and create an ad for the property on Craiglist and Kijiji which will include a link back to the floor plan presentation. This is all include in our measuring fee but if you would rather we don’t advertise the property and floor plan, we can simply not post it online. Our goal is to get as many people seeing your property and floor plan so that your cost per impression or cost per view is very attractive – no sense paying for something if only a handful of people see it! Back to Top Have any more questions? This is not the complete list of all the questions we get asked, but please feel free to contact us or comment below to ask us if you have any more questions we haven’t answered here. Back to Top

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