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Home remodels and inaccurate valuations on public records will affect a property's value — and its attractiveness to buyers. Let our appraisers give you an accurate estimation of property size to determine a fair value when buying a new property, marketing a property to potential clients, or minimizing 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 square footage of your 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 a precise Gross Living Area (GLA), the total livable area, of your home. These services are helpful and often essential when disputing property taxes or selling a property.
How do floorplan services work?
During a measurement service, an appraiser measures your property with a measuring tool — generally a tape measure or laser measuring device. As they walk the property, they mark the layout of the rooms and other features, like stairs, patios, and pantries. They may draw a rough sketch of the property. Then, the appraiser creates a report and detailed floorplan showing the total square footage and the overall layout of the home. The final 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 home measurement or floorplan service needed?
Disputing property taxes
Property tax records frequently reflect incorrect area of a property because the values can come from many sources, and sometimes go unproven — which means you may be taxed for more space than you have! Unless a certified appraiser has recently completed an evaluation on your property (after any updating that may have affected square footage), you'll need an appraiser to perform a measurement service before attempting to challenge your taxes. An appraiser verifies the accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes reflect the actual square footage — and you can stop overpaying.
Putting your property up for sale
A home floorplan service can ensure that you're paid fair market value for your house. Square footage is one of the biggest factors potential buyers look for when purchasing a house — but since these values are frequently approximated rather than accurately measured, your home listing might show less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it actually has. An inaccurate GLA not only reduces the potential selling price of your home, but possibly even the amount of interested buyers. The only dependable method of using an accurate GLA when listing your property is to refer to a previous appraisal or measurement service completed by an appraiser (after any remodeling that may have affected square footage).
For real estate agents
To make sure that your client's property closes at a price that correctly reflects market value, we suggest requesting a floorplan service for the property. Clients, and potential buyers, will be grateful for your eye for detail, and you can be confident in knowing the GLA on your client's listing is a true representation of their home. A floorplan can also be an excellent marketing tool to attract potential buyers since they can view the layout and features of the home before and after a walkthrough. Contact us today to find out more about our floorplan services.