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 due to unreliable public records, or market to potential clients when selling a property.
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What is a measurement or floorplan service?
Measurement services are just what they sound like: An appraiser measures the dimensions and square footage of a property, then draws a basic or highly detailed floorplan based on what you need. The appraiser's report and floorplan is a document that can be used to prove a precise Gross Living Area (GLA), the sum of all livable area, of your home. These services are useful and often essential when disputing property taxes or selling a property.
How do home measurement services work?
During a measurement or floorplan service, an appraiser measures the home or property with a measuring tool — generally a tape measure or laser measuring device. As they tour the home, they notate the layout of the rooms and other features, like closets, entryways, and fireplaces. They may make a rough sketch of the property. Then, the appraiser writes up a report and a more detailed floorplan showing the total living area of the home and the general layout. The finished product is a document that can be used to prove certain details about your property — like the Gross Living Area (GLA) — on tax documents, home listings, and more.
When do I need a measurement service?
Real estate taxes
Tax records often reflect incorrect square footage because the values can come from several sources, and sometimes go unverified — meaning you may be paying for more square footage than you actually have! Unless a certified appraiser has recently completed an evaluation on your property (after any updating that might have affected square footage), you'll need an appraiser to perform a home measurement service before challenging your taxes. An appraiser verifies the accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes can reflect your actual square footage — and you can stop overpaying.
Putting a home up for sale
A home measurement service will secure fair market value for your property. Living space is one of the most important elements potential buyers consider when purchasing a house — but since these values are often approximated rather than accurately measured, your home listing may reflect less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it can take credit for. An inaccurate GLA not only reduces the selling price for your home, 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 previous appraisal or home measurement service carried out by an appraiser (after any remodeling that might have affected square footage).
Information for agents
To make certain that your client's home closes at a price that appropriately reflects market value, we suggest requesting a measurement of the property. Clients, and potential buyers, will be grateful for your attention to detail, and you can be assured that the GLA on your client's listing is a true representation of their home. A floorplan can also be a wonderful marketing tactic for getting potential buyers interested because they can review the layout and features of the house before and after touring. Contact A.M. Appraisal today to find out more about our measurement services.
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