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Old 10-23-2019, 05:42 PM   #31
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A friend of mine started building houses to sell and thought he could just bump the square footage a little. The first offer came in with a sight map from the city that should the exact amount of feet he would have been allowed to build on that size of lot. Oops.
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Old 10-23-2019, 05:45 PM   #32
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Typically the square footage of a home is determined by measuring the foundation outside the home. That's also what the tax assessor does, since they don't need access to inside the house, plus it's way easier to measure the outside of the foundation. An attached garage is not included, unless it is converted to liveable space (so it's no longer a garage). A below grade "unfinished" basement is not included as living space, but would be included as additional to the square footage. The idea is to list the square footage of "livable space"; then include additional items, like "unfinished basement 500 square feet, two car attached garage, 100 square foot detached shed..etc. Livable space is typically finished, like sheetrock, trim, molding, flooring, heated. lighting, receptacles...etc.
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Old 10-23-2019, 10:00 PM   #33
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Many ways to skin this cat.
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