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Home remodels and inaccurate estimates on public records can affect a property's price — and a buyer's interest in it. Let us give you an accurate measurement of property area to establish a fair value when purchasing a new property, selling to potential clients, or reducing your property taxes.
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What are measurement services?
Floorplan services are just what they sound like: Based on what you need, an appraiser will measure your house's dimensions and square footage, then draw a basic or highly detailed floorplan. The appraiser's report and floorplan is a form that can be used to prove a precise Gross Living Area (GLA), the total livable area, of your home. These services are helpful and sometimes necessary when challenging property taxes or selling a property.
How does a home measurement service work?
During a measurement service, an appraiser takes measurements of the home with a measuring tool — generally a tape measure or laser measuring device. As they walk the property, they notate the layout of the rooms and other features, like closets, patios, and fireplaces. They may sketch the property. Then, the appraiser types up a report and a more detailed floorplan showing the total area and the overall layout of the house. 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, home listings, and more.
When is a home measurement or floorplan service necessary?
Disputing real estate taxes
Tax records frequently reflect incorrect square footage because the values can come from various sources, and sometimes go unproven — which means you may be taxed for more square footage than you actually have! Unless a certified appraiser has recently executed a valuation on your property (after any updating that might have affected square footage), you'll need an appraiser to perform a measurement service before challenging your taxes. An appraiser will determine an accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes can reflect your actual square footage — and you can stop overpaying.
Marketing a listing
A measuring service will secure fair market value for your property. Square footage is one of the most important elements potential buyers examine when purchasing a house — but since these values are frequently estimated rather than properly measured, your listing might reflect less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it actually has. An inaccurate GLA not only decreases the selling price of your home, but possibly even the number of interested buyers. The only reliable method of using an accurate GLA when listing your home is to refer to a previous appraisal or home measurement service carried out by an appraiser (after any remodeling that may have affected square footage).
For real estate agents
To ensure that your client's home sells at a price that accurately reflects true market value, we advise seeking a floorplan service for the property. Your clients, and potential buyers, will be grateful for your attention to detail, and you can be certain that the GLA on your client's listing is truly representative of their home. A floorplan can also be a wonderful marketing tool to interest potential buyers since they can see the layout and attributes of the home before and after a showing. Get in touch to learn more about our measurement services.