Need your home measured or a floorplan for your property? Let Gregory James Company, Inc. help.
Home remodeling and poor valuations on public records can affect a property's price — and its attractiveness to buyers. Let us give you an accurate estimation of property area to determine a fair, unbiased value when acquiring a new property, marketing a property to potential clients, or reducing property taxes.
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What are floorplan services?
A measurement service is just what it sounds like: An appraiser measures the dimensions and area 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 the accurate Gross Living Area (GLA), the sum of all livable space, of your home. These services are useful and often necessary when challenging property taxes or selling a property.
How do floorplan services work?
During a measurement service, an appraiser measures your home or property with a measuring tool — generally a tape or laser measuring device. As they move around the home, they observe the layout of the rooms and other features, like stairs, hallways, and fireplaces. They may sketch the property. Then, the appraiser develops a report and a more detailed floorplan showing the total square footage and the general layout of the home. The finished report is a document that can be used to prove certain details about your property — like the Gross Living Area (GLA) — on tax documentation, property listings, and more.
When is a home measurement or floorplan service required?
Disputing property taxes
Property tax records frequently reflect incorrect square footage because the values can come from many sources, and sometimes go unproven — meaning you may be paying for more space than you own! Unless an appraiser has completed a recent valuation or home measurement service on your property (after any renovation that may have affected square footage), you'll need one to perform a measurement service before disputing what you're taxed. An appraiser will establish an accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes reflect the actual square footage — and you can stop paying more than your property is worth.
Putting a home on the market
A floorplan service can ensure that you're paid a fair price for your house. Square footage is one of the most important elements potential buyers consider when purchasing a house — but since square footage values are often estimated rather than properly measured, your listing may reflect less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it actually has. An inaccurate GLA not only reduces the potential selling price of your property, but possibly even the number of interested buyers. The only sure method of using a definitive GLA when listing your home or property is to refer to a recent appraisal or measurement service performed by a certified appraiser (after any remodeling that may have affected square footage).
For real estate professionals
To ensure that your client's home sells at a price that appropriately 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 assured that the GLA on your client's listing is truly representative of their home. A measurement can also be a wonderful marketing tool to attract potential buyers because they can view the layout and characteristics of the property before and after touring. Get in touch to learn more about our measurement services.