Need your home measured or a floorplan for your property? Let Gregory James Company, Inc. help.
Our certified appraisers can provide you with an accurate measurement of your property's dimensions to assist in determining a fair value when buying or selling a home, reduce property taxes from incorrect public records, or market to potential buyers 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: An appraiser measures the dimensions and area of the property, then draws a basic or highly detailed layout 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 useful and often necessary when challenging property taxes or selling a property.
How does a home measurement or floorplan service work?
During a measurement service, a certified appraiser takes measurements of your home or property with a measuring tool — either a tape measure or laser measuring device. As they move around the home, they observe the layout of the rooms and other features, like closets, patios, and pantries. They might make a rough sketch of the property. Then, the appraiser creates a report and detailed floorplan showing the total square footage of the home and the overall layout. The final product is a document that can be used to prove certain specs of your property — like the Gross Living Area (GLA) — on tax documents, home listings, and more.
When are floorplan services required?
Property tax records frequently reflect incorrect area of a property because the values can come from various sources, and occasionally go unverified — meaning you may be taxed for more square footage than you actually have! Unless an appraiser has recently completed an evaluation 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 challenge what you're taxed. An appraiser assesses the accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes reflect the actual square footage — and you can stop overpaying.
Selling a listing
A measuring service will ensure that you're paid a fair price for your house. Living space is one of the biggest factors potential buyers examine when purchasing a house — but since square footage values are often estimated rather than accurately measured, your listing might show less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it can take credit for. An inaccurate GLA could potentially decrease the selling price of the property as well as the number of potential buyers. The only reliable method of using an accurate GLA when listing your home is to reference a recent appraisal or measurement service carried out by a certified appraiser (after any updating that might have affected square footage).
Material for agents
To make certain that your client's home closes at a price that appropriately reflects market value, we recommend requesting a home measurement of the property. Clients, and especially potential buyers, will appreciate your attention to detail, and you can be assured that the GLA on your client's listing is truly representative of their home. A measurement can also be an excellent marketing tool to entice potential buyers because they can view the layout and features of the property before and after a tour. Contact us today to find out more about our measurement services.