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Our certified appraisers can give you an accurate floorplan of your property's dimensions to ascertain a fair value when buying or selling a home, reduce property taxes as a result of inaccurate public records, or market to possible clients when selling real estate.
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What is a measurement or floorplan service?
Measurement services are just what they sound like: Based on your needs, an appraiser will measure your house's dimensions and area, then draw a basic or highly detailed floorplan. The appraiser's report and floorplan is a document that can be used to prove the precise Gross Living Area (GLA), the total livable space, of your home. These services are useful and often necessary when disputing property taxes or selling a property.
How does a measurement service work?
During a measurement service, a certified appraiser measures the property with a measuring tool — either a tape or laser measuring device. As they move around the house, they make note of the layout of the rooms and other features, like closets, hallways, and pantries. They may draw a rough sketch of the property. Then, the appraiser creates a report and detailed floorplan showing the total living area of the home 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 is a measurement or floorplan service required?
Disputing real estate taxes
Property tax records often reflect incorrect area of a property because the values can come from many sources, and sometimes go unverified — which means you may be taxed for more space than you have! Unless an appraiser has performed a recent valuation or measurement service on your property (after any renovation that might have affected square footage), you'll need an appraiser to perform a measurement service before challenging your taxes. An appraiser assesses an accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes can reflect the actual square footage — and you can stop overpaying.
Marketing a listing
A measurement service can ensure that you're paid a fair price for your house. Square footage is one of the most important factors potential buyers consider when purchasing a home — but since these values are often approximated rather than properly measured, your listing may show less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it actually has. An inaccurate GLA could potentially decrease the price of your property as well as the number of interested buyers. The only sure method of using a precise GLA when listing your property is to reference a recent appraisal or measurement service carried out by an appraiser (after any remodeling that may have affected square footage).
For real estate professionals
To ensure that your client's property closes at a price that appropriately reflects true market value, we advise seeking a floorplan service for the property. Your clients, and potential buyers, will be grateful for your attentiveness, 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 great marketing tool to attract potential buyers since they can see the layout and features of the property before and after a walkthrough. Contact Trust Appraisal Group to learn more about our measurement services.