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Home remodeling and poor estimates on public records can affect a property's price — and its attractiveness to buyers. Let us give you an accurate estimation of property dimensions to establish a fair value when purchasing a new property, selling to potential clients, or minimizing your property taxes.
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What is a measurement or floorplan service?
Home measurement services are just what they sound like: Based on your requirements, an appraiser will measure your property's dimensions and area, then draw a basic or highly detailed layout. The appraiser's report and floorplan is a document that can be used to prove the accurate Gross Living Area (GLA), the sum of all livable area, of your home. These services are helpful and sometimes necessary when disputing property taxes or selling a property.
How does a floorplan service work?
During a measurement or floorplan service, a certified appraiser measures the home or property with a measuring tool — generally a tape or laser measuring device. As they move around the house, they note the layout of the rooms and other features, like closets, patios, and fireplaces. They might sketch out the property. Then, the appraiser creates a report and a more detailed sketch showing the total square footage and the overall layout of the house. The result is a document that can be used to prove certain specs of your property — like the Gross Living Area (GLA) — on tax documentation, home listings, and more.
When do I need a measurement service?
Tax records often reflect inaccurate area of a property because the values can come from many sources, and occasionally go unverified — which means you may be taxed for more square footage than you have! Unless an appraiser has executed a recent valuation or measurement service on your property (after any renovation that may have affected square footage), you'll need one to perform a home measurement service before disputing what you're taxed. An appraiser verifies an 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 property is worth.
Marketing a listing
A floorplan service can ensure that you're paid a fair price for your property. Living space is one of the most important factors potential buyers consider when purchasing a home — but since these values are often approximated rather than accurately measured, your home listing might show less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it actually has. An inaccurate GLA not only decreases the potential selling price of your home, but possibly even the amount of interested buyers. The only sure method of using an accurate GLA when listing your home is to reference a previous appraisal or home measurement service carried out by an appraiser (after any renovation that might have affected square footage).
Information for agents
To make certain that your client's property sells at a price that properly reflects true market value, we suggest seeking a measurement of the property. Your clients, and especially potential buyers, will be grateful for your attention to detail, 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 wonderful marketing tool to attract potential buyers since they can see the layout and features of the house before and after touring. Get in touch to find out more about our home measurement and floorplan services.