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Our certified appraisers will provide you with an accurate measurement of your property's dimensions to assist in determining a fair value when buying or selling a home, cut down property taxes due to inaccurate public records, or market to possible buyers when selling real estate.
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What are measurement services?
Home measurement services are just what they sound like: Based on your needs, 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 form that can be used to prove an accurate Gross Living Area (GLA), the sum of all livable area, of your home. These services are helpful and often essential when disputing property taxes or selling a property.
How do home measurement services work?
During a measurement service, a certified appraiser measures your property with a measuring tool — generally 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 pantries. They may sketch out the property. Then, the appraiser types up a report and a more detailed sketch showing the total living area of the house and the general layout. The result 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 necessary?
Disputing property taxes
Tax records frequently reflect inaccurate square footage because the values can come from many sources, and sometimes go unproven — which means you may be paying for more space than you actually own! Unless an appraiser has recently executed an evaluation on your property (after any renovation that might have affected square footage), you'll need an appraiser to perform a home measurement service before contesting your taxes. An appraiser verifies an accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes reflect the actual square footage — and you can stop overpaying.
Selling a home or property
A floorplan service will secure fair market value for your home. Square footage is one of the most important factors potential buyers consider when purchasing a home — but since square footage values are often estimated rather than properly measured, your property listing may show less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it can take credit for. An inaccurate GLA not only decreases the selling price for your property, but possibly even the amount of interested buyers. The only reliable method of using a precise GLA when listing your home is to refer to a recent appraisal or measurement service performed by a certified appraiser (after any updating that might have affected square footage).
Information for real estate agents
To ensure that your client's home closes at a price that accurately reflects market value, we suggest seeking a floorplan service for the property. Clients, and potential buyers, will appreciate your thoroughness, and you can rest assured knowing the GLA on your client's listing is a true representation of their home. A measurement can also be a wonderful marketing tool for attracting potential buyers because they can view the layout and features of the house before and after a tour. Contact us today to find out more about our measurement services.