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Home remodeling and inaccurate valuations on public records can affect a property's value — and its attractiveness to potential buyers. Let our appraisers give you a reliable evaluation of property size to establish a fair value when buying a new property, selling to potential clients, or reducing property taxes.
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What is a measurement or floorplan service?
Floorplan services are just what they sound like: An appraiser measures the dimensions and area of your property, then draws a basic or highly detailed layout based on what you need. 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 space, of your home. These services are helpful and sometimes necessary when disputing property taxes or selling a property.
How does a floorplan service work?
During a home measurement or floorplan service, an appraiser measures the home with a measuring tool — generally a tape or laser measuring device. As they tour the house, they make note of the layout of the rooms and other features, like stairs, patios, and pantries. They may sketch out the property. Then, the appraiser writes up a report and a more detailed floorplan showing the total living area of the house and the general layout. The resulting report 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 measurement or floorplan service required?
Disputing real estate taxes
Tax records frequently reflect the wrong square footage because the values can come from various sources, and occasionally go unverified — meaning you may be taxed for more square footage than you actually own! Unless a certified appraiser has executed a recent appraisal or measurement service on your property (after any updating that may have affected square footage), you'll need an appraiser to perform a home measurement service before attempting to challenge what you're taxed. An appraiser determines 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 property is worth.
Putting your property up for sale
A home measurement service can secure fair market value for your home. Square footage is one of the biggest elements potential buyers consider when purchasing a house — but since these values are often approximated rather than properly measured, your home listing may reflect less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it actually has. An inaccurate GLA could potentially reduce the selling price of the property as well as the number of potential buyers. The only sure method of using a precise GLA when listing your property is to reference a previous appraisal or measurement service executed by a certified appraiser (after any updating that may have affected square footage).
For real estate professionals
To make sure that your client's home closes at a price that accurately reflects market value, we advise requesting a floorplan service for the property. Clients, and especially potential buyers, will be grateful for your attention to detail, and you can be certain that the GLA on your client's listing is a true representation of their home. A measurement can also be a great marketing tactic for getting potential buyers interested because they can view the layout and attributes of the house before and after touring. Get in touch to find out more about our floorplan services.