Need your home measured or a floorplan for your property? Let Premier Appraisal of SoCal help.
Our certified appraisers can give you an accurate measurement of your property's dimensions to assist in determining a fair value when buying or selling a home, lower property taxes due to inaccurate public records, or market to potential clients when selling real estate.
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What are measurement services?
A measurement service is just what it sounds like: An appraiser measures the dimensions and area of your property, then draws a basic or highly detailed floorplan based on your needs. The appraiser's report and floorplan is a document that can be used to prove the accurate Gross Living Area (GLA), the total livable space, of your home. These services are helpful and often essential when challenging property taxes or selling a property.
How do floorplan services work?
During a floorplan service, an appraiser measures the property with a measuring tool — either a tape or laser measuring device. As they tour the property, they notate the layout of the rooms and other features, like stairs, entryways, and fireplaces. They might sketch out the property. Then, the appraiser types up a report and a more detailed floorplan showing the total area and the overall layout of the home. The final product is a document that can be used to prove certain specs of your property — like the Gross Living Area (GLA) — on tax documents, home listings, and more.
When should I get a measurement service?
Real estate taxes
Tax records frequently reflect the wrong square footage because the values can come from various sources, and occasionally go unverified — which means you may be taxed for more space than you actually own! Unless an appraiser has performed a recent appraisal or home measurement service on your property (after any updating that might have affected square footage), you'll need one to perform a measurement service before contesting your taxes. An appraiser assesses the accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes can reflect your actual square footage — and you can stop paying more than your house is worth.
Selling a property
A floorplan service can ensure that you're paid fair market value for your home. Area is one of the biggest factors potential buyers consider when purchasing a home — but since square footage values are frequently estimated rather than accurately measured, your property listing might reflect less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it can take credit for. An inaccurate GLA not only decreases the potential selling price of your property, but possibly even the number of interested buyers. The only reliable method of using a precise GLA when listing your home is to reference a recent appraisal or measurement service completed by an appraiser (after any renovation that might have affected square footage).
Material for real estate professionals
To ensure that your client's property sells at a price that properly reflects true market value, we recommend seeking a floorplan service for the property. Your clients, and potential buyers, will be grateful for your thoroughness, and you can rest assured knowing the GLA on your client's listing is a true representation of their home. A floorplan can also be a wonderful marketing tactic to entice potential buyers because they can view the layout and attributes of the home before and after touring. Contact us today to find out more about our measurement services.