In need of measurement services? Let Davidson & Associates help.
Our certified appraisers can provide you with an accurate measurement or floorplan of your home's dimensions to help you determine a fair value when buying or selling a home, reduce property taxes due to inaccurate estimates, or market to potential clients when selling a property.
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What is a home measurement or floorplan service?
Home measurement services are just what they sound like: Based on your requirements, an appraiser will measure the house's dimensions and square footage, then draw a basic or highly detailed floorplan. The appraiser's report and floorplan is a document that can be used to prove the precise Gross Living Area (GLA), the total livable space, of your home. These services are useful and sometimes necessary when disputing property taxes or selling a property.
How does a measurement service work?
During a floorplan service, an appraiser takes measurements of the home with a measuring tool — generally a tape measure or laser measuring device. As they walk the house, they note the layout of the rooms and other features, like closets, hallways, and fireplaces. They may sketch the property. Then, the appraiser develops a report and a more detailed sketch showing the total area and the general layout of the home. The result is a document that can be used to prove certain specs of your property — like the Gross Living Area (GLA) — on tax documentation, property listings, and more.
When is a home measurement or floorplan service needed?
Property tax records frequently reflect inaccurate 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 have! Unless a certified appraiser has recently performed an evaluation on your property (after any renovation that might have affected square footage), you'll need one to perform a home measurement service before contesting your taxes. An appraiser assesses 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.
Selling a home or property
A home measurement service can ensure that you're paid fair market value for your home. Area is one of the most important factors potential buyers examine when purchasing a house — but since square footage values are often approximated rather than accurately measured, your property listing might reflect less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it actually has. An inaccurate GLA could potentially decrease the selling price of the home as well as the number of interested buyers. The only reliable method of using a definitive GLA when listing your property is to refer to a previous appraisal or home measurement service performed by a certified appraiser (after any updating that might have affected square footage).
To ensure that your client's home closes at a price that properly reflects true market value, we advise seeking a home measurement of the property. Your clients, and especially potential buyers, will appreciate your scrupulousness, and you can be confident in knowing the GLA on your client's listing is a true representation of their home. A measurement can also be a great marketing tool for getting potential buyers interested since they can review the layout and attributes of the property before and after a showing. Contact us today to find out more about our floorplan services.
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