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Our certified appraisers can provide you with an accurate floorplan of your home to determine a fair value when buying or selling a home, cut property taxes due to incorrect estimates, or market to possible clients when selling real estate.
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What are floorplan services?
Floorplan services are just what they sound like: An appraiser measures the dimensions and area of your property, then draws a basic or highly detailed floorplan based on what you need. The appraiser's report and floorplan is a form that can be used to prove the precise Gross Living Area (GLA), the sum of all livable area, of your home. These services are helpful and often essential when disputing property taxes or selling a property.
How does a measurement service work?
During a measurement service, an appraiser measures the property with a measuring tool — generally a tape or laser measuring device. As they move around the house, they mark the layout of the rooms and other features, like stairs, entryways, and pantries. They might draw a rough sketch of the property. Then, the appraiser creates a report and detailed floorplan showing the total square footage and the overall layout of the home. The finished product is a document that can be used to prove certain details about your property — like the Gross Living Area (GLA) — on tax documentation, home listings, and more.
When is a measurement or floorplan service required?
Disputing real estate taxes
Property tax records frequently reflect inaccurate area of a property because the values can come from many sources, and sometimes go unverified — which means you may be paying for more space than you actually own! Unless an appraiser has recently completed a valuation on your property (after any updating that might have affected square footage), you'll need an appraiser to perform a home measurement service before contesting what you're taxed. An appraiser will establish an accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes can reflect your actual square footage — and you can stop overpaying.
Putting a property on the market
A home measurement service will secure fair market value for your home. Area is one of the biggest factors potential buyers consider when purchasing a home — but since these values are frequently estimated rather than properly measured, your home listing may show less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it actually has. An inaccurate GLA not only decreases the selling price for your property, but possibly even the number of interested buyers. The only sure method of using an accurate GLA when listing your property is to reference a recent appraisal or home measurement service carried out by a certified appraiser (after any renovation that may have affected square footage).
Information for agents
To ensure that your client's property closes at a price that accurately reflects market value, we recommend requesting a floorplan service for the property. Your clients, and potential buyers, will appreciate your thoroughness, and you can be confident in knowing the GLA on your client's listing is a true representation of their home. A floorplan can also be an excellent marketing tactic to attract potential buyers because they can see the layout and attributes of the house before and after touring. Contact us to find out more about our measurement services.