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Home remodels and poor estimates on public records can affect a property's value — and its attractiveness to potential buyers. Let us give you a reliable evaluation of property dimensions to establish a fair value when purchasing a property, marketing a property to potential clients, or minimizing your property taxes.
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What are home 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 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 total livable space, of your home. These services are useful and sometimes necessary when challenging property taxes or selling a property.
How does a home measurement or floorplan service work?
During a home measurement or floorplan service, a certified appraiser measures your home with a measuring tool — generally a tape or laser measuring device. As they tour the property, they make note of the layout of the rooms and other features, like closets, entryways, and fireplaces. They might sketch out the property. Then, the appraiser types up a report and a more detailed sketch showing the total area of the home and the general layout. The final product is a document that can be used to prove certain details about your property — like the Gross Living Area (GLA) — on tax documentation, property listings, and more.
When should I get a measurement service?
Real estate taxes
Property tax records frequently reflect inaccurate area of a property because the values can come from many sources, and sometimes go unproven — meaning you may be paying for more space than you actually own! Unless an appraiser has recently executed a valuation on your property (after any updating that might have affected square footage), you'll need an appraiser to perform a measurement service before contesting 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 paying more than your house is worth.
Selling a home or property
A floorplan service can ensure that you're paid a fair price for your house. Area is one of the most important factors potential buyers consider when purchasing a home — but since these values are frequently approximated rather than accurately measured, your property listing may show less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it actually has. An inaccurate GLA not only decreases the potential selling price for your property, but possibly even the number of interested buyers. The only reliable method of using a definitive GLA when listing your home is to refer to a previous appraisal or measurement service completed by an appraiser (after any updating that might have affected square footage).
Material for real estate agents
To make certain that your client's home closes at a price that properly reflects market value, we advise requesting a home measurement of the property. Clients, and especially potential buyers, will appreciate your attentiveness, 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 great marketing tactic to entice potential buyers since they can review 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.