Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Using Google maps to get rough building floor plans, dimensions - Mary Cummins, Real Estate Appraiser

Google maps building, home footprint, floor plan, measure, mary cummins, real estate, appraiser, los angeles, california
Sometimes you may need a rough estimate of a buildings footprint. Google maps has an easy way to get a rough estimate.

  • Type in the address of the property you are interested in. 
  • Zoom in on the map until the building footprint shows up. This is street view, not satellite. You can do it with satellite but it's more confusing. 
  • Right click on the corner of the structure. A drop down menu pops up. Select "measure distance."
  • A black circle shows up at that corner. 
  • Normal click your mouse on the next corner so you can measure that wall distance.
  • The sf of that wall shows up. In this instance it's 23 ft (see below).
  • You can work your way around the building to get a rough estimate of the foot print, floor plan. I find Google maps will show the structure slightly larger than it is. 

Google maps building, home footprint, floor plan, measure, mary cummins, real estate, appraiser, los angeles, california
This is not for appraising homes. You need an exact measurement for that. This is good for measuring street widths which you need for commercial appraisals. If you use this on homes you will be including depth of the eaves, covered porches, covered patios, carports and garages all of which are not included in gross living area.

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