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Home remodeling and poor valuations on public records can affect a property's value — and a buyer's interest in it. Let us give you a reliable measurement of property size to determine a fair value when purchasing a home, selling to potential clients, or reducing your property taxes.
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What is a home measurement or floorplan service?
A measurement service is just what it sounds like: Based on what you want, an appraiser will measure your property's dimensions and area, then draw a basic or highly detailed layout. The appraiser's report and floorplan is a document that can be used to prove the accurate Gross Living Area (GLA), the sum of all livable area, of your home. These services are useful and sometimes necessary when challenging property taxes or selling a property.
How do measurement services work?
During a floorplan service, an appraiser measures the property with a measuring tool — either a tape measure or laser measuring device. As they move around the house, they note the layout of the rooms and other features, like closets, entryways, and fireplaces. They may make a rough sketch of the property. Then, the appraiser develops a report and detailed sketch showing the total area of the house and the overall layout. 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 documentation, property listings, and more.
When are floorplan services required?
Real estate taxes
Property tax records often reflect inaccurate square footage because the values can come from various sources, and sometimes go unproven — meaning you may be paying for more space than you actually have! Unless an appraiser has performed a recent valuation or measurement service on your property (after any remodeling that may have affected square footage), you'll need an appraiser to perform a home measurement service before contesting what you're taxed. An appraiser verifies 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 property is worth.
Selling your home
A measurement service can ensure that you're paid a fair price for your house. Square footage is one of the biggest elements potential buyers look for when purchasing a home — but since square footage values are often approximated rather than properly measured, your listing might reflect less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it can take credit for. An inaccurate GLA could potentially reduce the selling price of the property as well as the number of potential buyers. The only dependable method of using a precise GLA when listing your home is to refer to a previous appraisal or measurement service performed by a certified appraiser (after any remodeling that may have affected square footage).
For real estate agents
To ensure that your client's home closes at a price that properly reflects market value, we advise seeking a floorplan service for the property. Clients, and especially potential buyers, will be grateful for your eye for detail, and you can rest assured knowing the GLA on your client's listing is truly representative of their home. A floorplan can also be a wonderful marketing tool to attract potential buyers since they can view the layout and characteristics of the house before and after touring. Contact mymobileappraiser today to learn more about our home measurement and floorplan services.