Need your home measured or a floorplan for your property? Let A.M. Appraisal help.
Home remodels and inaccurate valuations on public records can affect a property's price — and its attractiveness to potential buyers. Let us give you an accurate measurement of property area to determine a fair, unbiased value when acquiring a new property, selling to potential clients, or minimizing your property taxes.
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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 layout based on what you need. The appraiser's report and floorplan is a form that can be used to prove a precise Gross Living Area (GLA), the sum of all livable space, of your home. These services are helpful and sometimes necessary when challenging property taxes or selling a property.
How does a measurement service work?
During a measurement or floorplan service, a certified appraiser takes measurements of your home with a measuring tool — generally a tape measure or laser measuring device. As they tour the property, they observe the layout of the rooms and other features, like stairs, patios, and fireplaces. They may make a rough sketch of the property. Then, the appraiser creates a report and detailed floorplan showing the total living area and the overall layout of the home. The final 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 are floorplan services needed?
Challenging real estate taxes
Property tax records frequently reflect the wrong area of a property because the values can come from many sources, and sometimes go unproven — which means you may be taxed for more square footage than you have! Unless an appraiser has executed a recent appraisal or measurement service on your property (after any renovation that might have affected square footage), you'll need an appraiser to perform a measurement service before challenging your taxes. An appraiser determines 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.
Selling a property
A home floorplan service can ensure that you're paid fair market value for your house. Area is one of the biggest elements potential buyers look for when purchasing a home — but since square footage values are frequently approximated rather than accurately measured, your home listing may reflect less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it actually has. An inaccurate GLA not only decreases the selling price for your property, but possibly even the number of interested buyers. The only sure method of using a precise GLA when listing your home or property is to reference a recent appraisal or measurement service executed by a certified appraiser (after any remodeling that may have affected square footage).
Material for real estate agents
To ensure that your client's property sells at a price that properly reflects market value, we suggest asking for a measurement of the property. Clients, and especially potential buyers, will appreciate your thoroughness, 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 tool to entice potential buyers since they can see the layout and details of the house before and after touring. Contact us to learn more about our floorplan services.
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