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Our certified appraisers will give you an accurate floorplan of your home's dimensions to assist in determining a fair value when buying or selling a home, lower property taxes due to unreliable estimates, or market to potential clients when selling a property.
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What is a measurement or floorplan service?
Floorplan services are just what they sound like: An appraiser measures the dimensions and area of the 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 precise Gross Living Area (GLA), the sum of all livable area, of your home. These services are useful and sometimes necessary when disputing property taxes or selling a property.
How do measurement services work?
During a measurement service, an appraiser takes measurements of the home or property with a measuring tool — either a tape measure or laser measuring device. As they walk the house, they notate the layout of the rooms and other features, like closets, patios, and pantries. They might sketch out the property. Then, the appraiser develops a report and detailed floorplan showing the total square footage and the general layout of the home. 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, property listings, and more.
When is a measurement or floorplan service needed?
Property tax records often reflect the wrong area of a property because the values can come from various sources, and occasionally go unproven — meaning you may be paying for more square footage than you own! Unless a certified appraiser has executed a recent appraisal or home 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 attempting to challenge your taxes. An appraiser will establish an accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes can reflect your actual square footage — and you can stop paying more than your house is worth.
Selling a home or property
A home measurement service can ensure that you're paid a fair price for your property. Area is one of the most important factors potential buyers look for 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 could potentially decrease the selling price of your home as well as the number of potential buyers. The only dependable method of using a precise GLA when listing your home is to reference a previous appraisal or measurement service executed by a certified appraiser (after any updating that may have affected square footage).
Information for real estate agents
To ensure that your client's home closes at a price that accurately reflects market value, we advise asking for a home measurement of the property. Clients, and especially potential buyers, will appreciate your attentiveness, 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 tool for getting potential buyers interested because they can review the layout and features of the house before and after touring. Contact us to find out more about our home measurement and floorplan services.
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