In need of measurement services? Let Gregory James Company, Inc. help.
Our certified appraisers will give you an accurate measurement of your property's dimensions to establish a fair value when buying or selling a home, reduce property taxes from unreliable public records, or market to possible clients when selling real estate.
Let Gregory James Company, Inc. be your choice for measurement servicesGet a quote now
What is a home measurement or floorplan service?
A home measurement service is just what it sounds like: An appraiser measures the dimensions and square footage of the property, then draws a basic or highly detailed floorplan based on your needs. The appraiser's report and floorplan is a document 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 does a measurement service work?
During a measurement service, an appraiser takes measurements of your property with a measuring tool — either a tape measure or laser measuring device. As they tour the house, they notate the layout of the rooms and other features, like stairs, entryways, and pantries. They might draw a rough sketch of the property. Then, the appraiser develops a report and a more detailed sketch showing the total square footage and the general layout of the house. 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 are measurement services needed?
Real estate taxes
Tax records frequently reflect inaccurate area of a property because the values can come from various sources, and occasionally go unproven — which means you may be paying for more square footage than you have! Unless a certified appraiser has performed a recent valuation or home measurement service on your property (after any updating that may have affected square footage), you'll need an appraiser to perform a measurement service before attempting to challenge 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.
Marketing a home or property
A measuring service will secure a fair price for your property. Area is one of the biggest factors potential buyers consider when purchasing a house — but since these values are frequently estimated rather than accurately measured, your property listing may show less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it can take credit for. An inaccurate GLA could potentially reduce the selling price of the property as well as the number of interested buyers. The only sure method of using an accurate GLA when listing your property is to refer to a recent appraisal or measurement service completed by an appraiser (after any renovation that may have affected square footage).
For real estate agents
To make certain that your client's property closes at a price that properly reflects true market value, we recommend requesting a floorplan service for the property. Your clients, and potential buyers, will be grateful for your scrupulousness, and you can rest assured knowing the GLA on your client's listing is truly representative of their home. A measurement can also be a great marketing tool for getting potential buyers interested since they can review the layout and attributes of the house before and after touring. Contact Gregory James Company, Inc. today to find out more about our home measurement and floorplan services.