Needing a property measured? Let Integrated Assets help.
Home remodels and poor valuations on public records can affect a property's price — and a potential buyer's interest in it. Let us give you an accurate measurement of property area to establish a fair, unbiased value when acquiring a new home, selling to potential clients, or minimizing your property taxes.
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What is a home measurement or floorplan service?
Home measurement services are just what they sound like: Based on your needs, an appraiser will measure your property'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 the precise Gross Living Area (GLA), the total livable area, of your home. These services are helpful and sometimes essential when challenging property taxes or selling a property.
How do floorplan services work?
During a floorplan service, a certified appraiser measures the home or property with a measuring tool — either a tape measure or laser measuring device. As they tour the property, they mark the layout of the rooms and other features, like stairs, entryways, and fireplaces. They might sketch the property. Then, the appraiser creates a report and detailed sketch showing the total living area of the home and the overall 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, home listings, and more.
When do I need a measurement service?
Real estate taxes
Property tax records often reflect incorrect area of a property because the values can come from various sources, and occasionally go unproven — meaning you may be taxed for more square footage than you actually own! Unless an appraiser has executed a recent valuation or measurement service on your property (after any updating that might have affected square footage), you'll need an appraiser to perform a home measurement service before contesting your taxes. An appraiser assesses an accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes reflect the actual square footage — and you can stop paying more than your house is worth.
Selling a home or property
A home floorplan service can ensure that you're paid a fair price for your home. Square footage is one of the biggest elements potential buyers consider when purchasing a home — but since square footage values are often approximated rather than accurately measured, your home listing might show less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it can take credit for. An inaccurate GLA could potentially reduce the selling price of your home as well as the number of interested buyers. The only reliable method of using a precise GLA when listing your home or property is to refer to a previous appraisal or home measurement service executed by an appraiser (after any updating that may have affected square footage).
Information for real estate agents
To ensure that your client's home sells at a price that accurately reflects market value, we advise asking for a floorplan service for the property. Clients, and especially potential buyers, will be grateful for your attention to detail, and you can rest assured knowing the GLA on your client's listing is truly representative of their home. A floorplan can also be a fantastic marketing tool to entice potential buyers because they can see the layout and characteristics of the home before and after touring. Contact us today to learn more about our floorplan services.