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Home remodeling and inaccurate valuations on public records will affect a property's price — and a potential buyer's interest in it. Let our appraisers give you an accurate measurement of property dimensions to establish a fair value when acquiring a property, marketing a property to potential clients, or reducing property taxes.
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What is a measurement or floorplan service?
A home measurement service is just what it sounds like: Based on what you want, an appraiser will measure the home's dimensions and square footage, then draw a basic or highly detailed layout. The appraiser's report and floorplan is a form that can be used to prove the precise Gross Living Area (GLA), the sum of all livable area, of your home. These services are helpful and often necessary when disputing property taxes or selling a property.
How does a home measurement service work?
During a floorplan service, an appraiser takes measurements of the home with a measuring tool — generally a tape or laser measuring device. As they move around the house, they observe the layout of the rooms and other features, like stairs, entryways, and pantries. They might sketch out the property. Then, the appraiser develops a report and a more detailed sketch showing the total square footage and the general layout of the home. The finished product is a document that can be used to prove certain specs of your property — like the Gross Living Area (GLA) — on tax documentation, property listings, and more.
When are floorplan services necessary?
Real estate taxes
Property tax records frequently reflect the wrong square footage because the values can come from several sources, and sometimes go unverified — meaning you may be paying for more square footage than you own! Unless an appraiser has recently performed an evaluation on your property (after any updating that might have affected square footage), you'll need an appraiser to perform a home measurement service before disputing what you're taxed. An appraiser will establish an accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes can reflect the actual square footage — and you can stop overpaying.
Marketing a listing
A measurement service can ensure that you're paid a fair price for your house. Area is one of the biggest elements potential buyers consider when purchasing a house — but since square footage values are often approximated rather than properly measured, your listing might reflect less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it can take credit for. An inaccurate GLA not only reduces the selling price for your property, but possibly even the number of interested buyers. The only reliable method of using a definitive GLA when listing your home or property is to refer to a recent appraisal or home measurement service completed by an appraiser (after any renovation that may have affected square footage).
For real estate professionals
To make sure that your client's property sells at a price that appropriately reflects true market value, we advise requesting a measurement of the property. Your clients, and potential buyers, will be grateful for your scrupulousness, and you can be certain that the GLA on your client's listing is a true representation of their home. A floorplan can also be a fantastic marketing tool to entice potential buyers because they can view the layout and characteristics of the property before and after a showing. Contact us to learn more about our floorplan services.