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Our certified appraisers can provide you with an accurate measurement or floorplan of your property's dimensions to establish a fair value when buying or selling a home, lower property taxes due to unreliable public records, or market to potential clients when selling a property.
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What are floorplan services?
A measurement service is just what it sounds like: An appraiser measures the dimensions and area of your property, then draws a basic or highly detailed layout based on your requirements. 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 useful and sometimes essential when challenging property taxes or selling a property.
How does a measurement service work?
During a measurement or floorplan service, an appraiser measures your property with a measuring tool — generally a tape or laser measuring device. As they walk the home, they observe the layout of the rooms and other features, like closets, entryways, and pantries. They may draw a rough sketch of the property. Then, the appraiser writes up a report and a more detailed sketch showing the total area and the general layout of the house. 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 are measurement services needed?
Challenging property taxes
Tax records frequently reflect incorrect square footage because the values can come from various sources, and occasionally go unverified — which means you may be paying for more square footage than you own! Unless a certified appraiser has performed a recent appraisal or measurement service on your property (after any updating that might have affected square footage), you'll need an appraiser to perform a home measurement service before attempting to dispute what you're taxed. An appraiser assesses the accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes reflect the actual square footage — and you can stop paying more than your house is worth.
Selling a home or property
A measuring service will secure fair market value for your home. Living space is one of the biggest elements potential buyers consider when purchasing a home — but since square footage values are often approximated rather than accurately measured, your home listing may reflect less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it actually has. An inaccurate GLA could potentially reduce the selling price of your home as well as the number of potential buyers. The only reliable method of using a precise GLA when listing your home is to reference a previous appraisal or home measurement service executed by a certified appraiser (after any renovation that may have affected square footage).
For real estate agents
To ensure that your client's home sells at a price that properly reflects market value, we recommend requesting a measurement of the property. Clients, and especially potential buyers, will be grateful for your thoroughness, and you can rest assured knowing the GLA on your client's listing is truly representative of their home. A floorplan can also be a great marketing tool for attracting potential buyers since they can view the layout and attributes of the house before and after touring. Get in touch with us to find out more about our floorplan services.
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