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Home remodels and inaccurate estimates on public records will affect a property's price — and its attractiveness to buyers. Let our appraisers give you an accurate calculation of property dimensions to establish a fair, unbiased value when purchasing a new home, marketing a property to potential clients, or reducing property taxes.
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What are measurement services?
A floorplan service is just what it sounds like: An appraiser measures the dimensions and square footage of your property, then draws a basic or highly detailed floorplan based on what you need. The appraiser's report and floorplan is a form that can be used to prove a precise Gross Living Area (GLA), the sum of all livable space, of your home. These services are useful and sometimes necessary when challenging property taxes or selling a property.
How does a home measurement or floorplan service work?
During a home measurement or floorplan service, an appraiser takes measurements of your home with a measuring tool — generally a tape or laser measuring device. As they walk the house, they notate the layout of the rooms and other features, like closets, patios, and pantries. They might sketch the property. Then, the appraiser creates a report and detailed sketch showing the total square footage and the general layout of the house. The result is a document that can be used to prove certain details about your property — like the Gross Living Area (GLA) — on tax documentation, property listings, and more.
When are measurement services needed?
Real estate taxes
Tax records often reflect incorrect area of a property because the values can come from various sources, and occasionally go unverified — meaning you may be taxed for more square footage than you actually have! Unless a certified appraiser has recently completed a valuation on your property (after any remodeling that may have affected square footage), you'll need an appraiser to perform a measurement service before attempting to challenge your taxes. An appraiser verifies an accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes can reflect the actual square footage — and you can stop paying more than your house is worth.
Marketing a listing
A home measurement service will ensure that you're paid fair market value for your property. Area is one of the biggest factors potential buyers examine when purchasing a home — but since these values are frequently approximated rather than accurately measured, your listing might reflect less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it can take credit for. An inaccurate GLA could potentially reduce the price of the home as well as the number of potential buyers. The only dependable method of using a definitive GLA when listing your property is to reference a recent appraisal or home measurement service completed by a certified appraiser (after any remodeling that may have affected square footage).
Information for agents
To make sure that your client's home closes at a price that properly reflects true market value, we recommend seeking a home measurement of the property. Clients, and especially potential buyers, will appreciate your scrupulousness, and you can be certain that the GLA on your client's listing is a true representation of their home. A measurement can also be a fantastic marketing tool to attract potential buyers because they can view the layout and characteristics of the home before and after touring. Get in touch with us to find out more about our floorplan services.