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Our certified appraisers can provide you with an accurate measurement or floorplan of your home to help you determine a fair value when buying or selling a home, cut down property taxes due to incorrect estimates, or market to potential clients when selling real estate.
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What are measurement services?
Home measurement services are just what they sound like: Based on your needs, an appraiser will measure your house's dimensions and area, then draw a basic or highly detailed floorplan. The appraiser's report and floorplan is a document that can be used to prove an accurate Gross Living Area (GLA), the sum of all livable space, of your home. These services are helpful and sometimes necessary when challenging property taxes or selling a property.
How does a home measurement or floorplan service work?
During a measurement or floorplan service, an appraiser measures the home or property with a measuring tool — generally a tape measure or laser measuring device. As they tour the home, they notate the layout of the rooms and other features, like stairs, hallways, and fireplaces. They may sketch out the property. Then, the appraiser types up a report and detailed floorplan showing the total area and the general layout of the home. The finished product is a document that can be used to prove certain details about your property — like the Gross Living Area (GLA) — on tax documents, home listings, and more.
When is a home measurement or floorplan service necessary?
Challenging real estate taxes
Tax records often reflect inaccurate area of a property because the values can come from various sources, and sometimes go unverified — which means you may be taxed for more square footage than you actually own! Unless an appraiser has recently executed a valuation on your property (after any renovation that may have affected square footage), you'll need an appraiser to perform a home measurement service before contesting what you're taxed. An appraiser will verify an accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes can reflect the actual square footage — and you can stop overpaying.
Selling a listing
A home floorplan service can ensure that you're paid a fair price for your home. Living space is one of the biggest elements potential buyers look for when purchasing a home — but since square footage values are frequently estimated rather than properly measured, your property listing might show less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it can take credit for. An inaccurate GLA could potentially decrease the selling price of the property as well as the number of interested buyers. The only reliable method of using a precise GLA when listing your home or property is to refer to a recent appraisal or home measurement service completed by an appraiser (after any updating that may have affected square footage).
For real estate professionals
To ensure that your client's home closes at a price that properly reflects true market value, we suggest seeking a measurement of the property. Clients, and potential buyers, will be grateful for your attention to detail, 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 tactic for getting potential buyers interested because they can see the layout and attributes of the house before and after touring. Get in touch to learn more about our home measurement and floorplan services.