Need your home measured or a floorplan for your property? Let Signature Appraisals help.
Home remodeling and inaccurate estimates on public records can affect a property's price — and its attractiveness to potential buyers. Let us give you an accurate estimation of property area to determine a fair value when purchasing a new property, selling to potential clients, or minimizing your property taxes.
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What are measurement services?
Measurement services are just what they sound like: Based on your requirements, an appraiser will measure the property's dimensions and square footage, then draw a basic or highly detailed layout. The appraiser's report and floorplan is a form that can be used to prove an accurate Gross Living Area (GLA), the total livable space, of your home. These services are helpful and sometimes necessary when disputing property taxes or selling a property.
How do floorplan services work?
During a home measurement service, an appraiser measures the home with a measuring tool — either a tape measure or laser measuring device. As they walk the home, they note the layout of the rooms and other features, like closets, hallways, and pantries. They may sketch the property. Then, the appraiser types up a report and detailed floorplan showing the total square footage and the overall 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 documentation, property listings, and more.
When are floorplan services necessary?
Property tax records frequently reflect incorrect area of a property because the values can come from several sources, and sometimes go unverified — which means you may be taxed for more space than you have! Unless a certified appraiser has completed a recent appraisal or home measurement service on your property (after any renovation that might have affected square footage), you'll need one to perform a measurement service before contesting your taxes. An appraiser verifies an accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes can reflect your actual square footage — and you can stop overpaying.
Selling a property
A measurement service can ensure that you're paid a fair price for your property. Living space is one of the most important elements potential buyers consider when purchasing a house — but since square footage values are frequently approximated rather than properly measured, your property listing might show less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it actually has. An inaccurate GLA could potentially reduce the price of your home as well as the number of interested buyers. The only sure method of using a precise GLA when listing your home is to refer to a previous appraisal or home measurement service completed by a certified appraiser (after any updating that may have affected square footage).
Material for real estate agents
To ensure that your client's home closes at a price that appropriately reflects market value, we advise seeking 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 for getting potential buyers interested since they can review the layout and features of the home before and after touring. Contact Signature Appraisals today to learn more about our floorplan services.