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Real Estate Basics: Carpet Area, Built-Up Area & Super Built-Up Area

There’s no denying the fact that in majority of the cases we are left clueless about the jargons the builders and agents throw at us. Terms such as carpet area, built-up area and super built-up area moslty cause a lot of confusion. In every residential complex, they are three ways of calculating the area, or the square footage. So how are they different?

Carpet Area
• Carpet area is the area that can actually be covered by a carpet, or the area of the apartment excluding the thickness of inner walls.
• Carpet area does not include the space covered by common areas such as lobby, lift, stairs, play area, etc. Carpet area is the actual area you get for use in a housing unit.
• So when you are in search of a house, look at the carpet area and then make your decision, because that is the number that will give you an idea of the actual space at your disposal.
• Focusing on the carpet area will help you understand the usable area in the kitchen, bedroom, living room, etc.
• Carpet area is usually around 70% of the built-up area.

Built-Up Area
• Built-up area is the area that comes after adding carpet area and wall area.
• Now, the wall area does not mean the surface area, but the thickness of the inner walls of a unit.
• The area constituting the walls is around 20% of the built-up area and totally changes the perspective.
• The built-up area also consists of other areas mandated by the authorities, such as a dry balcony, flower beds, etc., that add up to 10% of the built-up area.
• So when you think about it, the usable area is only 70% of the built-up area. So, if the built-up area says 1200 square feet, it means around 30% (360 square feet) is not really usable, and the actual area you will get to use is only the remaining 840 square feet.

Super Built-Up Area
• Super Built-up area is the area calculated by adding the built-up area and common area that includes the corridor, lift lobby, lift, etc. In some cases, builders even include amenities such as a pool, garden and clubhouse in the common area.
• A Developer/Builder charges you on the basis of the super built-up area which is why it is also known as ‘saleable’ area.


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