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Home remodels and inaccurate estimates on public records can affect a property's value — and a potential buyer's interest in it. Let our appraisers give you a reliable calculation of property dimensions to establish a fair value when buying a new home, marketing a property to potential clients, or minimizing property taxes.
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What are floorplan 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 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 often necessary when challenging property taxes or selling a property.
How do floorplan services work?
During a measurement or floorplan service, an appraiser takes measurements of your property with a measuring tool — either a tape measure or laser measuring device. As they walk the house, they note the layout of the rooms and other features, like closets, patios, and fireplaces. They may sketch out the property. Then, the appraiser creates a report and a more detailed floorplan showing the total area and the general layout of the house. The finished product is a document that can be used to prove certain specs of your property — like the Gross Living Area (GLA) — on tax documents, home listings, and more.
When is a home measurement or floorplan service needed?
Challenging real estate taxes
Tax records often reflect the wrong square footage because the values can come from many sources, and occasionally go unproven — which means you may be paying for more space than you actually own! Unless an 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 challenging what you're taxed. An appraiser verifies the accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes reflect the actual square footage — and you can stop overpaying.
Putting a home on the market
A floorplan service can secure fair market value for your property. Area is one of the most important factors potential buyers examine when purchasing a house — but since these values are frequently estimated rather than accurately measured, your property listing might reflect less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it actually has. 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 a precise GLA when listing your home is to refer to a previous appraisal or home measurement service carried out by an appraiser (after any updating that might have affected square footage).
To ensure that your client's home closes at a price that properly reflects true market value, we recommend seeking a home measurement of the property. Your clients, and potential buyers, will appreciate your thoroughness, 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 great marketing tactic for getting potential buyers interested since they can review the layout and details of the property before and after touring. Get in touch to find out more about our floorplan services.