Needing a property measured? Let Gregory James Company, Inc. help.
Our certified appraisers will provide you with an accurate floorplan of your property to establish a fair value when buying or selling a home, reduce property taxes from incorrect estimates, or market to potential buyers when selling real estate.
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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 square footage of your property, then draws a basic or highly detailed floorplan based on your needs. The appraiser's report and floorplan is a form that can be used to prove the precise Gross Living Area (GLA), the total livable space, of your home. These services are helpful and often essential when challenging property taxes or selling a property.
How do home measurement services work?
During a floorplan service, an appraiser measures the property with a measuring tool — generally a tape 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 may sketch out the property. Then, the appraiser creates a report and a more detailed floorplan showing the total area of the home 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 documents, property listings, and more.
When should I get a floorplan service?
Challenging real estate taxes
Tax records often reflect the wrong square footage because the values can come from many sources, and sometimes go unverified — meaning you may be paying for more square footage than you actually own! Unless a certified appraiser has recently performed an evaluation on your property (after any updating that might have affected square footage), you'll need one to perform a home measurement service before disputing your taxes. An appraiser will determine the 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.
Putting your home up for sale
A home measurement service will secure a fair price for your home. Area is one of the biggest elements potential buyers examine when purchasing a home — but since square footage values are frequently estimated rather than properly measured, your listing might reflect less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it actually has. An inaccurate GLA could potentially reduce the price of the property as well as the number of interested buyers. The only sure method of using an accurate GLA when listing your home is to reference a previous appraisal or measurement service completed by an appraiser (after any remodeling that may have affected square footage).
For real estate agents
To make certain that your client's home closes at a price that accurately reflects market value, we recommend seeking a home measurement of the property. Your clients, and especially potential buyers, will be grateful for your attentiveness, and you can be certain that the GLA on your client's listing is truly representative of their home. A measurement can also be a wonderful marketing tactic for getting potential buyers interested because they can view the layout and characteristics of the property before and after a walkthrough. Get in touch to find out more about our floorplan services.