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In need of measurement services? Let Gregory James Company, Inc. help.

Home remodels and inaccurate valuations on public records can affect a property's price — and a buyer's interest in it. Let Gregory James Company, Inc. give you an accurate evaluation of property size to establish a fair, unbiased value when acquiring a new property, selling to potential clients, or minimizing your property taxes.

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What are measurement services?

Measurement services are just what they sound like: Based on what you need, an appraiser will measure your house's dimensions and square footage, then draw a basic or highly detailed floorplan. The appraiser's report and floorplan is a document that can be used to prove the accurate Gross Living Area (GLA), the total livable area, of your home. These services are helpful and sometimes essential when challenging property taxes or selling a property.

How does a floorplan service work?

During a floorplan service, a certified appraiser takes measurements of the property with a measuring tool — generally a tape or laser measuring device. As they walk the property, they notate the layout of the rooms and other features, like stairs, entryways, and pantries. They may sketch the property. Then, the appraiser writes up a report and a more detailed sketch showing the total square footage and the general layout of the house. The completed 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 needed?

Challenging property taxes

Property tax records frequently reflect inaccurate area of a property because the values can come from various sources, and occasionally go unverified — meaning you may be paying for more space than you actually own! Unless an appraiser has performed a recent evaluation or measurement service on your property (after any renovation that might have affected square footage), you'll need an appraiser to perform a measurement service before attempting to dispute your taxes. An appraiser will determine an accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes reflect your actual square footage — and you can stop overpaying.

Selling a listing

A home measurement service will secure a fair price for your house. Square footage is one of the biggest elements potential buyers consider when purchasing a home — but since square footage values are often estimated rather than properly measured, your property listing might show less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it can take credit for. An inaccurate GLA not only decreases the selling price of your home, but possibly even the number of interested buyers. The only sure method of using an accurate GLA when listing your home is to refer to a recent appraisal or measurement service performed by an appraiser (after any updating that might have affected square footage).

For agents

To ensure that your client's home closes at a price that appropriately reflects market value, we advise requesting a floorplan service for the property. Clients, and especially potential buyers, will be grateful for your scrupulousness, and you can be certain that the GLA on your client's listing is a true representation of their home. A measurement can also be a fantastic marketing tactic for getting potential buyers interested since they can review the layout and attributes of the property before and after a showing. Contact us to learn more about our floorplan services.