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Thinking of buying a flat, but got confused in between the various terms and jargons used by agents and realtors like carpet area, built-up area, and super built-up area. Don’t be afraid as it’s time to brush up your brains. Although all these terms are not such difficult to understand, a little misunderstanding leads to a huge impact on the actual area of the property, and the total buying price.

A little recognition of these terms will help you in acting smarter and save much money. So, read this blog to learn about these real estate terms in a much easier way:

Carpet Area

The area which is enclosed within the walls of a flat is known as carpet area. It basically, refers to the area inside your house on which you can keep arrange your home. But that’s not all, many a time people do not include the certain percentage of other areas of a flat like a balcony, verandah etc. which also are the part of carpet area calculation.  Perhaps, this is one of the most common mistakes a home buyer make when calculating the carpet area – which results in ending up with a much smaller usable area than expected.

So, depending upon builder to builder, the carpet area of a flat can be anywhere from 50-80% of the super built-up area. Therefore, a home buyer must always ask the builder for the ratio of carpet area to the super built-up area. Higher the ratio, more space one get inside the flat.

Built-up area

It is the total area measured on the outer line of your flat, including balcony, terrace, etc. Built-up area refers to the usable area of the flat along with the area occupied by the walls and columns of flat plus a little more. So we can say that a built-up area normally also includes a percentage of below areas:

  • Balcony and/or Terrace
  • Roof area
  • Mezzanine floor
  • Detached habitable areas such as servant’s room etc.
  • Columns and Walls

While the area constituting the walls is around 20% of the built-up area, 10 % constitutes to other areas like dry balcony, flower beds etc. it means out of 100 only 70% is the usable area or carpet area.

Let say, the built-up area of a flat is 1200 sq. ft., it means around 30% i.e. 360 square feet is not really usable, and the actual usable area is only the remaining 840 square feet.

Super Built-Up Area

Also known as the saleable area, this term refers to the total built-up area of a flat plus along with proportionate share of the common amenities in your building complex. Proportionate share means the sum total of all common areas divided by the total number of flats in a building complex.

So in a whole, super built-up area includes:

  • A percentage of the double height areas and terraces, if any
  • Entrance Lobby, Corridors, Staircases
  • Lift Shafts, Lift Lobby, and all other lobbies and landing areas
  • Lift machine rooms, generator rooms, electrical rooms, etc.
  • Gas Banks, Garbage Rooms
  • Club House
  • Security Rooms
  • Indoor Sports Rooms
  • General Toilet Facilities for Servants and Maintenance Staff

However, a Super Built-up Area does not include:

  • Underground sumps and water or septic tanks
  • Compound walls
  • Open to sky walkways and open to sky swimming pools
  • Open sports facilities
  • Weather sheds, inaccessible flower beds, lofts, common open to sky terraces, stairwells, etc.

Next time keep in mind that if the builder is adding these terms in your flat area calculations then avoid falling into the trap.

So it can be said that the super built-up area is roughly 1.4 times of the carpet area. However, the share of carpet area in a super built-up area may vary from project to project and builder to builder.

For example, if the carpet area of a property is 600 sq.ft., so the carpet area to super built-up area ratio can be assumed as 75:25 which means:

Super built-up area = 600 + 25 percent of 600 = 600 + 150 = 750 sqft

Per Square Foot Rate

It is that rate which is quoted by the builder for a flat and is based on the super built-up area or the saleable area of the flat. Per Square Foot Rate of a flat includes not only the carpet area of your flat but also some additional areas like a balcony, terrace area and building complex (like lobbies, staircases, passages, etc.).

So with these simple understanding of the real estate terms, you can easily make smart decisions while buying your dream home.