Home Measurements & Real Estate Conventions
Real estate marketing is all about “putting your best foot forward”: accentuating (but not lying) about a home’s strengths, while defusing any negatives (one of the best ways: tackle them head on, to get them out of the way).
That applies to a home’s measurements, too.
So, Realtors will typically list a room as 15â€² x 12â€² ” not 12â€² x 15.’
It’s the same room, either way, but leading with the bigger number has a subtle, psychological effect.
What’s the exception to that?
Convention (or at least mine) is to list a lot’s width first ” so it’s 40â€² by 120â€², not 120â€² by 40â€².
That’s because you can see the width ” but not the depth ” from the street.
If the lot’s especially deep, I emphasize that in the MLS “remarks” fields (“Agent” and “Public”), marketing supplement, etc.
See also, ““Double Lot,” Defined“; “Measuring Irregular Rooms“; “The House That Shrank“; “Too Good to Be True“; “Misstating a Home’s Square Feet”; “Exaggerated Square Footage“; “Home on a Diet“; and “17 Reasons (at least) Why It’s Never a Good Idea to Exaggerate a Home’s Square Feet.”