Needing your property measured? Let Anderson & Associates help.
Home remodeling and inaccurate valuations on public records will affect a property's price — and its attractiveness to buyers. Let Anderson & Associates give you a reliable calculation of property area to determine a fair, unbiased value when buying a property, selling to potential clients, or reducing your property taxes.
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What is a home measurement or floorplan service?
Home measurement services are just what they sound like: An appraiser measures the dimensions and square footage of the property, then draws a basic or highly detailed floorplan based on your requirements. The appraiser's report and floorplan is a document that can be used to prove an accurate Gross Living Area (GLA), the sum of all livable space, of your home. These services are useful and sometimes necessary when disputing property taxes or selling a property.
How does a home measurement or floorplan service work?
During a floorplan service, an appraiser measures your home with a measuring tool — generally 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, entryways, and fireplaces. They may sketch out the property. Then, the appraiser types up a report and a more detailed sketch showing the total living area and the general layout of the home. The resulting report 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 are floorplan services required?
Challenging real estate taxes
Tax records frequently reflect incorrect square footage because the values can come from many sources, and occasionally go unproven — meaning you may be paying for more space than you have! Unless an appraiser has executed a recent valuation or home 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 attempting to dispute your taxes. An appraiser assesses the accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes can reflect the actual square footage — and you can stop overpaying.
Putting your home up for sale
A measuring service will ensure that you're paid a fair price for your house. Square footage is one of the most important factors potential buyers examine when purchasing a home — but since these values are often approximated rather than accurately measured, your property listing may reflect less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it actually has. An inaccurate GLA could potentially decrease the selling price of your home as well as the number of potential buyers. The only dependable method of using a precise GLA when listing your home or property is to reference a previous appraisal or measurement service performed by an appraiser (after any updating that may have affected square footage).
Material for real estate professionals
To ensure that your client's home sells at a price that correctly reflects market value, we suggest seeking a floorplan service for the property. Clients, and especially potential buyers, will be grateful for your scrupulousness, and you can rest assured knowing the GLA on your client's listing is truly representative of their home. A measurement can also be a great marketing tool to interest potential buyers because they can view the layout and details of the house before and after a walkthrough. Contact us today to find out more about our measurement services.