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Home remodeling and inaccurate valuations on public records can affect a property's price — and a potential buyer's interest in it. Let Gregory James Company, Inc. give you a reliable evaluation of property area to determine a fair, unbiased value when purchasing a property, selling to potential clients, or minimizing your property taxes.
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What are floorplan services?
Measurement services are just what they sound like: Based on what you need, an appraiser will measure your property's dimensions and area, then draw a basic or highly detailed layout. The appraiser's report and floorplan is a form that can be used to prove a 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 home measurement or floorplan service work?
During a measurement or floorplan service, a certified appraiser measures your property 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 draw a rough sketch of the property. Then, the appraiser types up a report and detailed sketch showing the total area and the overall layout of the house. The completed report 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 is a measurement or floorplan service needed?
Disputing real estate taxes
Property tax records frequently reflect the wrong area of a property because the values can come from various sources, and sometimes go unverified — meaning you may be paying for more square footage than you actually own! Unless a certified appraiser has executed a recent evaluation or home measurement service on your property (after any remodeling that might have affected square footage), you'll need an appraiser to perform a measurement service before challenging your taxes. An appraiser verifies 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 will ensure that you're paid a fair price for your house. Square footage is one of the most important factors potential buyers examine when purchasing a house — but since these values are often approximated rather than properly measured, your property listing may reflect less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it actually has. An inaccurate GLA could potentially decrease the price of the property as well as the number of interested buyers. The only dependable method of using a precise GLA when listing your home is to reference a previous appraisal or measurement service performed by an appraiser (after any renovation that might have affected square footage).
To make certain that your client's home sells at a price that appropriately reflects market value, we recommend seeking a floorplan service for the property. Your clients, and potential buyers, will be grateful for your eye for detail, and you can rest assured knowing the GLA on your client's listing is truly representative of their home. A floorplan can also be a fantastic marketing tool to interest potential buyers since they can see the layout and details of the house before and after a walkthrough. Contact Gregory James Company, Inc. to find out more about our floorplan services.