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Home remodels and poor estimates on public records can affect a property's price — and its attractiveness to potential buyers. Let our appraisers give you an accurate calculation of property size to establish a fair, unbiased value when purchasing a new home, selling to potential clients, or reducing property taxes.
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What is a measurement or floorplan service?
Floorplan services are just what they sound like: Based on what you want, an appraiser will measure your home's dimensions and square footage, then draw a basic or highly detailed floorplan. The appraiser's report and floorplan is a form that can be used to prove the accurate Gross Living Area (GLA), the sum of all livable area, of your home. These services are useful and often necessary when disputing property taxes or selling a property.
How does a home measurement service work?
During a home measurement service, an appraiser measures your home or property with a measuring tool — either a tape measure or laser measuring device. As they walk the house, they note the layout of the rooms and other features, like closets, entryways, and pantries. They might sketch out the property. Then, the appraiser writes up a report and detailed sketch showing the total living area of the house and the general layout. The final product 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 are floorplan services required?
Real estate taxes
Tax records often reflect incorrect square footage because the values can come from various sources, and occasionally go unproven — meaning you may be taxed for more space than you actually have! Unless a certified appraiser has completed a recent appraisal or home measurement service on your property (after any updating that may have affected square footage), you'll need an appraiser to perform a measurement service before attempting to dispute what you're taxed. An appraiser will verify the accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes reflect the actual square footage — and you can stop paying more than your property is worth.
Marketing a home or property
A measurement service can ensure that you're paid a fair price for your house. Area is one of the most important factors potential buyers consider when purchasing a home — but since these values are frequently approximated rather than accurately measured, your property listing may show 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 reliable method of using an accurate GLA when listing your home is to reference a recent appraisal or home measurement service carried out by an appraiser (after any renovation that might have affected square footage).
For real estate agents
To ensure that your client's property sells at a price that properly reflects market value, we suggest requesting a floorplan service for the property. Your clients, and especially potential buyers, will appreciate your thoroughness, and you can rest assured knowing the GLA on your client's listing is truly representative of their home. A measurement can also be a wonderful marketing tactic to interest potential buyers since they can review the layout and characteristics of the property before and after touring. Contact JRN Appraisals Corp. to find out more about our floorplan services.