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Home remodels and poor valuations on public records can affect a property's value — and a potential buyer's interest in it. Let us give you an accurate estimation of property area to establish a fair, unbiased value when purchasing a new home, selling to potential clients, or reducing property taxes.
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What is a measurement or floorplan service?
Home measurement services are just what they sound like: Based on what you need, an appraiser will measure your property's dimensions and area, then draw a basic or highly detailed layout. The appraiser's report and floorplan is a document that can be used to prove a precise Gross Living Area (GLA), the total livable area, of your home. These services are useful 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, a certified appraiser measures your home or property with a measuring tool — either a tape or laser measuring device. As they move around the property, they observe the layout of the rooms and other features, like closets, entryways, and fireplaces. They may make a rough sketch of the property. Then, the appraiser writes up a report and detailed floorplan showing the total square footage of the home and the overall layout. The resulting report 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 is a home measurement or floorplan service necessary?
Real estate taxes
Tax records frequently reflect incorrect area of a property because the values can come from many sources, and occasionally go unverified — meaning you may be paying for more square footage than you actually own! Unless a certified appraiser has performed a recent valuation or measurement service on your property (after any remodeling that might have affected square footage), you'll need one to perform a home measurement service before disputing what you're taxed. An appraiser will establish an accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes can reflect the actual square footage — and you can stop paying more than your house is worth.
Selling a listing
A floorplan service can secure a fair price for your home. Area is one of the most important elements potential buyers look for when purchasing a house — but since these values are often estimated rather than accurately measured, your listing might reflect less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it can take credit for. An inaccurate GLA could potentially decrease the selling price of the home as well as the number of potential buyers. The only reliable method of using a precise GLA when listing your property is to reference a previous appraisal or home measurement service completed by an appraiser (after any remodeling that might have affected square footage).
For real estate agents
To make certain that your client's home closes at a price that appropriately reflects true market value, we suggest seeking a floorplan service for the property. Your clients, and potential buyers, will appreciate your thoroughness, and you can be certain that the GLA on your client's listing is truly representative of their home. A floorplan can also be a great marketing tool for enticing potential buyers because they can view the layout and features of the home before and after touring. Contact us to learn more about our home measurement and floorplan services.