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Home remodeling and poor valuations on public records can affect a property's price — and its attractiveness to potential buyers. Let us give you an accurate calculation of property size to establish a fair value when buying a home, selling to potential clients, or minimizing property taxes.
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What are measurement services?
Measurement 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 floorplan. 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 area, of your home. These services are helpful and sometimes essential when challenging property taxes or selling a property.
How does a floorplan service work?
During a measurement or floorplan service, a certified appraiser measures your home with a measuring tool — either a tape measure or laser measuring device. As they move around the property, they make note of the layout of the rooms and other features, like stairs, hallways, and pantries. They might sketch the property. Then, the appraiser develops a report and a more detailed floorplan showing the total square footage and the overall layout of the home. The result 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 are floorplan services needed?
Challenging property taxes
Property tax records frequently reflect the wrong area of a property because the values can come from several sources, and occasionally go unverified — which means you may be taxed for more square footage than you have! Unless an appraiser has executed 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 home measurement service before attempting to challenge what you're taxed. An appraiser will verify an accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes can reflect your actual square footage — and you can stop overpaying.
Marketing a listing
A floorplan service can ensure that you're paid fair market value for your house. Square footage is one of the most important factors potential buyers examine when purchasing a house — but since these values are often approximated rather than properly measured, your property listing may reflect less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it actually has. An inaccurate GLA could potentially decrease the price of your home as well as the number of interested buyers. The only dependable method of using a definitive GLA when listing your property is to refer to a recent appraisal or home measurement service performed by an appraiser (after any remodeling that may have affected square footage).
Material for real estate agents
To ensure that your client's property closes at a price that correctly reflects market value, we recommend asking for a home measurement of the property. Your clients, and potential buyers, will be grateful for your scrupulousness, and you can be confident in knowing the GLA on your client's listing is truly representative of their home. A measurement can also be a great marketing tactic for attracting potential buyers since they can view the layout and characteristics of the home before and after a tour. Get in touch with us to find out more about our measurement services.