The-measuring-process-3The first step is to photograph the exterior:

  • Shoot the front first, then the right side, rear and left side, moving counter clockwise
  • Photograph the house from afar
  • Photograph all sides of the house
  • A zoom lens can be very helpful when photographing the roof, chimneys, soffits, etc.
  • Photograph soffit details
  • Photograph opening details
  • Photograph the roof
  • Photograph decks on all sides including top and bottom of the deck, if possible
  • Photograph all relevant openings

Next, establish the measuring pattern

  • Start at the front of the home
  • Measure the house in a counter-clockwise motion, i.e., start at the front and the move to your right (the right side of the house, then the rear, left, etc.)


  1. Determine the exterior wall thickness
  2. Note the style of siding and the size
  3. Determine wall components if possible, e.g., ½” sheet rock inside, 3 ½” studs, ½” sheathing, ¾” siding
  4. Measure all the major sides of the structure
  5. Draw a rough sketch of the house and insert these measurements
  6. Measure from the ground up to soffit at all inside and outside corners
  7. Measure all outbuildings, structures, and obstacles
  8. Measure decks, porches, and patios (see expanded sample below)*
  9. Exterior wall
    • Determine the exterior wall thickness
    • Determine the wall properties at exterior door openings
    • Note the style of siding and the size
    • Determine wall components size and material if possible, e.g., ½” sheet rock inside, 3 ½” studs, ½” sheathing, ¾” siding.
  10. Roof
    • Measure the soffit projection from siding or brick
    • Measure the fascia board size
    • Note the size, type, and style of the gutter
    • Measure the pitch of the roof
    • Draw a basic roof bird’s-eye view of the roof and write the respective pitch on each section
  11. Windows
  • Measure window opening
    • If brick veneer, measure from brick to brick, and brick to sill
    • Measure inset of window into brick
    • Measure window opening up to the soffit
      • As a check or substitute, measure sill to soffit
    • Optional – measure from grade to window sill or header
      • Measuring from grade to header is easiest when using a digital measuring device
    • Note style and measure size of brick mold
    • Note condition of the windows

12. Doors

  • Measure width, height and jamb width of door (2668 with a 4 9/16 jamb, 3070 with a 6 1/2” jamb, etc)
  • Note type of threshold
  • Note type of weatherstripping
  • Note types of hardware
  • Note whether it is hooked up to security system
    • Note where the sensor is and the type
  • Measure storm door
  • Note style, material, lites, condition

Additional tips:

Measure all openings and from opening to opening around the entire house. This will give you a check when you are laying out the interior. You can figure center to center of the openings with these measurements, and use them on the interior, ensuring that all your measurements are correct.

Here’s an example of how you can expand on each one of these processes:

*8. Measure decks, porches, and patios* (detailed process)

  • Note the deck/patio material
  • Note the distance from the finished grade to the top of the patio or deck
    • Measure all corners to finished grade
  • Measure size of support beam
  • Note style and measure columns/support posts
    • Note material of support columns/posts
  • Note the size and style of the decking and rails
  • Note the thickness of the decking
  • Note the thickness of the joists
  • Note the thickness of the structural band (2-2×10’s, 3-2×12’s, etc.)
  • Note the locations of the support piers/columns
  • Measure from surface of deck/patio to interior finished floor (0″, 1 ½”, 6”, etc.)
  • Exterior stairs
    • Note the location of exterior stairs
    • Note the material and style of rails
    • Measure rise, run on stairs. Note number of risers and treads

Links to The Measuring Process Series:

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