Originally Posted by Pezzaturra
In many urban areas in US RE square footage is grossly exaggerated. US has neither universal standard nor low that govern how sq. footage is supposed to be measured for the purpose of RE transactions...
Yeah, when I measured it myself, I was a bit unsure of what to count.
I ended up measuring the walls and sticking with that (although I may have chopped off a little closet space). Some issues were:
Closets- do they count? I probably have something like 30-50 sq ft of closet space but when the doors are closed it might as well just be a wall.
Kitchen- am I really going for sq ft of floor space? Or do I include counter/appliance space? I would want to know the wall to wall number...but both numbers tell you something useful about the space.
Bathroom- same as kitchen, does the shower/bathtub count? What about the deep window sill? It isn't floor space but it is 3-5 sq ft of space to put my shampoo.
Everywhere- My apartment is pretty much rectangular...why not just report Length*Width and be done. this is what I imagine a lot of bulk real estate listings actually do...but it obviously includes things like walls (as well as everything questionable above) that shouldn't really count in your floor space.
Wall to wall seems like an easy standard...but "usable floor space" might be more meaningful.