Need your home measured or a floorplan for your property? Let Premier Appraisal of SoCal help.
Home remodels and poor estimates on public records will affect a property's value — and a potential buyer's interest in it. Let Premier Appraisal of SoCal give you an accurate measurement of property size to establish a fair value when purchasing a new property, marketing a property to potential clients, or reducing your property taxes.
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What are measurement services?
Measurement services are just what they sound like: Based on your needs, 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 document that can be used to prove the precise Gross Living Area (GLA), the total livable space, of your home. These services are useful and sometimes essential when disputing property taxes or selling a property.
How does a measurement service work?
During a floorplan service, an appraiser measures your property with a measuring tool — either a tape or laser measuring device. As they move around the home, they notate the layout of the rooms and other features, like closets, entryways, and fireplaces. They may sketch out the property. Then, the appraiser creates a report and detailed floorplan showing the total area and the overall 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 are measurement services required?
Disputing real estate taxes
Tax records frequently reflect the wrong area of a property because the values can come from several sources, and occasionally go unproven — meaning you may be taxed for more space than you have! Unless an appraiser has recently performed a valuation on your property (after any updating that may have affected square footage), you'll need an appraiser to perform a measurement service before attempting to challenge what you're taxed. An appraiser determines the accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes can reflect your actual square footage — and you can stop paying more than your house is worth.
Putting a property up for sale
A home floorplan service can secure fair market value for your house. Square footage is one of the biggest elements potential buyers consider when purchasing a house — but since square footage values are frequently approximated rather than properly measured, your home listing might show less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it actually has. An inaccurate GLA not only decreases the potential selling price of your property, but possibly even the number of interested buyers. The only reliable method of using a precise GLA when listing your home or property is to reference a recent appraisal or home measurement service performed by a certified appraiser (after any updating that might have affected square footage).
Information for agents
To ensure that your client's property sells at a price that accurately reflects market value, we suggest seeking a measurement of the property. Clients, and potential buyers, will appreciate your eye for detail, and you can rest assured knowing the GLA on your client's listing is truly representative of their home. A measurement can also be an excellent marketing tactic to interest potential buyers since they can see the layout and characteristics of the property before and after a walkthrough. Contact Premier Appraisal of SoCal today to learn more about our floorplan services.