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Home remodeling and inaccurate estimates on public records can affect a property's value — and its attractiveness to potential buyers. Let us give you an accurate estimation of property size to determine a fair value when buying a new home, selling to potential clients, or minimizing your property taxes.
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What is a measurement or floorplan service?
Measurement services are just what they sound like: Based on your needs, an appraiser will measure the property's dimensions and area, then draw a basic or highly detailed floorplan. 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 helpful and sometimes necessary when challenging property taxes or selling a property.
How do measurement services work?
During a measurement or floorplan service, an appraiser measures your home with a measuring tool — either a tape measure or laser measuring device. As they move around the home, they notate the layout of the rooms and other features, like closets, patios, and pantries. They may sketch the property. Then, the appraiser writes up a report and detailed sketch showing the total area of the house and the general layout. The finished report 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 is a home measurement or floorplan service needed?
Disputing property taxes
Tax records frequently reflect the wrong 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 have! Unless a certified appraiser has recently completed a valuation on your property (after any renovation that may have affected square footage), you'll need one to perform a measurement service before contesting your taxes. An appraiser verifies the accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes can reflect the actual square footage — and you can stop paying more than your property is worth.
Putting a home on the market
A home measurement service will secure a fair price for your property. Living space is one of the most important factors potential buyers consider when purchasing a home — but since square footage values are often estimated rather than accurately measured, your property listing might reflect less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it can take credit for. An inaccurate GLA could potentially reduce the price of the home as well as the number of potential buyers. The only dependable method of using a definitive GLA when listing your home or property is to reference a recent appraisal or measurement service executed by a certified appraiser (after any renovation that may have affected square footage).
To make sure that your client's property closes at a price that appropriately reflects market value, we suggest asking for a home measurement of the property. Clients, and potential buyers, will appreciate your attentiveness, and you can be confident in knowing the GLA on your client's listing is a true representation of their home. A measurement can also be a fantastic marketing tool for attracting potential buyers because they can see the layout and features of the property before and after a tour. Contact Integrated Assets today to find out more about our floorplan services.