In need of measurement services? Let Goosby Valuation help.
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 an accurate measurement of property dimensions to determine a fair value when buying a new home, marketing a property to potential clients, or reducing property taxes.
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What are floorplan services?
A floorplan service is just what it sounds like: An appraiser measures the dimensions and area of a property, then draws a basic or highly detailed layout based on your requirements. The appraiser's report and floorplan is a legal form that can be used to prove the precise Gross Living Area (GLA), the total livable space, of your home. These services are useful and sometimes essential when challenging property taxes or selling a property.
How does a home measurement or floorplan service work?
During a home measurement or floorplan service, an appraiser takes measurements of your home or property with a measuring tool — either a tape measure or laser measuring device. As they walk the home, they observe the layout of the rooms and other features, like stairs, entryways, and pantries. They may make a rough sketch of the property. Then, the appraiser writes up a report and a more detailed sketch showing the total area and the overall layout of the house. The result is a legal document that can be used to prove certain specs of your property — like the Gross Living Area (GLA) — on tax documents, property listings, and more.
When is a measurement or floorplan service necessary?
Real estate taxes
Property tax records often reflect the wrong area of a property because the values can come from various sources, and sometimes go unproven — meaning you may be taxed for more square footage than you have! Unless an appraiser has executed a recent evaluation or home measurement service on your property (after any updating that might have affected square footage), you'll need one to perform a measurement service before attempting to dispute what you're taxed. An appraiser verifies an accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes can reflect your actual square footage — and you can stop overpaying.
Putting your property up for sale
A floorplan service can secure fair market value for your property. Living space is one of the most important elements potential buyers examine when purchasing a home — but since square footage values are frequently approximated rather than accurately measured, your home listing may show less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it actually has. An inaccurate GLA could potentially decrease the price of the property as well as the number of potential buyers. The only guaranteed method of using a precise GLA when listing your home or property is to refer to 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 make certain that your client's property sells at a price that accurately reflects market value, we advise asking for a home measurement of the property. Clients, and especially potential buyers, will be grateful for your eye for detail, and you can be assured that the GLA on your client's listing is truly representative of their home. A measurement can also be a fantastic marketing tool for getting potential buyers interested since they can see the layout and characteristics of the property before and after touring. Get in touch with us to learn more about our home measurement and floorplan services.