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How are floor areas calculated for Swiss properties?

Unfortunately there is no law in Switzerland that prescribes how to calculate the living area. As a result there are cantonal differences in how the floor areas of properties are calculated.

In the Canton Vaud - generally speaking - the key figure is the net floor area (net living area plus interior walls and outdoor areas).

In the Canton Valais the gross floor area is applied as the benchmark. ​Usually this involves taking the square meters of all rooms and the surface of all walls (carriers, non-loaders and facades). 

Information correct as of 1st January 2024. This may change as rules and regulations change often, so please contact us directly if you have any specific enquiries.