Fun Fact: What To Do If Your Forgot Your Measuring Tape

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What To Do If You Forgot Your Measuring Tape


So,you just arrived at your listing appointment and you forgot your measuring tape.  


Here's a quick way to measure practically anything--if you need to come up with dimentions or estimates right away! 


  • Quarter - About 1" in diameter


  • Paper Money - It's 2-1/2" x 6".  Since paper can also wrap around objects, it also comes in handy if you have to measure around curved items. 


  • Credit Card - Measures 2" x 3-1/2" (Can also be used to scrape ice off of car windows, LOL) 


  • Your Arm - the span of an outstretched arm is roughly equal to your height.  So if you are 5'9" tall, by stretching your arms and measurieng from the tip of your left hand to the tip of your right hand, it should be about 5'9".
  • Feet - a size 10-1/2 man's shoe is about 1 foot long.  For women, size 8 is about 10 inches long (heel to toe) 

What else have you used as a measuring device/trick if you've forgotten your measuring tape?  


By - Karen Deis, - Providing apartment mailing lists and marketing kits for real estate agents and builders.  

Comments (10)

Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

I always bring a laser measuring device, but a back up old school measure tape....great info though!

Feb 16, 2017 07:56 AM
Will Nesbitt
Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria - Alexandria, VA
Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage.

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Feb 16, 2017 08:06 AM
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

That is the way to improvise.  Very clever.  Or maybe just some paper???  8 1/2 by 11???

Feb 16, 2017 08:36 AM
Karen Deis

Good one and then there's Legal sized paper too - 11x 14. 


Feb 16, 2017 09:02 AM
Ed (Edward) Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

If it's short enough I have used a dollar bill and even my writing pad, which I always carry and a piece of paper is lust under a foot in the pad.  When It is a bit larger I pace it off as my pace is just about 3 feet

Feb 16, 2017 04:48 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I have used my feet to measure the size of a room. It is of course, approximate.

Feb 17, 2017 11:34 AM
Dave Martin (703) 585-4687
Fairfax Realty - Fairfax, VA
Making Realty Dreams a Reality #WeWillGetYouHome

Its so much fun reading the just for fun blogs that are written here they are great casual reading :-)


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