In need of measurement services? Let A.M. Appraisal help.
Our certified appraisers can provide you with an accurate floorplan of your home to establish a fair value when buying or selling a home, reduce property taxes as a result of unreliable estimates, or market to potential clients when selling a property.
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What are measurement services?
Measurement services are just what they sound like: An appraiser measures the dimensions and area of a property, then draws a basic or highly detailed floorplan based on your requirements. The appraiser's report and floorplan is a document that can be used to prove the accurate Gross Living Area (GLA), the total livable space, of your home. These services are helpful and often essential when challenging property taxes or selling a property.
How does a measurement service work?
During a home measurement or floorplan service, a certified appraiser takes measurements of the home or property with a measuring tool — either a tape or laser measuring device. As they move around the home, they mark the layout of the rooms and other features, like stairs, hallways, and fireplaces. They might sketch out the property. Then, the appraiser types up a report and detailed floorplan 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 do I need a floorplan service?
Real estate taxes
Tax records frequently reflect the wrong area of a property because the values can come from several sources, and occasionally go unproven — meaning you may be taxed for more space than you actually own! Unless an appraiser has recently completed a valuation on your property (after any renovation that may have affected square footage), you'll need an appraiser to perform a home measurement service before challenging what you're taxed. An appraiser will determine 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 property is worth.
Selling a listing
A home floorplan service will ensure that you're paid fair market value for your home. Living space is one of the biggest elements potential buyers look for when purchasing a house — but since square footage values are frequently estimated rather than accurately measured, your home listing may show less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it can take credit for. An inaccurate GLA not only decreases the potential selling price for your property, but possibly even the amount of interested buyers. The only reliable method of using an accurate GLA when listing your home is to reference a recent appraisal or home measurement service carried out by an appraiser (after any renovation that might have affected square footage).
To ensure that your client's property sells at a price that properly reflects market value, we recommend requesting a measurement of the property. Your clients, and potential buyers, will appreciate your scrupulousness, and you can be assured that the GLA on your client's listing is truly representative of their home. A floorplan can also be an excellent marketing tactic for getting potential buyers interested since they can view the layout and characteristics of the home before and after touring. Contact A.M. Appraisal today to learn more about our floorplan services.
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