Need your home measured or a floorplan for your property? Let Gregory James Company, Inc. help.
Home remodeling and inaccurate valuations on public records will affect a property's price — and its attractiveness to potential buyers. Let our appraisers give you an accurate evaluation of property area to establish a fair, unbiased value when acquiring a new property, marketing a property to potential clients, or minimizing your property taxes.
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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 the property, then draws a basic or highly detailed layout based on your requirements. 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 sometimes essential when disputing property taxes or selling a property.
How does a home measurement or floorplan service work?
During a measurement or floorplan service, an appraiser takes measurements of the home with a measuring tool — generally a tape or laser measuring device. As they tour the property, they note the layout of the rooms and other features, like stairs, patios, and pantries. They may sketch the property. Then, the appraiser writes up a report and a more detailed floorplan showing the total square footage and the overall layout of the house. The result is a document that can be used to prove certain details about your property — like the Gross Living Area (GLA) — on tax documentation, home listings, and more.
When should I get a floorplan service?
Property tax records frequently reflect incorrect area of a property because the values can come from several sources, and occasionally go unverified — meaning you may be taxed for more space than you actually own! Unless an appraiser has executed 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 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 overpaying.
Marketing a listing
A home floorplan service can secure fair market value for your home. Area is one of the most important factors potential buyers look for when purchasing a home — but since these values are frequently estimated rather than properly measured, your listing may show less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it can take credit for. An inaccurate GLA not only reduces the 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 is to reference a recent appraisal or home measurement service completed by a certified appraiser (after any remodeling that may have affected square footage).
For real estate professionals
To make certain that your client's home sells at a price that correctly reflects true market value, we suggest asking for a home measurement of the property. Clients, and especially potential buyers, will be grateful for your attention to detail, 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 fantastic marketing tool to attract potential buyers since they can see the layout and details of the home before and after a showing. Get in touch with us to find out more about our measurement services.