Let’s admit it – we may have often nodded our heads in understanding, but the jargon that the property agents throw at us like carpet area, built-up area, and super built-up area can be utterly confusing. Also, as a prospective buyer, understanding the basic property terminologies is essential to avoid making mistakes that may hamper your odds of getting the property of your choice. That’s why having a basic idea of realty terminologies before you buy a house will help you take a better and informed decision. Here’s the difference between carpet area, built-up area, and super built-up area.
As the name suggests, carpet area implies the space where you can lay a carpet like a bedroom or the living room of a house. Basically, carpet area is the space that you actually use, and doesn’t include common areas like lift, lobby, and stairs. So while looking for a house, carpet area is the most important factor that you must consider, since it will give you an idea of the real deal.
The built-up area is the total of the carpet area and the thickness of walls. It also includes the balcony or the terrace of the housing unit. The total built-up area consists of 20% of the thickness of the walls, and 10% of authority mandated areas like the dry balcony. So, when you consider the built-up area, the actual, usable area you get is just 70% of which means, that if the total built-up area is 1200 square feet, the common area forms around 360 sq.ft, and the actual area that you will get to use is 840 sq.ft.
Super Built-Up Area
Super built-up area includes the built-up area and common zones like lobbies, lifts etc. Developers even add amenities like the pool, the garden, and even the clubhouse in the super built-up area. A developer charges you based on the super built-up area, that is why it is also called the ‘saleable’ area.