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Our certified appraisers can provide you with an accurate floorplan of your property's dimensions to assist in determining a fair value when buying or selling a home, reduce property taxes as a result of inaccurate estimates, or market to possible buyers when selling a property.
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What is a measurement or floorplan service?
Home measurement services are just what they sound like: An appraiser measures the dimensions and square footage of the property, then draws a basic or highly detailed layout based on what you need. 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 space, of your home. These services are useful and sometimes necessary when challenging property taxes or selling a property.
How does a measurement service work?
During a measurement service, an appraiser takes measurements of the home or property with a measuring tool — either a tape or laser measuring device. As they move around the home, they notate the layout of the rooms and other features, like stairs, patios, and pantries. They might sketch out the property. Then, the appraiser develops a report and detailed floorplan showing the total living area and the overall layout of the home. The finished report 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 are floorplan services necessary?
Challenging property taxes
Tax records often reflect incorrect area of a property because the values can come from several sources, and occasionally go unverified — meaning you may be paying for more space than you actually have! Unless an appraiser has completed a recent appraisal or home measurement service on your property (after any remodeling that may have affected square footage), you'll need an appraiser to perform a home measurement service before contesting your taxes. An appraiser will determine an accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes reflect your actual square footage — and you can stop overpaying.
Marketing a home or property
A home measurement service will secure a fair price for your property. Square footage is one of the biggest factors potential buyers consider when purchasing a house — but since square footage values are often estimated rather than properly measured, your home listing might show less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it actually has. 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 precise GLA when listing your property is to reference a previous appraisal or home measurement service carried out by an appraiser (after any updating that might have affected square footage).
Information for real estate professionals
To ensure that your client's home closes at a price that properly reflects true market value, we advise asking for a home measurement of the property. Clients, and potential buyers, will be grateful for your attentiveness, and you can be confident in knowing the GLA on your client's listing is a true representation of their home. A floorplan can also be a fantastic marketing tactic for enticing potential buyers since they can see the layout and features of the house before and after touring. Contact us today to learn more about our floorplan services.