In need of floorplan services? Let Gregory James Company, Inc. help.
Our certified appraisers will give you an accurate floorplan of your property's dimensions to assist in determining a fair value when buying or selling a home, lower property taxes due to inaccurate public records, or market to possible clients when selling a property.
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What are home measurement services?
A floorplan 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 a precise Gross Living Area (GLA), the sum of all livable area, of your home. These services are helpful and often necessary when disputing property taxes or selling a property.
How does a home measurement or floorplan service work?
During a home measurement or floorplan service, an appraiser takes measurements of the home or property with a measuring tool — either a tape or laser measuring device. As they tour the home, they observe the layout of the rooms and other features, like closets, hallways, and fireplaces. They might draw a rough sketch of the property. Then, the appraiser writes up a report and detailed sketch showing the total living area and the overall layout of the house. The finished product 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 is a measurement or floorplan service needed?
Disputing real estate taxes
Tax records frequently reflect inaccurate area of a property because the values can come from several sources, and occasionally go unverified — which means you may be paying for more square footage than you actually own! Unless an appraiser has completed a recent appraisal or home measurement service on your property (after any renovation that may have affected square footage), you'll need an appraiser to perform a measurement service before challenging what you're taxed. An appraiser assesses an accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes reflect the actual square footage — and you can stop paying more than your property is worth.
Marketing a listing
A measurement service will ensure that you're paid a fair price for your house. Square footage is one of the biggest elements potential buyers examine when purchasing a house — but since these values are often estimated rather than accurately measured, your home listing might reflect less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it can take credit for. An inaccurate GLA could potentially reduce the selling price of your property as well as the number of interested buyers. The only reliable method of using a definitive GLA when listing your property is to refer to a recent appraisal or measurement service performed by an appraiser (after any updating that may have affected square footage).
Information for real estate agents
To ensure that your client's home sells at a price that appropriately reflects market value, we advise requesting a floorplan service for the property. Your clients, and especially potential buyers, will be grateful for 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 a fantastic marketing tactic to entice potential buyers because they can view the layout and features of the house before and after a tour. Contact us today to find out more about our measurement services.