The Size of the Apartment
- Buying an apartment in Israel
- Appraisal and value of an apartment
One of the most significant components of the apartment is its area, or size, which is measured in square meters.
In this matter, the seller of the apartment differs significantly from the buyer. The seller sells ‘what he has’ without having to know exactly what is the meterage of the apartment. But for the buyer the issue is even more important.
I realized that people’s imaginations work against us, It is important that buyers know what the area of the apartment is, especially in cases where they intend to renovate it, otherwise they are likely to be disappointed when they find the apartment smaller than they thought when they bought it.
Suddenly after the renovations and moving of the furniture, they discover that the area of the apartment and also the area of the parts of the apartment are not as expected.
And so, there are many and varied methods to measure the area of the apartment, when each method has a different purpose, and each method has advantages and disadvantages.
Thus, the measurement for the purpose of a building permit, the measurement for the purpose of registration in the tax register, for the purposes of property taxes, and more.
Such as interior area, effective area, nominal area, area for building permit purposes, area for ‘tabu’ purposes, net area and gross area and gross area of the gross, and a variety of other inventions.
The important characteristics for the purpose of measurement are many: the interior area of the apartment, the area of external, internal walls, covered balconies, and non-covered areas.
Service areas and even common areas of the common house.
Minimum height for measurement purposes. Instead of detailing the many methods that can measure the area of the apartment I prefer to specify the principles underlying several methods.
Let’s start by saying that there is nothing like the good old Arab method, the method known as the ’embossing’ method. For the simple reason that this leads to a ‘net’ size or the lowest and most limited value of the size of the apartment.
Overall methods I will mention the embossing method counts the number of floors in the apartment and multiplies the size of each floor tile.
There is a ‘sponge area’ where the floor area is measured with an emphasis on the word ‘without’, ie without the thickness of interior or exterior walls, without taking into account the common areas, kitchen cabinets and toilets and more.
According to this method, it is not customary to measure balconies or uncovered areas.
There is an interior area of the apartment that is used for the purpose of registering the apartment in the register of condominiums in the Tabu.
According to this method, in addition to the interior area of the apartment, the interior walls, the covered balconies and the exterior wall tax are also measured, but no common areas or uncovered areas are calculated.
There is an area of the apartment according to the Sale Law; a new apartment is purchased from a contractor according to the Sale Law (apartments).
This method is similar to the measurement method for the purposes of registering the apartment in the register of condominiums in the Tabu, but here a levy of exterior walls and common walls is measured.
If at one end there is the ‘sponge’ hole, which is considered net area, then at the other end there is the ‘gross of the gross’ method where in addition to all the above the relative share of the common areas, and each apartment according to its share in the common areas.
In any case, the method adopted by the appraisers for the purpose of measuring residential apartments is the effective area.
According to this method, the interior area of the apartment is measured plus the area under the exterior walls, half of the area under the and so the area of the open balconies. According to this method, parts of the common areas should not be included.