Need your home measured or a floorplan for your property? Let us help.
Home remodeling and inaccurate valuations on public records can affect a property's value — and a buyer's interest in it. Let us give you an accurate evaluation of property size to determine a fair, unbiased value when purchasing a new property, marketing a property to potential clients, or reducing your property taxes.
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What is a home measurement or floorplan service?
Measurement services are just what they sound like: An appraiser measures the dimensions and area of the 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 area, of your home. These services are helpful and often necessary when disputing property taxes or selling a property.
How does a measurement service work?
During a home measurement or floorplan service, an appraiser takes measurements of your home or property with a measuring tool — either a tape or laser measuring device. As they walk the house, they make note of the layout of the rooms and other features, like stairs, entryways, and fireplaces. They might sketch out the property. Then, the appraiser creates a report and a more detailed sketch showing the total living area of the home and the overall layout. 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 are measurement services needed?
Tax records often reflect inaccurate square footage because the values can come from various sources, and occasionally go unverified — which means you may be taxed for more square footage than you actually have! Unless an appraiser has recently executed an evaluation on your property (after any remodeling that may have affected square footage), you'll need an appraiser to perform a measurement service before disputing what you're taxed. An appraiser will determine the accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes reflect your actual square footage — and you can stop paying more than your house is worth.
Putting a home up for sale
A home floorplan service can secure fair market value for your house. Living space is one of the most important factors potential buyers look for when purchasing a home — but since these values are frequently estimated rather than accurately measured, your property listing may show less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it actually has. An inaccurate GLA could potentially decrease the selling price of the property as well as the number of interested buyers. The only sure method of using an accurate GLA when listing your home is to refer to a previous appraisal or measurement service performed by a certified appraiser (after any remodeling that might have affected square footage).
Information for real estate agents
To make certain that your client's home sells at a price that appropriately reflects true market value, we suggest seeking a floorplan service for the property. Your clients, and especially potential buyers, will appreciate your scrupulousness, and you can be assured that the GLA on your client's listing is a true representation of their home. A floorplan can also be an excellent marketing tactic to interest potential buyers since they can review the layout and features of the property before and after a walkthrough. Contact us today to find out more about our home measurement and floorplan services.