Need your home measured or a floorplan for your property? Let us help.
Home remodeling and inaccurate estimates on public records will affect a property's price — and a potential buyer's interest in it. Let us give you a reliable measurement of property size to establish a fair, unbiased value when acquiring a new property, selling to potential clients, or reducing property taxes.
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What is a home measurement or floorplan service?
A floorplan service is just what it sounds like: An appraiser measures the dimensions and area of your property, then draws a basic or highly detailed layout based on your needs. 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 disputing property taxes or selling a property.
How does a home measurement or floorplan service work?
During a home measurement or floorplan service, a certified appraiser measures the home with a measuring tool — generally a tape or laser measuring device. As they tour the home, they note the layout of the rooms and other features, like stairs, hallways, and pantries. They may sketch out the property. Then, the appraiser types up a report and a more detailed floorplan showing the total area of the home and the general layout. The resulting report is a 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 are floorplan services required?
Disputing property taxes
Property tax records often reflect incorrect area of a property because the values can come from several sources, and occasionally go unproven — meaning you may be paying for more space than you own! Unless an appraiser has executed a recent evaluation or home measurement service on your property (after any remodeling that might have affected square footage), you'll need an appraiser to perform a home measurement service before contesting your taxes. An appraiser verifies the accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes can reflect your actual square footage — and you can stop paying more than your house is worth.
Marketing a home or property
A measuring service can secure fair market value for your property. Living space is one of the biggest factors potential buyers look for when purchasing a home — but since these values are often estimated rather than accurately measured, your property listing might show less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it can take credit for. An inaccurate GLA not only reduces the potential selling price of your property, but possibly even the number of interested buyers. The only reliable method of using a definitive GLA when listing your property is to refer to a previous appraisal or home measurement service completed by an appraiser (after any renovation that might have affected square footage).
For real estate agents
To ensure that your client's property sells at a price that properly reflects market value, we recommend asking for a home measurement of the property. Your clients, and potential buyers, will appreciate your attentiveness, 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 wonderful marketing tactic for getting potential buyers interested since they can view the layout and characteristics of the home before and after touring. Get in touch to find out more about our floorplan services.