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Price Per Square Foot Calculator

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Use this calculator to work out the cost price per square foot for purchases, lease prices, and rentals on property.

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made in building this calculator, we are not to be held liable for any damages or monetary losses arising out of or in connection with the use of it. This tool is here purely as a service to you, please use it at your own risk. Full disclaimer. Do not use calculations for anything where loss of life, money, property, etc could result from inaccurate calculations.

Price per square foot

When comparing the cost of property purchases or rentals, price per square foot can often prove a useful metric to aid your decision-making process. You'll commonly find it quoted by real estate agents, mortgage loan officers and others in the property and construction business.

As a consumer, the price per square foot serves to help you gauge how expensive a property might be to buy or rent in comparison with other similar properties. And similarity is the important point here, because looking only at the price per square foot of living space won't necessarily give you an accurate indication of value. Indeed, when comparing properties, other factors should come into consideration, including the location, the type of property, the build quality, style, condition and any additional features (a swimming pool, for example).

How to calculate the price per square foot

Price per square foot can be calculated by taking the figure for property price or monthly rental and dividing it by the total square footage of the living space (commonly defined as the areas that are heated and cooled). You can use one of the following formulae for either purchases or rentals:

Formula for property purchases:

Price per square foot = price ÷ floor space in ft²

Formula for rental properties:

Rent per square foot = monthly rent ÷ floor space in ft²

Calculating the average price per square foot

If you want to get an overview of neighborhood values, one good way to do this is by working out the average price per square foot in that given area. To do this, simply add together the square foot cost of each property in the neighbourhood and then divide it by the number of properties. Let's say, for example, that there are 4 properties sold on Pages Avenue, all of a similar size with one in less-good condition:

  • Property 1 sold at $250 per ft²
  • Property 2 sold at $230 per ft²
  • Property 3 sold at $220 per ft²
  • Property 4 sold at $180 per ft²

Our average price per square foot for Pages Avenue stands at (250+230+220+180) ÷ 4 = $220.

How big is a square foot?

A square foot is defined as 12 inches × 12 inches = 144 inches² . To calculate the square footage of your house or flat, you can use our square footage calculator, which also incorporates a price per square foot option to assist you with calculating square footage price.

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