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Our certified appraisers can give you an accurate measurement or floorplan of your property to help you determine a fair value when buying or selling a home, lower property taxes as a result of inaccurate estimates, or market to possible clients when selling real estate.
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What are floorplan services?
Home measurement services are just what they sound like: Based on what you want, an appraiser will measure the property's dimensions and area, then draw a basic or highly detailed layout. 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 useful and sometimes essential when disputing property taxes or selling a property.
How does a home measurement service work?
During a measurement or floorplan service, an appraiser takes measurements of your home or property with a measuring tool — either a tape measure or laser measuring device. As they walk the property, they note the layout of the rooms and other features, like closets, patios, and pantries. They may make a rough sketch of the property. Then, the appraiser creates a report and a more detailed floorplan showing the total square footage and the general layout of the house. The result is a document that can be used to prove certain specs of your property — like the Gross Living Area (GLA) — on tax documentation, property listings, and more.
When is a measurement or floorplan service necessary?
Challenging property taxes
Tax records frequently reflect incorrect square footage because the values can come from various sources, and occasionally go unproven — which means you may be paying for more square footage than you have! Unless a certified appraiser has recently executed an evaluation on your property (after any renovation that may have affected square footage), you'll need an appraiser to perform a home measurement service before attempting to challenge your taxes. An appraiser determines an accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes can reflect the actual square footage — and you can stop overpaying.
Putting your home up for sale
A measurement service will secure fair market value for your home. Area is one of the most important elements potential buyers examine when purchasing a home — but since square footage values are often approximated rather than properly measured, your home listing might show less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it can take credit for. An inaccurate GLA not only decreases the potential selling price of your home, but possibly even the number of interested buyers. The only reliable method of using a definitive GLA when listing your property is to refer to a previous appraisal or measurement service performed by an appraiser (after any remodeling that may have affected square footage).
Information for agents
To ensure that your client's property closes at a price that correctly reflects true market value, we advise requesting a floorplan service for the property. Clients, and especially potential buyers, will be grateful for your scrupulousness, and you can be assured that the GLA on your client's listing is a true representation of their home. A floorplan can also be an excellent marketing tactic to entice potential buyers since they can review the layout and features of the property before and after touring. Contact us today to find out more about our measurement services.