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Our certified appraisers can provide you with an accurate measurement or floorplan of your home's dimensions to assist in determining a fair value when buying or selling a home, reduce property taxes as a result of inaccurate estimates, or market to potential clients when selling real estate.
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What is a home measurement or floorplan service?
A measurement service is just what it sounds like: Based on your requirements, an appraiser will measure the house's dimensions and area, then draw a basic or highly detailed floorplan. The appraiser's report and floorplan is a form that can be used to prove the precise Gross Living Area (GLA), the total 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 service, an appraiser takes measurements of your home with a measuring tool — either a tape or laser measuring device. As they tour the property, they make note of the layout of the rooms and other features, like stairs, entryways, and fireplaces. They might sketch the property. Then, the appraiser creates a report and a more detailed sketch showing the total living 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 documents, property listings, and more.
When are floorplan services needed?
Disputing property taxes
Tax records often reflect the wrong area of a property because the values can come from many sources, and occasionally go unverified — meaning you may be paying for more space than you have! Unless a certified appraiser has recently executed an evaluation on your property (after any remodeling that may have affected square footage), you'll need one to perform a home measurement service before contesting your taxes. 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 property is worth.
Selling a property
A home measurement service can ensure that you're paid fair market value for your property. Living space is one of the biggest factors potential buyers look for when purchasing a house — but since square footage values are frequently estimated rather than accurately measured, your property listing might show less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it can take credit for. An inaccurate GLA could potentially reduce the price of your property as well as the number of interested buyers. The only sure method of using a definitive GLA when listing your home is to reference a previous appraisal or measurement service executed by an appraiser (after any updating that might have affected square footage).
Material for real estate professionals
To ensure that your client's property sells at a price that appropriately reflects true market value, we recommend seeking a floorplan service for the property. Clients, and especially potential buyers, will be grateful for your eye for detail, and you can be assured that the GLA on your client's listing is truly representative of their home. A floorplan can also be an excellent marketing tool to entice potential buyers because they can see the layout and attributes of the property before and after a tour. Get in touch with us to learn more about our home measurement and floorplan services.
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