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Home remodels and inaccurate valuations on public records will affect a property's price — and a potential buyer's interest in it. Let our appraisers give you a reliable calculation of property dimensions to determine a fair, unbiased value when purchasing a new property, selling to potential clients, or minimizing your property taxes.
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What is a home measurement or floorplan service?
A floorplan service is just what it sounds like: An appraiser measures the dimensions and square footage 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 an accurate Gross Living Area (GLA), the sum of all livable area, of your home. These services are useful and sometimes essential when challenging property taxes or selling a property.
How do measurement services work?
During a floorplan service, an appraiser measures your home with a measuring tool — either a tape measure or laser measuring device. As they walk the home, they mark the layout of the rooms and other features, like stairs, patios, and fireplaces. They might sketch the property. Then, the appraiser types up a report and a more detailed floorplan showing the total square footage and the general 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 documents, property listings, and more.
When should I get a floorplan service?
Disputing real estate taxes
Property tax records often reflect incorrect area of a property because the values can come from various sources, and occasionally go unproven — which means you may be paying for more square footage than you own! Unless an appraiser has recently completed an evaluation on your property (after any remodeling that may have affected square footage), you'll need one to perform a home measurement service before attempting to challenge your taxes. An appraiser verifies the accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes reflect the actual square footage — and you can stop paying more than your house is worth.
Marketing a home or property
A measurement service can ensure that you're paid a fair price for your property. Area is one of the biggest elements potential buyers consider when purchasing a home — but since these values are frequently approximated rather than properly measured, your listing might reflect less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it can take credit for. An inaccurate GLA not only decreases the potential selling price for your home, but possibly even the amount of interested buyers. The only reliable method of using a definitive GLA when listing your home or property is to reference a previous appraisal or measurement service carried out by a certified appraiser (after any renovation that might have affected square footage).
Information for real estate professionals
To make sure that your client's property sells at a price that properly reflects market value, we advise asking for a home measurement of the property. Your clients, and potential buyers, will appreciate your thoroughness, and you can be certain that the GLA on your client's listing is a true representation of their home. A floorplan can also be a fantastic marketing tactic to attract potential buyers because they can view the layout and characteristics of the house before and after a showing. Get in touch with us to learn more about our home measurement and floorplan services.