Need your home measured or a floorplan for your property? Let Harper & Strickland, Inc. help.
Home remodels and poor estimates on public records will affect a property's value — and a buyer's interest in it. Let our appraisers give you a reliable measurement of property area to establish a fair value when acquiring a new property, selling to potential clients, or minimizing your property taxes.
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What are home measurement services?
A floorplan service is just what it sounds like: An appraiser measures the dimensions and square footage of your 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 total livable space, of your home. These services are useful and sometimes essential when disputing property taxes or selling a property.
How do home measurement services work?
During a measurement or floorplan service, a certified appraiser measures your home or property with a measuring tool — generally a tape measure or laser measuring device. As they walk the house, they note the layout of the rooms and other features, like closets, patios, and fireplaces. They might sketch out the property. Then, the appraiser types up a report and detailed floorplan showing the total living area of the home and the overall layout. The result is a document that can be used to prove certain details about your property — like the Gross Living Area (GLA) — on tax documents, home listings, and more.
When are measurement services needed?
Real estate taxes
Tax records often reflect inaccurate area of a property because the values can come from many sources, and occasionally go unverified — meaning you may be taxed for more square footage than you actually own! Unless a certified appraiser has recently completed an evaluation on your property (after any updating that may have affected square footage), you'll need one to perform a measurement service before challenging your taxes. An appraiser will verify an accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes can reflect the actual square footage — and you can stop overpaying.
Selling a property
A measuring service will ensure that you're paid fair market value for your house. Square footage is one of the biggest elements potential buyers examine when purchasing a house — but since these values are frequently estimated rather than accurately measured, your home listing may reflect less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it actually has. An inaccurate GLA could potentially decrease the price of your home as well as the number of potential buyers. The only sure method of using a precise GLA when listing your home is to refer to a recent appraisal or measurement service executed by a certified appraiser (after any renovation that might have affected square footage).
Information for real estate professionals
To make sure that your client's property closes at a price that accurately reflects true market value, we suggest requesting a measurement of the property. Clients, and potential buyers, will appreciate your thoroughness, and you can be certain that the GLA on your client's listing is a true representation of their home. A floorplan can also be a wonderful marketing tactic for enticing potential buyers since they can review the layout and features of the house before and after touring. Contact us today to learn more about our home measurement and floorplan services.