Needing your property measured? Let us help.
Home remodeling and inaccurate valuations on public records can affect a property's price — and its attractiveness to potential buyers. Let us give you an accurate calculation of property area to establish a fair, unbiased value when buying a home, marketing a property to potential clients, or minimizing your property taxes.
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What are measurement services?
A floorplan service is just what it sounds like: Based on what you need, an appraiser will measure your house'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 a precise Gross Living Area (GLA), the total livable space, of your home. These services are useful and often essential when disputing property taxes or selling a property.
How do measurement services work?
During a home measurement or floorplan service, an appraiser takes measurements of the home or property with a measuring tool — generally a tape measure or laser measuring device. As they tour the home, they note the layout of the rooms and other features, like stairs, entryways, and pantries. They may draw a rough sketch of the property. Then, the appraiser types up a report and a more detailed floorplan showing the total square footage and the general layout of the house. 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 documents, home listings, and more.
When is a measurement or floorplan service needed?
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 own! Unless a certified appraiser has recently executed an evaluation on your property (after any updating that might have affected square footage), you'll need an appraiser to perform a measurement service before attempting to dispute your taxes. An appraiser will determine an accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes can reflect your actual square footage — and you can stop overpaying.
Putting a property up for sale
A home floorplan service will ensure that you're paid fair market value for your home. Living space is one of the biggest factors potential buyers examine when purchasing a home — but since these values are frequently estimated rather than properly measured, your home listing may reflect less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it actually has. An inaccurate GLA not only decreases the selling price for your home, but possibly even the number of interested buyers. The only reliable method of using an accurate GLA when listing your home is to refer to a previous appraisal or measurement service carried out by a certified appraiser (after any remodeling that may have affected square footage).
For real estate professionals
To ensure that your client's property sells at a price that accurately reflects market value, we recommend seeking a measurement of the property. Your clients, and especially potential buyers, will appreciate your scrupulousness, and you can be certain that the GLA on your client's listing is truly representative of their home. A floorplan can also be an excellent marketing tool for getting potential buyers interested since they can see the layout and features of the property before and after touring. Get in touch with us to learn more about our home measurement and floorplan services.