Need your home measured or a floorplan for your property? Let Gregory James Company, Inc. help.
Our certified appraisers can give you an accurate measurement of your home to determine a fair value when buying or selling a home, reduce property taxes from unreliable estimates, or market to possible clients when selling a property.
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What is a home measurement or floorplan service?
Home measurement services are just what they sound like: Based on what you need, an appraiser will measure the house's dimensions and area, then draw a basic or highly detailed floorplan. 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 necessary when disputing property taxes or selling a property.
How does a home measurement or floorplan service work?
During a home measurement service, a certified appraiser takes measurements of the home or property with a measuring tool — generally a tape measure or laser measuring device. As they walk the house, they make note of the layout of the rooms and other features, like stairs, hallways, and fireplaces. They might sketch the property. Then, the appraiser writes up a report and detailed sketch showing the total square footage and the overall layout of the home. The finished report is a document that can be used to prove certain details about your property — like the Gross Living Area (GLA) — on tax documentation, home listings, and more.
When is a measurement or floorplan service needed?
Disputing property taxes
Tax records frequently reflect the wrong area of a property because the values can come from many sources, and occasionally go unverified — which means you may be taxed for more square footage than you actually own! Unless an appraiser has executed a recent evaluation or home measurement service on your property (after any updating that may have affected square footage), you'll need one to perform a measurement service before disputing what you're taxed. An appraiser determines an accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes can reflect your actual square footage — and you can stop overpaying.
Selling a listing
A floorplan service can ensure that you're paid a fair price for your property. Area is one of the biggest elements potential buyers consider when purchasing a home — but since square footage values are frequently approximated rather than accurately measured, your property listing may show less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it can take credit for. An inaccurate GLA not only reduces the selling price for your home, but possibly even the number of interested buyers. The only reliable method of using a precise GLA when listing your home is to reference a previous appraisal or measurement service carried out by an appraiser (after any remodeling that may have affected square footage).
To ensure that your client's property closes at a price that correctly reflects true market value, we suggest asking for a home measurement of the property. Clients, and potential buyers, will appreciate your thoroughness, and you can be assured that the GLA on your client's listing is truly representative of their home. A floorplan can also be an excellent marketing tool to entice potential buyers because they can view the layout and attributes of the house before and after touring. Contact Gregory James Company, Inc. to learn more about our home measurement and floorplan services.