The-measuring-process-1There is a process for everything – even measuring a house.

Every remodeler has to measure the space they are planning to modify. Everyone has their own way of measuring. They know the dimensions they need and usually know the ones they won’t be needing in their design or estimate. So why would you need a process just to do something as simple as measuring a house?

Why you need a measurement process

This is something that few have thought about, yet once you see the reasons for a measuring process, you’ll understand why this could save you hours of anguish, running back to the site, and making mistakes on your estimates or, worse yet, on your designs. If you have already had this unfortunate experience, you know exactly what I mean.

Processes are created so that everyone stays on the same page.

They help us train new people, and keep the old-timers steadfast in their methodology. A good process helps us understand something that is being passed from one department to another, such as from a salesperson to a designer. If they both know, in this case, how a house is measured, they can put certain information together and deduce a missing dimension, or a missing piece of information.

5 reasons to measure in a consistent manner

  1. So that you have a method of measuring that ensures that all of the needed data is recorded.
  2. If someone is new to measuring, they’ll have a proven method to follow.
  3. Reduce or eliminate having to go back to the site to re-measure, or having to call the owner for a missed dimension. (If they give you a wrong dimension, whose fault do you think that will be?)
  4. When measuring a whole house, it creates a definable path through the house, helping eliminate any missed rooms or spaces.
  5. When measuring the outside of the house, a measuring process helps gather all the necessary data needed for an accurate design and take-off.

Tip: Your typical measuring standard should be to measure width first, then height, then depth. This makes it easy to determine which measurement is which, i.e., what does 48” x 62” x 10” mean? It means 48” wide by 62” high by 10” deep. This standard is used by most manufacturers of doors and windows, as well as other industries.


Photography is also a part of the measuring process, so there are patterns, paths, and details that should be done consistently in each room of the home and various shots that should be taken on the exterior. A good measuring process helps define and remind the person measuring what shots should be taken and from what vantage point.

Tools to help you measure

  • Legal pad
  • Pen and pencil
  • Stick ruler
  • Fiberglass 100’ measuring tape
  • Tape measure
  • Digital tape measure – 25′ or 30′
  • Pitch finder
  • Compass
  • Digital camera
  • Binoculars
  • Stud finder
  • Self-leveling laser level
  • Torpedo level – digital, laser, or spirit level

Next we’ll look at “Measuring the interior of a house” – The Measuring Process – Part 2.

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This micro-process is presented by Randall Soules, creator of the Scientific Remodeling System, showing you easier ways to advance your business, raise your profits, and improve your life, through the use of processes. If you would like to learn more about this eCourse, forms, contracts, and tutorials, click here.