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Our certified appraisers will provide you with an accurate measurement or floorplan of your property to help you establish a fair value when buying or selling a home, cut down property taxes from incorrect estimates, or market to potential clients when selling a property.
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What is a home measurement or floorplan service?
A floorplan service is just what it sounds like: Based on your needs, an appraiser will measure the home's dimensions and square footage, then draw a basic or highly detailed layout. 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 space, of your home. These services are helpful and sometimes necessary when disputing property taxes or selling a property.
How does a home measurement service work?
During a measurement service, a certified appraiser measures the home with a measuring tool — generally a tape measure or laser measuring device. As they move around the property, they notate the layout of the rooms and other features, like stairs, patios, and fireplaces. They may sketch the property. Then, the appraiser types up a report and detailed sketch showing the total square footage of the house and the general layout. The resulting report 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 should I get a measurement service?
Real estate taxes
Property tax records often reflect incorrect square footage because the values can come from various sources, and occasionally go unproven — which means you may be taxed for more space than you have! Unless a certified appraiser has completed a recent evaluation or home measurement service on your property (after any renovation that may have affected square footage), you'll need an appraiser to perform a home measurement service before contesting your taxes. An appraiser will establish an accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes can reflect your actual square footage — and you can stop paying more than your house is worth.
Putting a property up for sale
A home measurement service can ensure that you're paid fair market value for your house. Square footage is one of the biggest factors potential buyers consider when purchasing a house — but since these values are frequently approximated rather than accurately measured, your listing might reflect less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it actually has. An inaccurate GLA not only reduces the potential selling price for your property, but possibly even the amount of interested buyers. The only sure method of using a precise GLA when listing your home or property is to reference a recent appraisal or measurement service executed by a certified appraiser (after any remodeling that may have affected square footage).
To ensure that your client's property closes at a price that accurately reflects true market value, we recommend asking for a measurement of the property. Your clients, and especially potential buyers, will be grateful for your scrupulousness, and you can be confident in knowing the GLA on your client's listing is a true representation of their home. A floorplan can also be a fantastic marketing tool for getting potential buyers interested since they can review the layout and attributes of the property before and after touring. Get in touch with us to find out more about our home measurement and floorplan services.