Know your Areas: Super Built Up Area, Carpet Area and other Terminologies Explained
If you’re new to an area then it’s okay to be a little clueless but when you’re talking about the area within your (existing or potential), knowing the right terms and their meanings is very important. It’s common to hear agents, realtors and home owners mention things like ‘carpet area’, ‘super built-up area’, ‘per square-foot rate”, etc. Here are some explanations for the key terms:
Like the name suggests, carpet area includes all the areas that can be used to spread a carpet within the house. It’s basically the usable area of the apartment or home. It excludes balconies and terrace and common areas outside the house or apartment. Staircases are included if they are inside the house. Carpet area is anywhere between 50 to 80% of the super built-up area of the house.
The built-up area includes all balconies, mezzanine floors, terraces (with or without roof) and other detachable habitable areas like maid’s room, etc. So in simple words, it’s the carpet area plus all areas covered by walls. The walls which are shared with other units are factored in at 50%. Built-up area is usually about 10-15% more than the carpet area.
Super Built-Up Area
Also called the saleable area, the super built-up area is the total built-up area plus your share (proportion) of the common amenities of the building complex. The proportionate share is the total of all common areas divided by the number of flats within the complex. The higher the ratio of the carpet area to super built-up area, the more space you will get inside your flat.
Common areas while calculating the proportionate share for the super built-up area are terraces, lobbies (entrance, landing, lift), corridors, staircases, lift shaft, generator room, machine rooms, garbage room, club house, gym or sports room, staff toilets, etc. The super built-up area does not include underground sumps and water or septic tanks, open sports facilities, compound walls, open-to-sky walkways or swimming pools, inaccessible flower beds, etc.
With these terms clear, it’ll be easier for you to understand and compare rates, avoid costly mistakes and get the right property for your needs and budget.