Need your home measured or a floorplan for your property? Let A.M. Appraisal help.
Our certified appraisers can provide you with an accurate measurement or floorplan of your property to help you determine a fair value when buying or selling a home, lower property taxes as a result of unreliable public records, or market to potential clients when selling a property.
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What are floorplan services?
Floorplan services are just what they sound like: Based on what you need, an appraiser will measure your property's dimensions and area, then draw a basic or highly detailed layout. The appraiser's report and floorplan is a form that can be used to prove the accurate Gross Living Area (GLA), the sum of all livable space, of your home. These services are helpful and often essential when disputing property taxes or selling a property.
How do measurement services work?
During a measurement or floorplan service, a certified appraiser measures your property with a measuring tool — generally a tape measure or laser measuring device. As they move around the home, they make note of the layout of the rooms and other features, like stairs, entryways, and pantries. They may sketch the property. Then, the appraiser writes up a report and a more detailed floorplan showing the total square footage of the house and the general 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 documentation, property listings, and more.
When is a home measurement or floorplan service needed?
Property tax records frequently reflect incorrect area of a property because the values can come from many sources, and occasionally go unverified — meaning you may be paying for more space than you own! Unless an appraiser has recently executed an evaluation on your property (after any renovation that may have affected square footage), you'll need an appraiser to perform a measurement service before challenging your taxes. An appraiser verifies 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.
Selling your home
A measuring service can secure a fair price for your home. Square footage is one of the most important factors potential buyers look for when purchasing a house — but since square footage values are often approximated rather than accurately measured, your property listing may show less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it actually has. An inaccurate GLA not only reduces the selling price for your property, but possibly even the number of interested buyers. The only reliable method of using an accurate GLA when listing your home is to reference a recent appraisal or home measurement service carried out by an appraiser (after any renovation that might have affected square footage).
Material for real estate agents
To ensure that your client's home closes at a price that correctly reflects market value, we suggest requesting a measurement of the property. Your clients, and especially potential buyers, will appreciate your thoroughness, 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 an excellent marketing tool for getting potential buyers interested because they can view the layout and details of the property before and after touring. Contact us today to learn more about our floorplan services.
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