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Home remodeling and poor valuations on public records will affect a property's price — and its attractiveness to potential buyers. Let our appraisers give you an accurate evaluation of property area to determine a fair value when acquiring a new home, selling to potential clients, or reducing your property taxes.
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What is a home measurement or floorplan service?
Measurement services are just what they sound like: An appraiser measures the dimensions and area of your property, then draws a basic or highly detailed floorplan based on your needs. The appraiser's report and floorplan is a document that can be used to prove the accurate Gross Living Area (GLA), the total livable area, of your home. These services are useful and sometimes essential when challenging property taxes or selling a property.
How does a home measurement service work?
During a floorplan service, a certified appraiser measures your home with a measuring tool — either a tape or laser measuring device. As they walk the house, they make note of the layout of the rooms and other features, like stairs, entryways, and fireplaces. They may sketch the property. Then, the appraiser writes up a report and detailed floorplan showing the total square footage of the house and the general layout. The result 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 are floorplan services necessary?
Real estate taxes
Tax records often reflect incorrect area of a property because the values can come from several sources, and occasionally go unverified — which means you may be taxed for more space than you actually own! Unless an appraiser has executed a recent appraisal or home 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 determines the 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 house is worth.
Selling a home or property
A measurement service will ensure that you're paid fair market value for your home. Square footage is one of the biggest elements potential buyers look for when purchasing a house — but since square footage values are frequently approximated rather than accurately measured, your listing might show less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it can take credit for. An inaccurate GLA not only decreases the potential selling price for your property, but possibly even the amount of interested buyers. The only sure method of using an accurate GLA when listing your home is to reference a recent appraisal or measurement service performed by a certified appraiser (after any renovation that may have affected square footage).
Material for real estate agents
To ensure that your client's property closes at a price that accurately reflects true market value, we suggest asking for a home measurement of the property. Clients, and especially potential buyers, will appreciate your thoroughness, and you can be certain that the GLA on your client's listing is a true representation of their home. A floorplan can also be a wonderful marketing tool for enticing potential buyers because they can review the layout and characteristics of the property before and after touring. Contact us today to find out more about our floorplan services.
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