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Home remodeling and poor valuations on public records will affect a property's price — and a buyer's interest in it. Let us give you an accurate estimation of property dimensions to determine a fair value when acquiring a home, selling to potential clients, or reducing property taxes.
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What are floorplan services?
Floorplan services are just what they sound like: An appraiser measures the dimensions and area of your property, then draws a basic or highly detailed layout 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 do floorplan services 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 stairs, entryways, and pantries. They may sketch out the property. Then, the appraiser creates a report and detailed sketch showing the total area of the house and the general layout. The finished report 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 are floorplan services required?
Tax records frequently reflect inaccurate square footage because the values can come from many sources, and occasionally go unverified — meaning you may be paying for more space than you own! Unless an appraiser has completed a recent appraisal or home measurement service on your property (after any remodeling that may have affected square footage), you'll need one to perform a measurement service before attempting to dispute your taxes. An appraiser will establish 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 house is worth.
Putting a home up for sale
A home floorplan service can secure fair market value for your home. Living space is one of the most important factors potential buyers consider when purchasing a house — 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 not only reduces the potential selling price for your property, but possibly even the number of interested buyers. The only sure method of using an accurate GLA when listing your home or property is to refer to a previous appraisal or measurement service performed by a certified appraiser (after any updating that may have affected square footage).
To make sure that your client's home sells at a price that appropriately reflects true market value, we advise seeking 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 truly representative of their home. A measurement can also be a fantastic marketing tactic for getting potential buyers interested because they can see the layout and features of the property before and after touring. Contact Gregory James Company, Inc. today to find out more about our home measurement and floorplan services.