Need your home measured or a floorplan for your property? Let Gregory James Company, Inc. help.
Home remodels and inaccurate estimates on public records will affect a property's price — and a buyer's interest in it. Let our appraisers give you an accurate estimation of property size to determine a fair value when buying a new home, selling to potential clients, or minimizing property taxes.
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What is a home measurement or floorplan service?
Home measurement services are just what they sound like: Based on what you want, an appraiser will measure your house's dimensions and square footage, then draw a basic or highly detailed layout. The appraiser's report and floorplan is a form that can be used to prove the precise Gross Living Area (GLA), the sum of all livable area, of your home. These services are useful and sometimes essential when challenging property taxes or selling a property.
How does a floorplan service work?
During a home measurement or floorplan service, an appraiser measures the property with a measuring tool — either a tape or laser measuring device. As they tour the house, they notate the layout of the rooms and other features, like stairs, entryways, and fireplaces. They may sketch the property. Then, the appraiser types up a report and a more detailed floorplan showing the total area and the general layout of the home. The final product 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 are measurement services necessary?
Property tax records often reflect inaccurate square footage because the values can come from many sources, and sometimes go unproven — which means you may be paying for more square footage than you actually own! Unless an appraiser has recently executed a valuation on your property (after any updating that might have affected square footage), you'll need an appraiser to perform a measurement service before attempting to dispute what you're taxed. An appraiser assesses the accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes reflect your actual square footage — and you can stop paying more than your house is worth.
Marketing a listing
A home floorplan service can ensure that you're paid a fair price for your property. Square footage is one of the biggest factors potential buyers look for when purchasing a house — but since these values are often approximated rather than accurately measured, your listing may reflect less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it actually has. An inaccurate GLA not only decreases the selling price of your property, but possibly even the amount of interested buyers. The only dependable method of using an accurate GLA when listing your property is to refer to a recent appraisal or home measurement service executed by an appraiser (after any remodeling that may have affected square footage).
To make sure that your client's home closes at a price that accurately reflects market value, we advise asking for a floorplan service for the property. Your clients, and potential buyers, will be grateful for your thoroughness, and you can be certain that the GLA on your client's listing is truly representative of their home. A floorplan can also be a wonderful marketing tool for getting potential buyers interested because they can view the layout and attributes of the property before and after a tour. Contact us today to learn more about our floorplan services.