Need your home measured or a floorplan for your property? Let Irvine Appraising Company help.
Home remodels and poor valuations on public records will affect a property's price — and a potential buyer's interest in it. Let Irvine Appraising Company give you a reliable estimation of property dimensions to determine a fair, unbiased value when purchasing a property, selling to potential clients, or minimizing your property taxes.
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What is a measurement or floorplan service?
A floorplan service is just what it sounds like: Based on what you need, an appraiser will measure your property's dimensions and square footage, then draw a basic or highly detailed floorplan. The appraiser's report and floorplan is a document that can be used to prove a precise Gross Living Area (GLA), the sum of all 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 measurement or floorplan service, an appraiser measures the property with a measuring tool — generally a tape or laser measuring device. As they walk the property, they observe the layout of the rooms and other features, like stairs, hallways, and fireplaces. They might sketch the property. Then, the appraiser creates a report and a more detailed floorplan showing the total living area of the home and the overall layout. The finished report is a document that can be used to prove certain specs of your property — like the Gross Living Area (GLA) — on tax documents, property listings, and more.
When are floorplan services necessary?
Disputing real estate taxes
Tax records often reflect the wrong square footage because the values can come from various sources, and occasionally go unverified — which means you may be paying for more space than you actually have! Unless a certified appraiser has completed a recent evaluation or measurement service on your property (after any remodeling that might have affected square footage), you'll need one to perform a home measurement service before challenging your taxes. An appraiser verifies 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.
Putting your property up for sale
A measurement service will secure a fair price for your property. Living space is one of the most important elements potential buyers examine when purchasing a house — but since these values are often estimated rather than properly measured, your property listing may reflect less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it can take credit for. An inaccurate GLA not only reduces the selling price for your home, but possibly even the amount of interested buyers. The only reliable method of using a definitive GLA when listing your home or property is to refer to a previous appraisal or home measurement service executed by an appraiser (after any renovation that may have affected square footage).
For real estate agents
To make sure that your client's property sells at a price that correctly reflects market value, we advise seeking a home measurement of the property. Your clients, and especially potential buyers, will appreciate your scrupulousness, and you can be confident in knowing the GLA on your client's listing is truly representative of their home. A measurement can also be a fantastic marketing tool to attract potential buyers since they can view the layout and attributes of the property before and after a walkthrough. Contact Irvine Appraising Company today to learn more about our floorplan services.