Need your home measured or a floorplan for your property? Let Gregory James Company, Inc. help.
Our certified appraisers can give you an accurate floorplan of your home to determine a fair value when buying or selling a home, cut property taxes due to incorrect public records, or market to possible buyers when selling real estate.
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What is a measurement or floorplan service?
Home measurement services are just what they sound like: An appraiser measures the dimensions and square footage of a property, then draws a basic or highly detailed layout based on what you need. The appraiser's report and floorplan is a document that can be used to prove an accurate Gross Living Area (GLA), the sum of all livable space, of your home. These services are helpful and sometimes essential when challenging property taxes or selling a property.
How does a home measurement or floorplan service work?
During a floorplan service, a certified appraiser takes measurements of your property with a measuring tool — generally a tape measure or laser measuring device. As they move around the house, they notate the layout of the rooms and other features, like closets, hallways, and fireplaces. They might sketch out the property. Then, the appraiser creates a report and a more detailed sketch showing the total square footage and the general layout of the house. 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 documentation, property listings, and more.
When are floorplan services necessary?
Disputing real estate taxes
Tax records frequently reflect the wrong area of a property because the values can come from several sources, and sometimes go unproven — meaning you may be taxed for more space than you actually have! Unless a certified appraiser has recently executed an evaluation on your property (after any renovation that may have affected square footage), you'll need an appraiser to perform a home measurement service before contesting your taxes. An appraiser assesses 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 house is worth.
Putting a home up for sale
A home floorplan service will secure a fair price for your home. Living space is one of the most important factors potential buyers examine when purchasing a house — but since square footage values are often estimated rather than accurately measured, your listing may show 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 potential buyers. The only sure method of using a definitive GLA when listing your property is to refer to a previous appraisal or measurement service completed by a certified appraiser (after any updating that may have affected square footage).
For real estate professionals
To make sure that your client's home closes at a price that correctly reflects true market value, we recommend seeking a home measurement of the property. Your clients, and especially potential buyers, will be grateful for your attentiveness, and you can rest assured knowing the GLA on your client's listing is a true representation of their home. A floorplan can also be a wonderful marketing tool for getting potential buyers interested because they can review the layout and details of the home before and after touring. Get in touch to learn more about our floorplan services.