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Home remodeling and inaccurate estimates on public records can affect a property's price — and its attractiveness to buyers. Let us give you an accurate measurement of property dimensions to establish a fair value when buying a home, marketing a property to potential clients, or minimizing your property taxes.
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What is a home measurement or floorplan service?
A floorplan service is just what it sounds like: An appraiser measures the dimensions and square footage of a property, then draws a basic or highly detailed layout based on what you need. The appraiser's report and floorplan is a document that can be used to prove the precise Gross Living Area (GLA), the sum of all livable area, of your home. These services are helpful and often necessary when disputing property taxes or selling a property.
How do floorplan services work?
During a home measurement or floorplan service, an appraiser measures your property with a measuring tool — either a tape or laser measuring device. As they move around the house, they observe the layout of the rooms and other features, like stairs, entryways, and fireplaces. They might make a rough sketch of the property. Then, the appraiser creates a report and detailed sketch showing the total square footage of the house and the overall layout. The result is a document that can be used to prove certain details about your property — like the Gross Living Area (GLA) — on tax documents, home listings, and more.
When is a home measurement or floorplan service required?
Disputing real estate taxes
Property tax records frequently reflect inaccurate square footage because the values can come from several sources, and sometimes go unproven — meaning you may be taxed for more square footage than you own! Unless an appraiser has executed a recent valuation or home measurement service on your property (after any updating that may have affected square footage), you'll need an appraiser to perform a home measurement service before attempting to challenge your taxes. An appraiser determines an accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes can reflect your actual square footage — and you can stop overpaying.
Selling your home
A home floorplan service can secure fair market value for your home. Square footage is one of the most important elements potential buyers examine when purchasing a house — but since square footage values are often estimated rather than accurately measured, your property listing might reflect less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it can take credit for. An inaccurate GLA could potentially decrease the price of the property as well as the number of potential buyers. The only reliable method of using an accurate GLA when listing your home or property is to refer to a recent appraisal or measurement service executed by a certified appraiser (after any updating that may have affected square footage).
Information for real estate agents
To make sure that your client's property closes at a price that accurately reflects market value, we recommend asking for a measurement of the property. Your clients, and especially potential buyers, will be grateful for your thoroughness, and you can be confident in knowing the GLA on your client's listing is truly representative of their home. A measurement can also be a great marketing tool to attract potential buyers since they can see the layout and features of the home before and after touring. Contact us today to find out more about our home measurement and floorplan services.