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Our certified appraisers can provide you with an accurate measurement or floorplan of your property to help you establish a fair value when buying or selling a home, lower property taxes due to unreliable public records, or market to possible buyers 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: An appraiser measures the dimensions and square footage of a property, then draws a basic or highly detailed layout based on your needs. The appraiser's report and floorplan is a form that can be used to prove the accurate 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 do home measurement services work?
During a home measurement or floorplan service, a certified appraiser takes measurements of the property with a measuring tool — generally a tape measure or laser measuring device. As they walk the home, they observe the layout of the rooms and other features, like closets, hallways, and pantries. They may make a rough sketch of the property. Then, the appraiser writes up a report and detailed sketch showing the total area and the general layout of the home. The final product 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 are measurement services required?
Real estate taxes
Property tax records frequently reflect inaccurate square footage because the values can come from many sources, and sometimes go unproven — meaning you may be taxed for more square footage than you own! Unless a certified appraiser has recently performed an evaluation on your property (after any renovation that may have affected square footage), you'll need an appraiser to perform a measurement service before contesting what you're taxed. 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.
Putting your property on the market
A floorplan service will secure a fair price for your property. Square footage is one of the most important elements potential buyers consider when purchasing a home — but since square footage values are frequently approximated rather than properly measured, your listing might reflect less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it can take credit for. An inaccurate GLA could potentially decrease the selling price of your home as well as 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 a certified appraiser (after any remodeling that might have affected square footage).
Information for real estate agents
To ensure that your client's property sells at a price that properly reflects market value, we recommend seeking a home measurement of the property. Your 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 floorplan can also be a wonderful marketing tactic for attracting potential buyers since they can review the layout and features of the home before and after touring. Contact us today to find out more about our measurement services.