Need your home measured or a floorplan for your property? Let A.M. Appraisal help.
Our certified appraisers can give you an accurate measurement of your property to determine a fair value when buying or selling a home, lower property taxes from unreliable public records, or market to potential buyers when selling a property.
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What are measurement services?
Measurement 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 needs. 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 space, of your home. These services are helpful and often necessary when disputing property taxes or selling a property.
How does a home measurement or floorplan service work?
During a measurement service, a certified appraiser takes measurements of the home with a measuring tool — generally a tape measure or laser measuring device. As they tour the house, they note the layout of the rooms and other features, like closets, patios, and pantries. They might sketch out the property. Then, the appraiser creates a report and detailed floorplan showing the total living area and the general layout of the house. The finished product is a document that can be used to prove certain specs of your property — like the Gross Living Area (GLA) — on tax documents, home listings, and more.
When do I need a floorplan service?
Real estate taxes
Property tax records frequently reflect inaccurate area of a property because the values can come from several sources, and sometimes go unverified — which means you may be taxed for more square footage than you actually own! Unless a certified appraiser has recently performed a valuation on your property (after any updating that may have affected square footage), you'll need one to perform a measurement service before disputing your taxes. An appraiser assesses the accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes can reflect the actual square footage — and you can stop overpaying.
Selling your home
A home measurement service will ensure that you're paid fair market value for your property. Living space is one of the biggest factors potential buyers look for when purchasing a home — but since these values are often estimated rather than properly measured, your property listing may reflect less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it can take credit for. An inaccurate GLA could potentially decrease the price of your home as well as the number of interested buyers. The only sure method of using a definitive GLA when listing your home is to refer to a previous appraisal or measurement service completed by an appraiser (after any renovation that may have affected square footage).
For real estate professionals
To make sure that your client's home closes at a price that accurately reflects market value, we suggest seeking a home measurement of the property. Your clients, and especially potential buyers, will be grateful for your scrupulousness, 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 an excellent marketing tool to entice potential buyers since they can see the layout and characteristics of the property before and after touring. Contact A.M. Appraisal to learn more about our home measurement and floorplan services.
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