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Home remodels and poor estimates on public records can affect a property's value — and its attractiveness to buyers. Let our appraisers give you a reliable evaluation of property area to establish a fair, unbiased value when purchasing a home, marketing a property to potential clients, or reducing your property taxes.
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What are measurement services?
A measurement service is just what it sounds like: Based on what you want, an appraiser will measure your home's dimensions and area, then draw a basic or highly detailed layout. The appraiser's report and floorplan is a document that can be used to prove the precise Gross Living Area (GLA), the total livable area, of your home. These services are helpful and often necessary when challenging property taxes or selling a property.
How does a measurement service work?
During a floorplan service, an appraiser takes measurements of your home or property with a measuring tool — either a tape or laser measuring device. As they move around the house, they make note of the layout of the rooms and other features, like closets, entryways, and pantries. They may draw a rough sketch of the property. Then, the appraiser develops a report and a more detailed sketch showing the total square footage and the general layout of the house. The result 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 is a home measurement or floorplan service necessary?
Challenging property taxes
Tax records frequently reflect the wrong area of a property because the values can come from various sources, and occasionally go unverified — which means you may be taxed for more square footage than you own! Unless an appraiser has recently performed an evaluation on your property (after any renovation that may have affected square footage), you'll need one to perform a measurement service before attempting to challenge what you're taxed. An appraiser will verify the accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes reflect your actual square footage — and you can stop overpaying.
Selling a property
A home measurement service will secure a fair price for your house. Square footage is one of the biggest factors potential buyers examine when purchasing a home — but since square footage values are frequently approximated rather than properly measured, your property listing might show less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it can take credit for. An inaccurate GLA not only decreases the selling price of your home, but possibly even the number of interested buyers. The only sure method of using a definitive GLA when listing your property is to reference a previous appraisal or measurement service performed by an appraiser (after any remodeling that might have affected square footage).
For real estate agents
To ensure that your client's property sells at a price that correctly reflects true market value, we advise seeking a floorplan service for the property. Your clients, and especially potential buyers, will appreciate your scrupulousness, and you can be certain that the GLA on your client's listing is a true representation of their home. A floorplan can also be a great marketing tactic for attracting potential buyers since they can view the layout and attributes of the house before and after a showing. Contact us today to find out more about our measurement services.
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