Carpet vs. Built up vs. Super Built up Area

Thu, 10/13/2022 - 04:23

Author: JLL

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Finding the perfect house that meets your requirements is not easy. With hundreds of property visits, you are bombarded with real estate jargons by brokers. It is undoubtedly a mind-boggling journey that tests your patience. Today, out of those, we will be discussing the most important real estate terminologies – carpet area, built-up area, and super built-up area, which are more similar to each other while the meaning of all three holds different interpretations. Therefore, it becomes important for each homebuyer to understand these jargons to make an informed decision.

Carpet Area

The carpet area is the first thing you need to consider while buying a house, as it is the exact usable area that you will be able to use post-possession. It is the distance between the four walls that can be covered by the carpet and utilised fully at your convenience. It also indicates whether the space will meet your requirements or whether you should find a bigger home. Hence, it plays a vital role in the decision-making process when buying a property. As per RERA, it is mandatory for developers to disclose the carpet area in their brochure and everywhere else possible, as the cost of the apartment is calculated based on the same, which further maintains transparency with the homebuyers. However, it is noticed that in the under-construction projects, the delivered carpet area is less than the promised carpet area by the developer/builder. Therefore, you should be vigilant and very clear about your expectations and promises made by the builder/developer.

Built-up Area

The built-up area is bigger than the carpet area. It is the addition of carpet areas, wall spaces, and spaces like balconies, flower beds, and terraces that cannot be used. The built-up area is nothing but the entire house area due to which the built-up area seems bigger, and developers/builders are prone to mislead innocent homebuyers by informing them about the built-up area and hiding the carpet area. Out of the total area of the apartment, between 15%-30% area turns up into a built-up area. Using the built-up are value, you can determine the value of the carpet area. Therefore, it is imperative to know whether the total area informed by the developer is the carpet area or the built-up area.

Super built-up Area

The concept of "super built-up," earlier known as "saleable area," has evolved in the past few years, which usually leaves homebuyers in a dilemma as to why the super built-up area is needed. Well, the super-built-up area is an area that includes the carpet area, the built-up area (balconies, duct, thickness of wall), and the area of common amenities provided by the developer, including the lift, lobby, staircase, clubhouse, garden, etc. are considered in the super-built-up area. It is usually 1.4 times of carpet area, which you may misinterpret as carpet and get deluded by the developer. Therefore, it is always advisable to ensure that you have a breakup of your total payable amount while buying a property.

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