Needing a property measured? Let Premier Appraisal of SoCal help.
Home remodeling and poor estimates on public records will affect a property's price — and a buyer's interest in it. Let our appraisers give you an accurate calculation of property area to determine a fair value when purchasing a new home, selling to potential clients, or reducing your property taxes.
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What are home measurement services?
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 floorplan based on what you need. The appraiser's report and floorplan is a document that can be used to prove the accurate Gross Living Area (GLA), the sum of all livable area, of your home. These services are helpful and often essential when disputing property taxes or selling a property.
How does a home measurement service work?
During a measurement service, a certified appraiser measures your home or property with a measuring tool — generally a tape or laser measuring device. As they walk the house, they note the layout of the rooms and other features, like closets, patios, and pantries. They may draw a rough sketch of the property. Then, the appraiser types up a report and a more detailed floorplan showing the total square footage and the overall layout of the home. The finished product is a document that can be used to prove certain details about your property — like the Gross Living Area (GLA) — on tax documentation, property listings, and more.
When are floorplan services required?
Tax records frequently reflect incorrect area of a property because the values can come from several sources, and sometimes go unproven — meaning you may be paying for more square footage than you own! Unless a certified appraiser has completed a recent appraisal or measurement service on your property (after any renovation that may have affected square footage), you'll need one to perform a home measurement service before attempting to challenge your taxes. An appraiser verifies an accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes reflect your actual square footage — and you can stop overpaying.
Putting your home up for sale
A home floorplan service will ensure that you're paid fair market value for your property. Square footage is one of the biggest elements potential buyers consider when purchasing a house — but since square footage values are frequently estimated rather than properly measured, your listing may show less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it can take credit for. An inaccurate GLA not only reduces the potential selling price of your home, but possibly even the amount of interested buyers. The only sure method of using a definitive GLA when listing your home is to refer to a recent appraisal or home measurement service completed by a certified appraiser (after any renovation that may have affected square footage).
For real estate agents
To ensure that your client's property closes at a price that properly reflects market value, we advise seeking a floorplan service for the property. Clients, and potential buyers, will be grateful for your thoroughness, and you can be assured that the GLA on your client's listing is a true representation of their home. A measurement can also be a wonderful marketing tool to entice potential buyers because they can view the layout and features of the house before and after a walkthrough. Contact us to find out more about our floorplan services.