Need your home measured or a floorplan for your property? Let us help.
Home remodeling and inaccurate valuations on public records will affect a property's value — and its attractiveness to buyers. Let our appraisers give you a reliable evaluation of property size to determine a fair value when acquiring a property, selling to potential clients, or minimizing your property taxes.
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What is a measurement or floorplan service?
Floorplan services are just what they sound like: An appraiser measures the dimensions and square footage of your property, then draws a basic or highly detailed layout based on your requirements. The appraiser's report and floorplan is a document that can be used to prove an accurate Gross Living Area (GLA), the total livable space, of your home. These services are useful and often essential when challenging property taxes or selling a property.
How does a measurement service work?
During a measurement service, a certified appraiser measures your home or property with a measuring tool — either a tape measure or laser measuring device. As they move around the home, they make note of the layout of the rooms and other features, like closets, hallways, and pantries. They may draw a rough sketch of the property. Then, the appraiser types up a report and detailed floorplan showing the total area 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, property listings, and more.
When is a home measurement or floorplan service necessary?
Disputing real estate taxes
Property tax records frequently reflect the wrong area of a property because the values can come from various sources, and occasionally go unproven — which means you may be taxed for more space than you actually own! Unless an appraiser has recently performed a valuation on your property (after any updating that might have affected square footage), you'll need an appraiser to perform a home measurement service before contesting your taxes. An appraiser will verify an accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes reflect your actual square footage — and you can stop overpaying.
Selling a home or property
A measuring service will ensure that you're paid a fair price for your home. Living space is one of the most important elements potential buyers look for when purchasing a home — but since square footage values are often approximated rather than accurately measured, your property listing might show less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it actually has. An inaccurate GLA could potentially decrease the price of your home as well as the number of potential buyers. The only sure method of using a definitive GLA when listing your home is to refer to a previous appraisal or home measurement service executed by an appraiser (after any renovation that may have affected square footage).
For real estate professionals
To make sure that your client's home closes at a price that properly reflects market value, we advise requesting a measurement of the property. Your clients, and especially potential buyers, will appreciate your thoroughness, and you can be assured that the GLA on your client's listing is a true representation of their home. A floorplan can also be a great marketing tactic to entice potential buyers since they can view the layout and attributes of the house before and after a walkthrough. Contact us today to find out more about our floorplan services.