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How To Measure Your Home's Square Footage

Watch more How to Buy a Home videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Follow these steps to find your home's square footage. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Measure exterior Measure the exterior of the home at ground level, beginning and ending at the same corner. Include chimneys, windows, and rooms only if they're at ground level, and measure to the nearest inch. Tip Only measure finished, enclosed areas, heated by the home's primary heating system and suitable for year-round use. Step 2: Multiply width by length Multiply the width by the length to get your home's square footage. If your home has two floors equal in size, multiply the first level square footage by two. Step 3: Measure from the inside Measure multiple-story homes from the inside when levels are different sizes or cannot be measured from the outside. Step 4: Add five inches to depth and width Include the thickness of the walls in the measurement. Add five inches to the width and depth for each outside and inside wall. Tip Measure from the centerlines of the common walls. Step 5: Measure finished floor areas Measure finished floor areas inside the home. Include stairs on each level they serve. Step 6: Multiply length by width Multiply the length by the width of the second floor measurements and add it to the square footage of the first floor to get your home's square footage. Repeat for additional floors. Did You Know? The Biltmore Estate, located in Asheville, North Carolina, has 250 rooms and is the largest private residence in the country.
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