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What are home measurement services?
A floorplan service is just what it sounds like: An appraiser measures the dimensions and area of a property, then draws a basic or highly detailed floorplan based on what you need. The appraiser's report and floorplan is a form that can be used to prove an accurate Gross Living Area (GLA), the sum of all livable space, of your home. These services are useful and sometimes essential when disputing property taxes or selling a property.
How does a home measurement service work?
During a home measurement or floorplan service, a certified appraiser takes measurements of the property with a measuring tool — generally a tape measure or laser measuring device. As they walk the home, they notate the layout of the rooms and other features, like stairs, hallways, and fireplaces. They may make a rough sketch of the property. Then, the appraiser creates a report and a more detailed sketch showing the total area of the home and the general layout. 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 are measurement services necessary?
Disputing property taxes
Property tax records often reflect the wrong square footage because the values can come from many sources, and sometimes go unverified — meaning you may be taxed for more square footage than you own! Unless an appraiser has completed a recent appraisal or home measurement service on your property (after any renovation that might have affected square footage), you'll need one to perform a measurement service before attempting to dispute what you're taxed. An appraiser will establish the accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes can reflect the actual square footage — and you can stop paying more than your house is worth.
Selling a property
A home measurement service can ensure that you're paid fair market value for your property. Area is one of the biggest factors potential buyers look for when purchasing a house — but since square footage values are often estimated rather than accurately measured, your listing might show less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it can take credit for. An inaccurate GLA could potentially decrease the selling price of your property as well as the number of interested buyers. The only dependable method of using a definitive GLA when listing your home is to refer to a previous appraisal or home measurement service executed by an appraiser (after any updating that may have affected square footage).
Information for agents
To ensure that your client's property sells at a price that appropriately reflects true market value, we advise asking for a home measurement of the property. Your clients, and especially potential buyers, will appreciate your eye for detail, and you can be assured that the GLA on your client's listing is a true representation of their home. A measurement can also be a wonderful marketing tactic to interest potential buyers because they can review the layout and features of the property before and after touring. Get in touch to learn more about our floorplan services.
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