Needing a home measured? Let Irvine Appraising Company help.
Our certified appraisers can provide you with an accurate floorplan of your home to assist in determining a fair value when buying or selling a home, reduce property taxes from unreliable estimates, or market to potential clients when selling real estate.
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What is a home measurement or floorplan service?
Home measurement services are just what they sound like: Based on your requirements, an appraiser will measure your home's dimensions and area, then draw a basic or highly detailed layout. The appraiser's report and floorplan is a form 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 often essential when disputing property taxes or selling a property.
How does a floorplan service work?
During a home measurement service, a certified appraiser takes measurements of your home with a measuring tool — either a tape measure or laser measuring device. As they move around the house, they mark the layout of the rooms and other features, like closets, hallways, and fireplaces. They might draw a rough sketch of the property. Then, the appraiser creates a report and a more detailed floorplan showing the total living area of the home and the general layout. The completed report is a document that can be used to prove certain details about your property — like the Gross Living Area (GLA) — on tax documents, property listings, and more.
When are floorplan services needed?
Property tax records often reflect the wrong area of a property because the values can come from several sources, and occasionally go unproven — meaning you may be paying for more square footage than you actually own! 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 disputing what you're taxed. An appraiser verifies an accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes can reflect your actual square footage — and you can stop overpaying.
Putting a property up for sale
A home floorplan service can ensure that you're paid a fair price for your property. Square footage is one of the most important factors potential buyers look for when purchasing a home — but since these values are frequently approximated rather than accurately measured, your listing might reflect less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it can take credit for. An inaccurate GLA not only reduces the potential selling price for your property, but possibly even the amount of interested buyers. The only reliable method of using a precise GLA when listing your home or property is to refer to a recent appraisal or measurement service performed by an appraiser (after any remodeling that may have affected square footage).
Material for real estate agents
To ensure that your client's home sells at a price that accurately reflects market value, we recommend requesting a measurement of the property. Clients, and especially potential buyers, will be grateful for your scrupulousness, and you can be confident in knowing the GLA on your client's listing is truly representative of their home. A floorplan can also be a wonderful marketing tactic for attracting potential buyers because they can view the layout and details of the property before and after touring. Contact us to learn more about our floorplan services.