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Home remodels and poor estimates on public records will affect a property's value — and a buyer's interest in it. Let Gregory James Company, Inc. give you an accurate calculation of property dimensions to establish a fair, unbiased value when acquiring a new home, marketing a property to potential clients, or minimizing your property taxes.
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What are floorplan services?
A measurement service is just what it sounds 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 an accurate Gross Living Area (GLA), the total livable area, of your home. These services are helpful and often essential when challenging property taxes or selling a property.
How do measurement services work?
During a home measurement service, a certified appraiser takes measurements of the home with a measuring tool — generally a tape measure or laser measuring device. As they walk the property, they mark the layout of the rooms and other features, like closets, entryways, and fireplaces. They might make a rough sketch of the property. Then, the appraiser types up a report and detailed sketch showing the total square footage of the house and the general layout. The final product is a document that can be used to prove certain details about your property — like the Gross Living Area (GLA) — on tax documents, home listings, and more.
When is a measurement or floorplan service needed?
Real estate taxes
Property tax records frequently reflect the wrong area of a property because the values can come from several sources, and sometimes go unverified — which means you may be paying for more space than you own! Unless a certified appraiser has performed a recent appraisal 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 your actual square footage — and you can stop paying more than your house is worth.
Putting a property up for sale
A floorplan service will ensure that you're paid fair market value for your property. Square footage is one of the biggest factors potential buyers examine when purchasing a home — but since square footage values are frequently approximated rather than accurately measured, your home listing may show less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it can take credit for. An inaccurate GLA could potentially decrease the price of the property as well as the number of potential buyers. The only dependable method of using a precise GLA when listing your home or property is to refer to a recent appraisal or measurement service completed by an appraiser (after any renovation that may have affected square footage).
To ensure that your client's property closes at a price that properly reflects true market value, we suggest requesting a home 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 a true representation of their home. A floorplan can also be a great marketing tool to entice potential buyers because they can see the layout and attributes of the property before and after a walkthrough. Contact Gregory James Company, Inc. today to find out more about our floorplan services.