In need of measurement services? Let Gregory James Company, Inc. help.
Our certified appraisers will give you an accurate measurement of your property's dimensions to determine a fair value when buying or selling a home, cut down property taxes from incorrect public records, or market to possible clients when selling a property.
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What is a home measurement or floorplan service?
A home measurement service is just what it sounds like: Based on what you need, an appraiser will measure the home's dimensions and area, then draw a basic or highly detailed floorplan. 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 space, of your home. These services are useful and often essential when challenging property taxes or selling a property.
How does a measurement service work?
During a floorplan service, an appraiser measures the home with a measuring tool — generally a tape or laser measuring device. As they tour the property, they note the layout of the rooms and other features, like closets, patios, and pantries. They might sketch the property. Then, the appraiser writes up a report and a more detailed sketch showing the total living area and the general layout of the home. The result is a document that can be used to prove certain details about your property — like the Gross Living Area (GLA) — on tax documents, property listings, and more.
When do I need a measurement service?
Disputing property taxes
Property tax records often reflect inaccurate area of a property because the values can come from many sources, and sometimes go unproven — meaning you may be paying for more square footage than you own! Unless a certified appraiser has executed a recent evaluation or home measurement service on your property (after any remodeling that may have affected square footage), you'll need an appraiser to perform a measurement service before attempting to challenge your taxes. An appraiser will verify the accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes can reflect the actual square footage — and you can stop overpaying.
Marketing a listing
A floorplan service can secure fair market value for your house. Area is one of the biggest factors potential buyers examine when purchasing a house — but since square footage values are often approximated rather than accurately measured, your listing might reflect less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it actually has. An inaccurate GLA could potentially decrease the price of the home as well as the number of interested buyers. The only reliable method of using a precise GLA when listing your home is to reference a previous appraisal or home measurement service completed by an appraiser (after any updating that may have affected square footage).
Information for real estate agents
To make sure that your client's property sells at a price that properly reflects true market value, we advise seeking a measurement of the property. Clients, and especially potential buyers, will appreciate your scrupulousness, and you can be assured that the GLA on your client's listing is truly representative of their home. A floorplan can also be an excellent marketing tool for getting potential buyers interested since they can review the layout and details of the home before and after touring. Contact us today to find out more about our floorplan services.