Needing a property measured? Let Gregory James Company, Inc. help.
Our certified appraisers can provide you with an accurate measurement of your property's dimensions to help you determine a fair value when buying or selling a home, cut down property taxes as a result of incorrect estimates, or market to potential buyers when selling a property.
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What is a measurement or floorplan service?
A home measurement service is just what it sounds like: An appraiser measures the dimensions and area of a property, then draws a basic or highly detailed floorplan based on your requirements. 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 space, of your home. These services are useful and sometimes essential when disputing property taxes or selling a property.
How does a floorplan service work?
During a measurement or floorplan service, a certified appraiser takes measurements of your home or property with a measuring tool — either a tape or laser measuring device. As they move around the home, they make note of the layout of the rooms and other features, like stairs, entryways, and pantries. They might sketch out the property. Then, the appraiser writes up a report and a more detailed sketch showing the total living area of the house and the general layout. The resulting 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 do I need a floorplan service?
Challenging real estate taxes
Tax records frequently reflect the wrong area of a property because the values can come from several sources, and occasionally go unproven — which means you may be taxed for more square footage than you have! Unless an appraiser has executed a recent valuation or home measurement service on your property (after any updating that may have affected square footage), you'll need an appraiser to perform a measurement service before challenging what you're taxed. An appraiser assesses the accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes can reflect your actual square footage — and you can stop overpaying.
Putting your home up for sale
A measurement service will ensure that you're paid a fair price for your property. Area is one of the most important elements potential buyers consider when purchasing a house — but since square footage values are frequently approximated rather than accurately measured, your listing may show less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it actually has. An inaccurate GLA could potentially decrease the selling price of the property as well as the number of potential buyers. The only sure method of using a definitive GLA when listing your home is to reference a recent appraisal or home measurement service executed by a certified appraiser (after any updating that might have affected square footage).
For real estate agents
To ensure that your client's home closes at a price that appropriately reflects market value, we recommend requesting a measurement of 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 a true representation of their home. A measurement can also be a fantastic marketing tactic to interest potential buyers because they can view the layout and attributes of the property before and after touring. Contact us to learn more about our floorplan services.