Need your home measured or a floorplan for your property? Let us help.
Home remodeling and inaccurate estimates on public records can affect a property's price — and its attractiveness to potential buyers. Let our appraisers give you an accurate calculation of property size to determine a fair, unbiased value when purchasing a new property, marketing a property to potential clients, or reducing your property taxes.
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What are measurement services?
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 requirements. The appraiser's report and floorplan is a document that can be used to prove a precise Gross Living Area (GLA), the total livable space, of your home. These services are useful and often essential when challenging property taxes or selling a property.
How do floorplan services work?
During a home measurement service, an appraiser measures the property with a measuring tool — either a tape measure or laser measuring device. As they move around the property, they note the layout of the rooms and other features, like closets, hallways, and pantries. They might sketch the property. Then, the appraiser develops a report and a more detailed sketch showing the total square footage of the home and the general layout. The final product is a document that can be used to prove certain specs of your property — like the Gross Living Area (GLA) — on tax documentation, home listings, and more.
When are measurement services required?
Property tax records frequently reflect incorrect square footage because the values can come from several sources, and sometimes go unproven — which means you may be taxed for more square footage than you own! Unless a certified appraiser has recently executed an evaluation on your property (after any remodeling that may have affected square footage), you'll need an appraiser to perform a home measurement service before disputing your taxes. An appraiser determines the accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes reflect the actual square footage — and you can stop overpaying.
Selling your home
A measurement service will secure a fair price for your property. Living space is one of the most important factors potential buyers consider when purchasing a house — but since these values are frequently estimated rather than accurately measured, your listing might show less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it can take credit for. An inaccurate GLA could potentially reduce the selling price of your home as well as the number of potential buyers. The only sure method of using a precise GLA when listing your property is to refer to a recent appraisal or home measurement service carried out by an appraiser (after any updating that might have affected square footage).
Information for real estate professionals
To make sure that your client's property closes at a price that appropriately reflects true market value, we suggest asking for a home measurement of the property. Your clients, and potential buyers, will be grateful for your attention to detail, and you can be assured that the GLA on your client's listing is truly representative of their home. A measurement can also be a wonderful marketing tactic for getting potential buyers interested because they can see the layout and features of the house before and after a showing. Get in touch to learn more about our measurement services.