# What gets included in square footage?

### Table of Contents

- What gets included in square footage?
- Are stairs included in square footage?
- How does Zillow calculate square footage?
- Do walls count in square footage?
- What is the average square footage of stairs?
- How many square feet is 13 stairs?
- How does an appraiser calculate square footage?
- Is the square footage on Zillow accurate?
- Do appraisers verify square footage?
- How do you calculate square footage of stairs?
- Is the balcony included in the square footage?
- How are living spaces included in square footage?
- What is not included in the square footage of a house?
- Do you include crawl space in square footage?

### What gets included in square footage?

When an appraiser calculates the square footage of a home, it will only measure interior spaces that are heated and cooled. This includes **bedrooms (and closets), bathrooms, hallways, kitchen, and living areas**, as well as enclosed patios, and finished attics.

### Are stairs included in square footage?

Stairs: Runs/treads and landings **both count in square footage totals**. They are measured as a part of the floor “from which they descend,” so are generally counted twice in a typical two-story home with a basement.

### How does Zillow calculate square footage?

**Multiply the rectangle's length by its width to get the area in square feet**.

### Do walls count in square footage?

Any space that has walls, flooring, ceiling and heat **would count as finished square footage**.

### What is the average square footage of stairs?

A standard staircase occupies **30-square-feet** of space above and below the staircase. This is the most common dimension, given an 8-foot ceiling, where the staircase width measures 3-feet (36-inches) and horizontal floor space occupied measures between 9- to 10-feet.

### How many square feet is 13 stairs?

You'll need **between 80 and 110 square feet** for 13 stairs.

### How does an appraiser calculate square footage?

**Multiply the length by the width and write the total square footage of each room in the corresponding space on the home sketch**. Example: If a bedroom is 12 feet by 20 feet, the total square footage is 240 square feet (12 x 20 = 240). Add the square footage of each room to determine your home's total square footage.

### Is the square footage on Zillow accurate?

**Zillow is zero percent accurate**. It is an automated web data aggregator, and the courts have ruled data aggregators (Zillow) have zero liability for the information they post.

### Do appraisers verify square footage?

How home additions are factored into square footage. Sometimes agents rely on the very same tax record numbers that appraisers do to find square footage. ... This is why **appraisers will also do their own measurements of the property**, and they may note a square footage discrepancy.

### How do you calculate square footage of stairs?

**Measure the width of one stair to the nearest foot**. Multiply this number by the rise and run feet measurement to obtain the area in square feet.

### Is the balcony included in the square footage?

The grey area is the extra space that's added to the floor plan size. The square footage includes only fully enclosed, heated, and liveable floor space. An open balcony or terrace is never counted in the basic square footage.

### How are living spaces included in square footage?

Only interior "living spaces" in a home are used to calculate square footage area. This would exclude balconies, terraces and patios. It also excludes garages, basements and accessory structures. Air conditioned or heated space gets counted into the square footage.

### What is not included in the square footage of a house?

Spaces that are accessed only by traversing non-living space, like an enclosed storage area of a garage. These spaces may be determined to add value to the property upon analysis of the comparable properties in an area, but they are not included in the square footage of the “main” home.

### Do you include crawl space in square footage?

First off, there's the matter of ceiling height. While you're not measuring the three-dimensional area of a room (length x width x height) to get your overall square footage, in order for a room to be included in the total square footage of a house, the ceiling must be a certain height -- so that crawl space doesn't count.