Above Grade Square Feet

Definition of Above Grade Square Feet


Above Grade Square Feet is the term referring to all living square feet in a home that is above the ground. It does not include basements even if the basement is a finished walkout or daylight basement. Lower level rooms are counted in appraisals and BPOs as below grade square feet, and are usually valued at a lower price per square foot. In BPOs, only above grade square feet is counted in the living square feet.