Needing your property measured? Let us help
Home remodeling and poor valuations on public records will affect a property's value — and a buyer's interest in it. Let our appraisers give you an accurate measurement of property area to determine a fair value when buying a property, marketing a property to potential clients, or reducing your property taxes.
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What are home measurement services?
A measurement service is just what it sounds like: Based on what you want, an appraiser will measure the home's dimensions and square footage, then draw a basic or highly detailed floorplan. The appraiser's report and floorplan is a document that can be used to prove a precise Gross Living Area (GLA), the sum of all livable area, of your home. These services are useful and often necessary when disputing property taxes or selling a property.
How does a home measurement or floorplan service work?
During a home measurement service, a certified appraiser measures your home with a measuring tool — either a tape or laser measuring device. As they walk the home, they note 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 a more detailed floorplan showing the total square footage and the general 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 documentation, property listings, and more.
When are measurement services necessary?
Disputing real estate taxes
Tax records often reflect inaccurate area of a property because the values can come from several sources, and occasionally go unproven — which means you may be taxed for more square footage than you actually own! Unless a certified appraiser has executed a recent appraisal or home measurement service on your property (after any renovation that may have affected square footage), you'll need an appraiser to perform a measurement service before contesting your taxes. An appraiser will establish the accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes can reflect your actual square footage — and you can stop overpaying.
Putting your home on the market
A measurement service will secure a fair price for your house. Living space is one of the most important elements potential buyers examine when purchasing a home — but since these values are often estimated rather than accurately measured, your listing might show less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it actually has. An inaccurate GLA could potentially reduce the selling price of your home as well as the number of potential buyers. The only dependable method of using a precise GLA when listing your property is to refer to a previous appraisal or home measurement service performed by a certified appraiser (after any updating that might have affected square footage).
For real estate agents
To ensure that your client's home closes at a price that properly reflects true market value, we suggest seeking a floorplan service for the property. Clients, and potential buyers, will appreciate your attentiveness, and you can be assured 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 since they can see the layout and details of the property before and after touring. Contact us today to learn more about our home measurement and floorplan services.