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Our certified appraisers can give you an accurate measurement of your property to ascertain a fair value when buying or selling a home, lower property taxes from inaccurate public records, or market to potential buyers when selling a property.
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What are home measurement services?
Home measurement services are just what they sound like: An appraiser measures the dimensions and square footage of your 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 a precise Gross Living Area (GLA), the sum of all livable space, of your home. These services are useful and sometimes essential when disputing property taxes or selling a property.
How does a measurement service work?
During a home measurement service, a certified appraiser measures the property with a measuring tool — generally a tape measure or laser measuring device. As they tour the property, they notate the layout of the rooms and other features, like stairs, patios, and pantries. They might sketch the property. Then, the appraiser creates a report and a more detailed sketch showing the total living area and the general layout of the home. The result is a document that can be used to prove certain specs of your property — like the Gross Living Area (GLA) — on tax documents, home listings, and more.
When do I need a measurement service?
Disputing property taxes
Property tax records often reflect inaccurate area of a property because the values can come from several sources, and occasionally go unverified — meaning you may be taxed for more square footage than you own! Unless a certified appraiser has recently executed a valuation on your property (after any renovation that might have affected square footage), you'll need one to perform a measurement service before disputing what you're taxed. An appraiser verifies an accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes reflect your actual square footage — and you can stop overpaying.
Putting your home up for sale
A measurement service can ensure that you're paid fair market value for your house. Square footage 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 listing may show less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it actually has. An inaccurate GLA not only decreases the selling price of your property, but possibly even the amount of interested buyers. The only reliable method of using a precise GLA when listing your property is to refer to a recent appraisal or measurement service completed by a certified appraiser (after any updating that may have affected square footage).
Material for agents
To make certain that your client's property sells at a price that accurately reflects market value, we recommend requesting a floorplan service for the property. Clients, and especially potential buyers, will appreciate your attentiveness, and you can be confident in knowing the GLA on your client's listing is a true representation of their home. A measurement can also be an excellent marketing tool for enticing potential buyers because they can view the layout and characteristics of the house before and after a showing. Contact us to find out more about our floorplan services.