Needing a home measured? Let A.M. Appraisal help.
Home remodeling and poor estimates on public records can affect a property's price — and its attractiveness to potential buyers. Let A.M. Appraisal give you an accurate calculation of property size to establish a fair, unbiased value when purchasing a property, marketing a property to potential clients, or reducing property taxes.
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What are measurement services?
A home measurement service is just what it sounds like: An appraiser measures the dimensions and square footage of a property, then draws a basic or highly detailed floorplan based on your needs. The appraiser's report and floorplan is a form that can be used to prove the precise Gross Living Area (GLA), the total livable area, of your home. These services are helpful and sometimes necessary when challenging property taxes or selling a property.
How does a floorplan service work?
During a home measurement or floorplan service, an appraiser takes measurements of the property with a measuring tool — generally a tape measure or laser measuring device. As they tour the house, they note the layout of the rooms and other features, like closets, hallways, and fireplaces. They might sketch the property. Then, the appraiser creates a report and detailed floorplan showing the total area and the general 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 documents, property listings, and more.
When are floorplan services necessary?
Challenging property taxes
Property tax records frequently reflect inaccurate area of a property because the values can come from various sources, and sometimes go unverified — meaning you may be paying for more space than you have! Unless a certified appraiser has completed a recent evaluation or measurement service on your property (after any remodeling that might have affected square footage), you'll need an appraiser to perform a measurement service before attempting to challenge what you're taxed. An appraiser assesses an accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes reflect your actual square footage — and you can stop paying more than your property is worth.
Selling a property
A floorplan service will ensure that you're paid a fair price for your home. Living space is one of the biggest elements potential buyers consider when purchasing a house — but since square footage values are frequently estimated rather than accurately measured, your home listing might reflect less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it can take credit for. An inaccurate GLA not only decreases the selling price of your property, but possibly even the number of interested buyers. The only dependable method of using a precise GLA when listing your property is to reference a previous appraisal or measurement service completed by a certified appraiser (after any renovation that may have affected square footage).
Material for real estate agents
To make certain that your client's property sells at a price that appropriately reflects true market value, we advise requesting a measurement of the property. Your clients, and potential buyers, will appreciate your scrupulousness, and you can rest assured knowing the GLA on your client's listing is truly representative of their home. A measurement can also be a fantastic marketing tactic for enticing potential buyers since they can review the layout and attributes of the home before and after a tour. Contact A.M. Appraisal to find out more about our floorplan services.
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