In need of floorplan services? Let A.M. Appraisal help.
Our certified appraisers will provide you with an accurate floorplan of your property to determine a fair value when buying or selling a home, lower property taxes from incorrect estimates, or market to possible buyers when selling real estate.
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What is a home measurement or floorplan service?
Floorplan services are just what they sound like: Based on your needs, an appraiser will measure the property's dimensions and square footage, 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 sum of all livable area, of your home. These services are helpful and sometimes essential 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 your home with a measuring tool — generally a tape measure or laser measuring device. As they walk the house, they mark the layout of the rooms and other features, like closets, entryways, and pantries. They might sketch the property. Then, the appraiser develops a report and detailed floorplan showing the total living area of the home and the overall layout. The final 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 should I get a measurement service?
Real estate taxes
Property tax records often reflect the wrong area of a property because the values can come from various sources, and occasionally go unverified — meaning you may be paying for more square footage than you own! Unless an appraiser has recently executed a valuation on your property (after any remodeling that might have affected square footage), you'll need one to perform a measurement service before contesting your taxes. An appraiser will establish an accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes can reflect the actual square footage — and you can stop paying more than your property is worth.
Putting your property up for sale
A floorplan service can ensure that you're paid a fair price for your house. Living space is one of the biggest factors potential buyers examine when purchasing a home — but since square footage values are frequently estimated rather than accurately measured, your listing may show less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it can take credit for. An inaccurate GLA could potentially decrease the price of your property as well as the number of interested buyers. The only reliable method of using a precise GLA when listing your property is to refer to a previous appraisal or measurement service executed by a certified appraiser (after any renovation that may have affected square footage).
To ensure that your client's home closes at a price that properly reflects true market value, we recommend seeking a measurement of the property. Clients, and potential buyers, will appreciate your thoroughness, 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 a wonderful marketing tool for getting potential buyers interested because they can view the layout and details of the property before and after touring. Contact A.M. Appraisal today to find out more about our floorplan services.
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