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Our certified appraisers can give you an accurate measurement or floorplan of your property's dimensions to establish a fair value when buying or selling a home, cut down property taxes as a result of unreliable estimates, or market to potential clients when selling a property.
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What is a measurement or floorplan service?
Floorplan services are just what they sound like: Based on what you need, an appraiser will measure your house's dimensions and area, then draw a basic or highly detailed layout. The appraiser's report and floorplan is a document that can be used to prove the accurate Gross Living Area (GLA), the total livable area, of your home. These services are useful and often necessary when disputing property taxes or selling a property.
How do floorplan services work?
During a home measurement service, a certified appraiser takes measurements of your home with a measuring tool — either a tape measure or laser measuring device. As they walk the home, they make note of the layout of the rooms and other features, like stairs, patios, and fireplaces. They might sketch out the property. Then, the appraiser develops a report and detailed floorplan showing the total living area and the overall layout of the house. The finished report 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 needed?
Property tax records frequently reflect the wrong square footage because the values can come from several sources, and sometimes go unverified — which means you may be paying for more space than you own! Unless a certified appraiser has recently completed a valuation on your property (after any updating that may have affected square footage), you'll need one to perform a measurement service before disputing 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 paying more than your house is worth.
Selling a property
A home measurement 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 square footage values are often estimated rather than accurately measured, your listing might reflect less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it actually has. An inaccurate GLA not only reduces the potential selling price of your property, but possibly even the number of interested buyers. The only reliable method of using an accurate GLA when listing your home or property is to refer to a recent appraisal or measurement service performed by an appraiser (after any renovation that might have affected square footage).
For real estate professionals
To ensure that your client's home sells at a price that appropriately reflects true market value, we recommend asking for a measurement of the property. Your clients, and potential buyers, will be grateful for your thoroughness, and you can rest assured knowing the GLA on your client's listing is a true representation of their home. A floorplan can also be a great marketing tool for getting potential buyers interested since they can see the layout and attributes of the property before and after touring. Contact Ru Appraisals, LLC today to find out more about our home measurement and floorplan services.