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Our certified appraisers can provide you with an accurate measurement of your home to assist in determining a fair value when buying or selling a home, cut down property taxes as a result of unreliable public records, or market to potential clients when selling real estate.
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What is a home measurement or floorplan service?
Home measurement services are just what they sound like: An appraiser measures the dimensions and square footage of the property, then draws a basic or highly detailed layout based on your needs. The appraiser's report and floorplan is a form that can be used to prove an accurate Gross Living Area (GLA), the total livable area, of your home. These services are useful and sometimes necessary when challenging property taxes or selling a property.
How does a measurement service work?
During a measurement or floorplan service, an appraiser measures your property with a measuring tool — either a tape measure 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 draw a rough sketch of the property. Then, the appraiser develops a report and a more detailed floorplan showing the total living area and the general layout of the home. 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, property listings, and more.
When are floorplan services required?
Real estate taxes
Tax records often reflect inaccurate area of a property because the values can come from many sources, and occasionally go unverified — which means you may be taxed for more square footage than you actually own! Unless an appraiser has performed a recent appraisal or home measurement service on your property (after any renovation that may have affected square footage), you'll need an appraiser to perform a home measurement service before attempting to dispute your taxes. An appraiser determines the accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes reflect your actual square footage — and you can stop overpaying.
Selling a property
A home floorplan service can secure a fair price for your home. Area is one of the biggest factors potential buyers examine when purchasing a house — but since these values are often approximated rather than properly measured, your listing may show less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it can take credit for. An inaccurate GLA not only decreases the potential selling price of your home, but possibly even the amount of interested buyers. The only reliable method of using an accurate GLA when listing your home is to reference a recent appraisal or measurement service executed by a certified appraiser (after any updating that might have affected square footage).
For real estate agents
To ensure that your client's property sells at a price that appropriately reflects true market value, we advise seeking a home measurement of the property. Clients, and potential buyers, will appreciate your thoroughness, and you can be certain that the GLA on your client's listing is a true representation of their home. A measurement can also be a great marketing tactic to attract potential buyers because they can see the layout and details of the home before and after a walkthrough. Contact us to learn more about our home measurement and floorplan services.