I was reading the newspaper recently and came across a property ad. There was information about different plots along with their sizes and units. I glanced at them, and my mind went numb. Too many numbers and calculations! If you are calculating the cost of the construction of your house, then you need to have information about the units and how to convert them accurately.
Suppose you are about to construct your own home and need to calculate the cost to construct a house or build a basement. To do so, you will need accurate measurements and the pros and cons of constructing a basement. Therefore, it is mandatory to have a firm grip over these conversions. Many construction companies provide high-quality construction services at affordable prices.
I have been really bad at conversions and calculations ever since I was a child. I am always mixing up units and all these hefty numbers. I am sure I am not alone in this struggle, and plenty of other people are equally annoyed by these numbers.
So, today, I sat down and decided to write about plot size conversions in Pakistan. I believe these calculations will give a fair idea to people about different local units and how to convert them. Before going further, one should know about property tax because property tax varies on every square yard.
The Basics – Plot Size Conversion
The process of converting land or real estate measures from one unit of measurement to another is called plot size conversion. This is frequently important when dealing with properties in different locations or nations that use various units of measurement for land area.
Regardless of the units used, plot size conversion aims to guarantee that everyone engaged in a real estate transaction or development project is aware of the exact size of the land.
Standard Units of Measurement for Land Area
- Square Feet (sq ft): This unit is prevalent in the United States, Canada, and a few other countries. It’s often used for measuring residential properties and small land parcels.
- Square Meters (sq m): Square meters are widely used globally, especially in Europe, Asia, and many other parts of the world. They are favored for their ease of use with the metric system and are common in real estate and construction.
- Acres: Acres are primarily used for larger land parcels, especially in rural and agricultural settings. In some countries, like the United States and the United Kingdom, acreage is a standard unit for measuring land.
- Hectares: Hectares are also used for larger land areas, particularly in agriculture, forestry, and land management. One hectare equals 10,000 square meters, making it convenient for larger-scale measurements.
- Square Yards (sq yd): Square yards are used in the United States and a few other countries. They are often employed for measuring smaller residential lots or carpet areas in homes.
- Square Kilometers (sq km): Square kilometers are used for large land areas, such as countries, states, or national parks. They are part of the metric system and are common in geographical and environmental studies.
- Cents and Aanas: In some countries like India, land area is traditionally measured in units called “cents” or “aanas.” Depending on the region, these units vary in size but are still used in some areas for land transactions.
- Gunthas and Kathas: In countries like Nepal and parts of India, units like “gunthas” and “kathas” are used for land measurement. These units are often specific to certain regions and may not be standardized.
- Roods: The rood is an old English unit of land area that is less commonly used today but can still be found in historical documents and descriptions of land.
Marla to Square feet, Square Yards, Square Meters, Square Inches, and Acres
Before jumping straight into the conversions, it is important to develop a fair understanding of all the measuring units related to land.
So let’s get started.
Marla
A marla is a traditional unit of area that is used in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. The marla was standardized under British raj to be equal to the square rod, or 272.25 square feet, 30.25 square yards, or 25.2929 square metres. As such, it was exactly one 160th of an acre.
Square Feet
It is a unit of area measurement equal to a square measuring one foot on each side.
Square Meters
The area is equal to a square that is 1 meter on each side. It is used for measuring areas of rooms, houses, blocks of land, etc. The symbol used to represent a square meter is m2.
Square Yards
It is a unit of area measurement equal to a square measuring one yard on each side, which is equivalent to 0.8361 square meters. The abbreviation of square yards is yd2, sq.
Square Inches
It is a unit of area measurement equal to a square measuring one inch on each side and equivalent to 6.452 square centimeters. Its abbreviation is in2, sq.
Acres
It is a common measure of the area widely used in the U.S. and U.K. 1 acre equals 4,840 square yards (4,047 square meters) or 0.405 hectares; 640 acres equals one square mile. In Pakistan, the traditional unit used for the measurement of plot size is ‘Marla.’ Apart from marla, the plots are also measured in terms of square feet, gaz, or square meters.
Marla | Other Units |
1 marla | 272.25 square feet |
1 marla | 30.25 square yards |
1 marla | 25.29 square meters |
1 marla | 39204 square inches |
1 marla | 0.0062 acre |
Different Measurements of Marla
Marla is the traditional unit for the measurement of plot size. It was started in the British era and today it is used in Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh.
Interestingly, the conversion of marla into square foot varies in different regions of Pakistan. Usually, there are two conversions, which are as follows:
- The first conversion states that one marla is equivalent to 272.25 sq. ft. It is the standard unit for the measurement of revenue records.
- The second conversion states that one marla is equivalent to 250 sq. ft. This conversion is usually used by developing and municipal authorities and private housing schemes.
Other Local Units
Units | Conversion |
One karam | 5 feet |
One square karam also called sarsai | 25 sq. ft. |
One marla | 9 sarsai |
One kanal | 20 marlas |
One bigha | 4 kanals |
One killa | 8 kanals |
One murabba | 25 acres |
One hectare | 2.5 acres |
Converting Marla into Square Feet, Square Yard and Square Meter
Following are the tables that give a clear idea of how to convert marla into other units.
1 Marla= 272 Square Feet*
Marla | Square Feet | Square Yard (Gaz) | Square Meter |
1 | 272.25 | 30.25 | 25.29 |
2 | 544.50 | 60.50 | 50.59 |
3 | 816.75 | 90.75 | 75.88 |
4 | 1,089.00 | 121.00 | 101.17 |
5 | 1,361.25 | 151.25 | 126.47 |
6 | 1,633.50 | 181.50 | 151.76 |
7 | 1,905.75 | 211.75 | 177.05 |
8 | 2,178.00 | 242.00 | 202.34 |
9 | 2,450.25 | 272.25 | 227.64 |
10 | 2,722.50 | 302.50 | 252.93 |
11 | 2,994.75 | 332.75 | 278.22 |
12 | 3,267.00 | 363.00 | 303.52 |
13 | 3,539.25 | 393.25 | 328.81 |
14 | 3,811.50 | 423.50 | 354.10 |
15 | 4,083.75 | 453.75 | 379.40 |
16 | 4,356.00 | 484.00 | 404.69 |
17 | 4,628.25 | 514.25 | 429.98 |
18 | 4,900.50 | 544.50 | 455.27 |
19 | 5,172.75 | 574.75 | 480.57 |
20 | 5,445.00 | 605.00 | 505.86 |
* It is the standard unit for the measurement of revenue records.
1 Marla= 250 Square Feet**
Marla | Square Feet | Square Yard | Square Meter |
1 | 250 | 27.70 | 23.23 |
2 | 500 | 55.40 | 46.45 |
3 | 750 | 83.10 | 69.68 |
4 | 1,000 | 110.80 | 92.90 |
5 | 1,250 | 138.50 | 116.13 |
6 | 1,500 | 166.20 | 139.36 |
7 | 1,750 | 193.90 | 162.58 |
8 | 2,000 | 221.60 | 185.81 |
9 | 2,250 | 249.30 | 209.03 |
10 | 2,500 | 277.00 | 232.26 |
11 | 2,750 | 304.70 | 255.49 |
12 | 3,000 | 332.40 | 278.71 |
13 | 3,250 | 360.10 | 301.94 |
14 | 3,500 | 387.80 | 325.16 |
15 | 3,750 | 415.50 | 348.39 |
16 | 4,000 | 443.20 | 371.62 |
17 | 4,250 | 470.90 | 394.84 |
18 | 4,500 | 498.60 | 418.07 |
19 | 4,750 | 526.30 | 441.29 |
20 | 5,000 | 554.00 | 464.52 |
** This conversion is usually used in the developing and municipal authorities and private housing schemes.
Calculators To Covert Plot Size
The following are two handy plot size calculators. These calculators will help you gain knowledge about conversions. All you have to do is enter the data, and you are good to go. There are many real estate podcasts, real estate blogs, and real estate YouTube channels that you should follow to get familiar with all these real estate terms and conversions.
These calculations and terminologies can help you a lot in the understanding of plot size conversions. However, if you are still confused about all those zeroes, check out Converting Millions, Billions, and Trillions into Lakh, Crore, and Arab. It will give you a fair idea about all those zeroes.
FAQs
How many marlas are 30×60?
In Pakistan, a standard marla is a unit of area that measures 225 square feet. To calculate how many marlas are in a plot of land, you can use the formula:
Number of Marlas = (Total Area in Square Feet) / (One Marla in Square Feet)
So, for a plot of land that is 30 feet by 60 feet:
Number of Marlas = (30 * 60) / 225 = 8 Marlas
Therefore, a 30×60 plot of land is equivalent to 8 marlas.
What is a 60 by 100 plot of land?
A plot of land that measures 60 feet by 100 feet is typically measured in square feet. To find the total area in square feet:
Total Area = Length (in feet) x Width (in feet) = 60 feet x 100 feet = 6000 square feet
So, a 60 by 100 plot of land is 6000 square feet in size.
What is the size of 1 marla plot?
One marla in Pakistan is equal to 225 square feet.
How to calculate plot size in marla in Pakistan?
To calculate the size of a plot in marlas in Pakistan, you’ll need to know the total area of the plot in square feet. Then, you can use the formula mentioned earlier:
Number of Marlas = (Total Area in Square Feet) / (One Marla in Square Feet)
For example, if you have a plot of land that is 4500 square feet:
Number of Marlas = 4500 / 225 = 20 Marlas
So, the plot is 20 marlas in size.
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