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Home remodels and poor estimates on public records can affect a property's price — and its attractiveness to buyers. Let A.M. Appraisal give you an accurate calculation of property size to establish a fair, unbiased value when acquiring a property, marketing a property to potential clients, or minimizing property taxes.
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What is a home measurement or floorplan service?
Floorplan 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 layout based on your needs. The appraiser's report and floorplan is a document that can be used to prove the accurate Gross Living Area (GLA), the total livable area, of your home. These services are useful and often essential when challenging property taxes or selling a property.
How does a home measurement or floorplan service work?
During a home measurement service, a certified appraiser measures the property with a measuring tool — either a tape or laser measuring device. As they tour the property, they observe the layout of the rooms and other features, like closets, hallways, and pantries. They might sketch out the property. Then, the appraiser writes up a report and detailed floorplan showing the total square footage of the home and the overall layout. The result is a document that can be used to prove certain details about your property — like the Gross Living Area (GLA) — on tax documentation, home listings, and more.
When should I get a floorplan service?
Challenging real estate taxes
Tax records often reflect the wrong square footage because the values can come from many sources, and occasionally go unproven — meaning you may be taxed for more square footage than you actually own! Unless an appraiser has performed a recent valuation or measurement service on your property (after any renovation that may have affected square footage), you'll need one to perform a home measurement service before attempting to dispute 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 your home
A home floorplan service can secure a fair price for your house. Living space is one of the most important factors potential buyers look for when purchasing a home — but since these values are often estimated rather than accurately measured, your property listing may reflect less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it can take credit for. An inaccurate GLA not only decreases the selling price for your home, but possibly even the number of interested buyers. The only reliable method of using an accurate GLA when listing your home or property is to reference a previous appraisal or home measurement service executed by a certified appraiser (after any updating that may have affected square footage).
Information for real estate agents
To make sure that your client's home closes at a price that properly reflects true market value, we suggest asking for a floorplan service for the property. Clients, and potential buyers, will appreciate your scrupulousness, 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 fantastic marketing tactic for enticing potential buyers because they can view the layout and characteristics of the home before and after a walkthrough. Get in touch to find out more about our floorplan services.
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