Needing your home measured? Let Allied Appraisal Center help.
Home remodels and poor estimates on public records can affect a property's price — and a buyer's interest in it. Let our appraisers give you an accurate estimation of property area to establish a fair value when acquiring a new home, selling to potential clients, or minimizing property taxes.
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What are measurement 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 floorplan based on your needs. 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 helpful and often essential when challenging property taxes or selling a property.
How does a floorplan service work?
During a measurement or floorplan service, an appraiser takes measurements of your home or property with a measuring tool — generally a tape measure or laser measuring device. As they walk the home, they notate the layout of the rooms and other features, like closets, hallways, and fireplaces. They may sketch the property. Then, the appraiser types up a report and a more detailed sketch showing the total living area of the house and the general layout. The result 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 should I get a floorplan service?
Challenging property taxes
Tax records frequently reflect the wrong area of a property because the values can come from several sources, and occasionally go unproven — which means you may be taxed for more square footage than you actually own! Unless an appraiser has completed a recent evaluation or home measurement service on your property (after any remodeling that might have affected square footage), you'll need one to perform a measurement service before attempting to challenge your taxes. An appraiser will determine an accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes reflect the actual square footage — and you can stop paying more than your house is worth.
Selling a listing
A floorplan service can ensure that you're paid fair market value for your home. Area is one of the biggest factors potential buyers consider when purchasing a home — but since square footage values are often estimated rather than properly measured, your home listing might reflect less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it can take credit for. An inaccurate GLA not only reduces the selling price for your home, but possibly even the number of interested buyers. The only dependable method of using a precise GLA when listing your home or property is to refer to a recent appraisal or measurement service performed by a certified appraiser (after any updating that might have affected square footage).
Information for agents
To make certain that your client's home closes at a price that correctly reflects true market value, we advise seeking a home measurement of the property. Your clients, and potential buyers, will be grateful for your scrupulousness, 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 for attracting potential buyers since they can review the layout and attributes of the property before and after a walkthrough. Contact Allied Appraisal Center to find out more about our floorplan services.