Figures in square metres are always approximate values, which is related to the fact that there are many different methods and ways to precisely calculate areas. Some talk about gross or net floor space (BGF and NGF in German), and yet other spaces are calculated using GIF (a standard developed by the Gesellschaft für Immobilienforschung [Society for Property Research]). These various calculation methods not only provide plenty of opportunity for confusion, they also ensure that properties and their respective dimensions may not be instantly comparable. The differences in space measurement can be between 15 and 20% depending on the calculation method used, and that’s a lot. In addition, square meterages are of no real use to the prospective tenant or owner if what they actually want to know is how many employees they can ultimately accommodate in the rooms.
The Master tip:
ask your commissioned property consultant precise questions about the methods used in space calculations, and take note of whether they freely offer to bring together comparable properties into one uniform, and therefore actually comparable calculation basis, for you. This is a service no good broker will ask you to pay extra for. After the space calculation comes the room planning – in 3D if desired – which then forms the basis for accommodating your employees in the new rooms. This service is also included in the fee of good consultants.