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Our certified appraisers will give you an accurate measurement or floorplan of your home to establish a fair value when buying or selling a home, lower property taxes due to unreliable estimates, or market to potential clients when selling a property.
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What are measurement services?
A home measurement service is just what it sounds like: An appraiser measures the dimensions and area of a property, then draws a basic or highly detailed floorplan based on what you need. The appraiser's report and floorplan is a document that can be used to prove a precise Gross Living Area (GLA), the sum of all livable space, of your home. These services are helpful and often essential when challenging property taxes or selling a property.
How do home measurement services work?
During a measurement service, a certified appraiser takes measurements of the home with a measuring tool — generally a tape or laser measuring device. As they move around the home, they note the layout of the rooms and other features, like stairs, hallways, and pantries. They might sketch the property. Then, the appraiser types up a report and detailed sketch showing the total area and the overall layout of the home. The resulting report is a document that can be used to prove certain specs of your property — like the Gross Living Area (GLA) — on tax documentation, home listings, and more.
When are floorplan services needed?
Real estate taxes
Tax records frequently reflect inaccurate square footage because the values can come from many sources, and occasionally go unproven — which means you may be taxed for more space than you actually have! Unless a certified appraiser has completed a recent evaluation or home measurement service on your property (after any renovation that might have affected square footage), you'll need an appraiser to perform a measurement service before disputing your taxes. An appraiser determines an accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes can reflect your actual square footage — and you can stop overpaying.
Putting a home up for sale
A floorplan service can ensure that you're paid fair market value for your home. Square footage is one of the biggest elements potential buyers consider when purchasing a home — but since these values are often estimated rather than properly measured, your listing might show less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it can take credit for. An inaccurate GLA could potentially decrease the price of the home as well as the number of potential buyers. The only dependable method of using an accurate GLA when listing your home is to reference a previous appraisal or home measurement service completed by an appraiser (after any updating that might have affected square footage).
Material for real estate agents
To ensure that your client's home closes at a price that appropriately reflects market value, we advise seeking a measurement of the property. Clients, and potential buyers, will be grateful for your attentiveness, and you can be confident in knowing the GLA on your client's listing is a true representation of their home. A measurement can also be a wonderful marketing tool for attracting potential buyers because they can review the layout and details of the property before and after a tour. Contact A.M. Appraisal to learn more about our measurement services.
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