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Our certified appraisers can provide you with an accurate floorplan of your property's dimensions to ascertain a fair value when buying or selling a home, cut property taxes from incorrect estimates, or market to potential clients when selling a property.
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What is a measurement or floorplan service?
A home measurement service is just what it sounds like: An appraiser measures the dimensions and area of your property, then draws a basic or highly detailed layout based on your requirements. The appraiser's report and floorplan is a document that can be used to prove a precise Gross Living Area (GLA), the total livable space, of your home. These services are helpful and often necessary when challenging property taxes or selling a property.
How does a home measurement or floorplan service work?
During a home measurement or floorplan service, a certified appraiser takes measurements of the home or property with a measuring tool — either a tape measure or laser measuring device. As they tour the house, they notate the layout of the rooms and other features, like closets, patios, and fireplaces. They might draw a rough sketch of the property. Then, the appraiser creates a report and a more detailed sketch showing the total living area and the overall layout of the home. The finished product 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 home measurement or floorplan service needed?
Disputing real estate taxes
Property tax records frequently reflect the wrong square footage because the values can come from various sources, and occasionally go unverified — meaning you may be taxed for more space than you actually have! Unless a certified appraiser has performed a recent appraisal or measurement service on your property (after any updating that may have affected square footage), you'll need one to perform a home measurement service before attempting to challenge your taxes. An appraiser will establish an accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes can reflect the actual square footage — and you can stop overpaying.
Selling a home or property
A measuring service can secure a fair price for your home. Living space is one of the most important factors potential buyers look for when purchasing a home — but since these values are often approximated rather than properly measured, your property listing may show less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it actually has. An inaccurate GLA could potentially decrease the selling price of the property as well as the number of potential buyers. The only sure method of using a definitive GLA when listing your home is to reference a previous appraisal or home measurement service completed by an appraiser (after any remodeling that may have affected square footage).
To make certain that your client's property closes at a price that appropriately reflects market value, we suggest seeking a measurement of the property. Clients, and potential buyers, will be grateful for your thoroughness, and you can rest assured knowing the GLA on your client's listing is truly representative of their home. A measurement can also be a wonderful marketing tactic to interest potential buyers because they can review the layout and features of the house before and after touring. Get in touch to find out more about our measurement services.