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Our certified appraisers will provide you with an accurate floorplan of your home to establish a fair value when buying or selling a home, lower property taxes as a result of inaccurate public records, or market to potential clients when selling a property.

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What is a home measurement or floorplan service?

Home 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 your needs. The appraiser's report and floorplan is a form that can be used to prove the precise Gross Living Area (GLA), the sum of all livable area, of your home. These services are helpful and often necessary when challenging property taxes or selling a property.

How does a home measurement or floorplan service work?

During a measurement service, an appraiser takes measurements of the home with a measuring tool — generally a tape or laser measuring device. As they move around the house, they notate the layout of the rooms and other features, like stairs, hallways, and pantries. They might draw a rough sketch of the property. Then, the appraiser types up a report and a more detailed sketch showing the total square footage and the general layout of the home. The result 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 are measurement services necessary?

Real estate taxes

Property tax records often reflect inaccurate area of a property because the values can come from many sources, and sometimes go unverified — meaning you may be taxed for more space than you actually own! Unless an appraiser has performed a recent valuation or home measurement service on your property (after any updating that may have affected square footage), you'll need one to perform a measurement service before contesting your taxes. An appraiser assesses an accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes reflect your actual square footage — and you can stop overpaying.

Putting your home on the market

A home floorplan service will ensure that you're paid fair market value for your house. Square footage is one of the biggest factors potential buyers consider when purchasing a home — but since square footage values are often estimated rather than properly measured, your property listing might show less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it actually has. An inaccurate GLA not only reduces the potential selling price for your property, but possibly even the amount of interested buyers. The only reliable method of using a precise GLA when listing your property is to refer to a previous appraisal or home measurement service carried out by a certified appraiser (after any remodeling that might have affected square footage).

For real estate professionals

To ensure that your client's home sells at a price that appropriately reflects true market value, we recommend asking for a home measurement of the property. Your clients, and potential buyers, will be grateful for your attentiveness, and you can rest assured knowing the GLA on your client's listing is truly representative of their home. A measurement can also be an excellent marketing tactic to entice potential buyers because they can review the layout and attributes of the home before and after a showing. Contact A.M. Appraisal to find out more about our home measurement and floorplan services.

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