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You PAY for super built-up and you GET carpet area! Understanding LOADING is necessary…

Posted: February 21st, 2012 | Author: | 11 Comments »

Most of us only focus on property prices when we are buying a property. However we suggest buyers to also pay attention to the ‘loading’ of the project while purchasing a property. Many first time property buyers are often confused and do not understand Loading. We thought we could make it easier for potential buyers to understand this terminology.

To begin with, we want you to know a few terms -

Carpet area – It is the actual area where you lay a carpet on the floor. This is the actual usable area.

Built-up area – It includes Carpet area plus the area covered/occupied by the walls.

Super Built-up area – This would include the Built-up area plus a proportion of the common areas i.e. the lobbies, staircases etc.

Together, Loading is a function of the ratio of the carpet area and super built-up area.

Example: In very simple terms, if there are 4 flats in a building, each with carpet area of 100 sq.ft and common area of 100 sq.ft then -

Carpet area = 100 sq.ft

Built-up area = 120 sq.ft approx (adding the areas taken up by the walls)

Super Built-up area = 120 + (100/4) = 120 + 25 = 145 sq. ft. In this we have divided the common area equally on all the 4 flats.

Loading = 1 – (100/145) = 31%

Builders usually charge for 145 sq.ft since this is the area on which they have spent money to construct.

Now if you want to test your understanding, use the floor plan below and calculate the loading and post it as a comment. Our next post will give out the workings for the calculation of loading for this floor plan.

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11 Comments on “You PAY for super built-up and you GET carpet area! Understanding LOADING is necessary…”

  1. 1 Sushmita said at 11:55 am on February 21st, 2012:

    Is this applicable to all cities??

  2. 2 Armaan said at 12:07 pm on February 21st, 2012:

    628 sq ft, this is what i’m getting

  3. 3 VA said at 12:38 pm on February 21st, 2012:

    Can you please put the detail calculation

    The total Sq ft i am getting is 561.87.

  4. 4 sandeep pandey said at 1:20 pm on February 21st, 2012:

    really it is a great calculation and will help to clients in decision makings to buy any property.

  5. 5 groffr said at 1:24 pm on February 21st, 2012:

    @VA – I will post the detail calculation in my next blog. Until then, let people rack their brains!

  6. 6 Ankur Motwani said at 5:28 am on February 22nd, 2012:

    So does this mean, one has to pay for just Loading, and how can we justify this to builders ?

  7. 7 Vikas said at 9:30 am on February 22nd, 2012:

    Carpet 558.85 (calculating balconies at full)
    Built up 670.62 (120% of carpet)

    to calculate super built up we need information of common area

  8. 8 groffr said at 8:18 am on February 23rd, 2012:

    Hello All,
    We have posted the detailed calculations for the loading in our latest blog.

    Check here:

  9. 9 rajesh said at 12:27 pm on September 20th, 2012:

    I had calculated the area given above flate was 562. as carpet area.
    kindly let me the build up area fo the same.
    thanks you

  10. 10 Vinay said at 7:10 am on December 3rd, 2012:

    I m buying a flat which is 615 sq ft. and each floor has 12 flats of 615 sq ft. can plz tell me how can i get the acctual carpet area and built-up area and common area. plz help me out..urgency is required.

  11. 11 Bombay HC converts sting exposing cheating builders, into PIL | Firstpost said at 7:26 am on February 4th, 2013:

    [...] Hence,  many builders might advertise that the flat on sale is of 1,000 sq ft. But beware: It includes areas like staircases, passages and lifts and so on. Hence, it’s important you know how much the usable/carpet area is. The carpet area is the actual usable area. The difference between super built-up and carpet area is called loading. As a rule of thumb, this difference should not exceed 30 percent. ( Check out this graphic to understand loading in detail) [...]

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