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Home remodeling and poor estimates on public records can affect a property's value — and its attractiveness to potential buyers. Let our appraisers give you a reliable estimation of property dimensions to establish a fair value when purchasing a new property, selling to potential clients, or reducing property taxes.
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What is a measurement or floorplan service?
A measurement service is just what it sounds 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 legal form that can be used to prove the precise Gross Living Area (GLA), the total livable space, of your home. These services are useful and sometimes necessary when challenging property taxes or selling a property.
How does a home measurement or floorplan service work?
During a home measurement or floorplan service, an appraiser takes measurements of your home or property with a measuring tool — either a tape measure or laser measuring device. As they move around the property, they notate 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 living area of the house and the general layout. The final product is a legal document that can be used to prove certain specs of your property — like the Gross Living Area (GLA) — on tax documents, property listings, and more.
When is a measurement or floorplan service necessary?
Challenging property taxes
Property tax records frequently reflect the wrong square footage because the values can come from various sources, and occasionally go unproven — meaning you may be paying for more space than you have! Unless a certified appraiser has completed a recent valuation or 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 attempting to challenge your taxes. An appraiser will establish an accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes reflect your actual square footage — and you can stop overpaying.
Selling a property
A measurement service will secure fair market value for your home. Living space is one of the biggest elements potential buyers look for when purchasing a house — but since these values are often estimated rather than properly measured, your property listing may show less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it actually has. An inaccurate GLA not only reduces the potential selling price of your home, but possibly even the number of interested buyers. The only guaranteed method of using a definitive GLA when listing your home is to reference a previous appraisal or home measurement service executed by a certified appraiser (after any renovation that might have affected square footage).
To make certain that your client's property closes at a price that appropriately reflects true market value, we advise seeking a home measurement of the property. Your clients, and potential buyers, will be grateful for your thoroughness, and you can be certain that the GLA on your client's listing is a true representation of their home. A measurement can also be an excellent marketing tactic for getting potential buyers interested since they can review the layout and features of the home before and after a walkthrough. Contact us today to find out more about our home measurement and floorplan services.