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Our certified appraisers can give you an accurate floorplan of your home to help you establish a fair value when buying or selling a home, cut property taxes from inaccurate estimates, or market to potential clients when selling a property.
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What is a measurement or floorplan service?
Home measurement services are just what they sound like: An appraiser measures the dimensions and area of a 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 sum of all livable area, of your home. These services are helpful and sometimes essential when challenging property taxes or selling a property.
How does a home measurement or floorplan service work?
During a home measurement service, an appraiser measures your home with a measuring tool — generally a tape or laser measuring device. As they tour the house, they make note of the layout of the rooms and other features, like closets, patios, and pantries. They might sketch the property. Then, the appraiser creates a report and detailed floorplan 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 documentation, home listings, and more.
When are measurement services necessary?
Property tax records frequently reflect the wrong area of a property because the values can come from various sources, and sometimes go unproven — which means you may be taxed for more square footage than you actually have! Unless an appraiser has completed a recent appraisal or measurement service on your property (after any remodeling that might have affected square footage), you'll need an appraiser to perform a measurement service before disputing what you're taxed. An appraiser will verify 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 property is worth.
Selling your home
A measurement service can ensure that you're paid a fair price for your property. Living space is one of the most important factors potential buyers consider when purchasing a home — but since square footage values are often estimated rather than properly measured, your listing might show less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it actually has. An inaccurate GLA could potentially decrease the price of the property as well as the number of interested buyers. The only dependable method of using a precise GLA when listing your property is to refer to a previous appraisal or home measurement service executed by a certified appraiser (after any renovation that might have affected square footage).
Information for real estate agents
To ensure that your client's home closes at a price that appropriately reflects true market value, we suggest requesting a home measurement of the property. Clients, and especially potential buyers, will appreciate your attentiveness, and you can be confident in knowing the GLA on your client's listing is truly representative of their home. A floorplan can also be a wonderful marketing tactic for getting potential buyers interested since they can review the layout and attributes of the home before and after a walkthrough. Contact us to find out more about our home measurement and floorplan services.