Need your home measured or a floorplan for your property? Let Gregory James Company, Inc. help.
Our certified appraisers can provide you with an accurate measurement of your property to establish a fair value when buying or selling a home, cut down property taxes from unreliable estimates, or market to potential clients when selling a property.
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What are home measurement services?
Measurement services are just what they sound like: Based on your requirements, an appraiser will measure the property's dimensions and square footage, then draw a basic or highly detailed floorplan. The appraiser's report and floorplan is a document that can be used to prove the precise Gross Living Area (GLA), the total livable area, of your home. These services are helpful and sometimes necessary when challenging property taxes or selling a property.
How does a floorplan service work?
During a measurement or floorplan service, a certified appraiser measures your property with a measuring tool — generally a tape measure or laser measuring device. As they walk the home, they note the layout of the rooms and other features, like closets, entryways, and fireplaces. They might sketch the property. Then, the appraiser develops a report and a more detailed sketch showing the total square footage and the overall layout of the home. The completed report is a document that can be used to prove certain details about your property — like the Gross Living Area (GLA) — on tax documents, home listings, and more.
When are measurement services necessary?
Real estate taxes
Tax records frequently reflect the wrong square footage because the values can come from many sources, and sometimes go unproven — meaning you may be paying for more space than you actually have! Unless an appraiser has performed a recent evaluation or measurement service on your property (after any renovation that might have affected square footage), you'll need an appraiser to perform a home measurement service before disputing 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 your home
A measuring service can secure a fair price for your property. Living space is one of the most important elements 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 could potentially reduce the selling price of your home as well as the number of interested buyers. The only sure method of using an accurate GLA when listing your home or property is to reference a previous appraisal or home measurement service carried out by a certified appraiser (after any remodeling that might have affected square footage).
Information for real estate professionals
To ensure that your client's property sells at a price that correctly reflects market value, we recommend asking for a home measurement of the property. Clients, and potential buyers, will appreciate your eye for detail, and you can be certain that the GLA on your client's listing is truly representative of their home. A floorplan can also be an excellent marketing tactic to attract potential buyers since they can review the layout and attributes of the property before and after a showing. Contact us to learn more about our floorplan services.