Needing your home measured? Let Gregory James Company, Inc. help.
Our certified appraisers will give you an accurate floorplan of your home to establish a fair value when buying or selling a home, cut down property taxes as a result of incorrect public records, or market to possible buyers when selling a property.
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What is a measurement or floorplan service?
Measurement services are just what they sound like: An appraiser measures the dimensions and square footage of your property, then draws a basic or highly detailed floorplan based on what you need. The appraiser's report and floorplan is a form that can be used to prove the precise Gross Living Area (GLA), the total livable space, of your home. These services are helpful and sometimes necessary when challenging property taxes or selling a property.
How does a home measurement or floorplan service work?
During a measurement or floorplan service, an appraiser measures your property with a measuring tool — either a tape 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 may sketch out the property. Then, the appraiser creates 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 should I get a floorplan service?
Disputing real estate taxes
Property tax records often reflect incorrect area of a property because the values can come from several sources, and occasionally go unverified — meaning you may be paying for more space than you have! Unless an appraiser has performed a recent valuation or measurement service on your property (after any remodeling that may have affected square footage), you'll need one to perform a home measurement service before attempting to challenge your taxes. An appraiser determines the accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes can reflect your actual square footage — and you can stop paying more than your property is worth.
Selling your home
A measuring service can ensure that you're paid fair market value for your house. Living space is one of the most important factors potential buyers consider when purchasing a house — but since square footage values are often approximated rather than properly measured, your home listing may reflect less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it actually has. An inaccurate GLA could potentially reduce the selling price of the property as well as the number of potential buyers. The only reliable method of using a precise GLA when listing your home or property is to reference a previous appraisal or home measurement service performed by a certified appraiser (after any updating that may have affected square footage).
Material for real estate professionals
To make certain that your client's property closes at a price that properly reflects market value, we advise asking for a measurement of the property. Clients, and potential buyers, will appreciate your eye for detail, and you can be certain that the GLA on your client's listing is a true representation of their home. A floorplan can also be an excellent marketing tactic for enticing potential buyers since they can see the layout and attributes of the house before and after a tour. Contact us today to find out more about our measurement services.