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Home remodeling and incorrect public records will affect a property's value — and its attractiveness to buyers. Let us give you an accurate calculation of property dimensions to establish a fair value when purchasing a new property, marketing a property to potential clients, or reducing property taxes.
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What are measurement services?
A home 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 an accurate Gross Living Area (GLA), the total livable space, of your home. These services are useful and often essential when disputing property taxes or selling a property.
How do floorplan services work?
During a floorplan service, an appraiser takes measurements of the home or property with a measuring tool — laser measuring device or LiDar technology. As they tour the house, they note the layout of the rooms and other features, like stairs, patios, and pantries. The appraiser types up a report and a more detailed sketch showing the total square footage and the overall layout of the house. 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, home listings, and more.
When do I need a measurement service?
Challenging property taxes
Tax records frequently reflect incorrect area of a property because the values can come from many sources, and occasionally go unproven — meaning you may be taxed for more space than you own! Unless a certified appraiser has completed 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 disputing your taxes. An appraiser will determine an accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes can reflect the actual square footage — and you can stop paying more than your house is worth.
Marketing a home or property
A home measurement service will secure fair market value for your home. Area is one of the most important elements potential buyers look for when purchasing a home — but since these values are frequently approximated rather than properly measured, your home listing may show less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it actually has. An inaccurate GLA not only reduces the potential selling price of your property, but possibly even the amount of interested buyers. The only reliable method of using an accurate GLA when listing your home or property is to refer to a recent appraisal or measurement service performed by a certified appraiser (after any renovation that may have affected square footage).
Information for agents
To make sure that your client's home closes at a price that properly reflects market value, we suggest seeking a measurement of the property. Your clients, and potential buyers, will appreciate your thoroughness, and you can rest assured knowing the GLA on your client's listing is a true representation of their home. A measurement can also be a wonderful marketing tool for getting potential buyers interested since they can view the layout and details of the home before and after touring. Contact us today to find out more about our floorplan services.
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