Needing a home measured?
Our certified appraisers can give you an accurate measurement or floor plan of your property's dimensions to establish a fair value when buying or selling a home, cut down property taxes as a result of incorrect public records, or market to possible clients when selling real estate.
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What is a home measurement service?
Home measurement services are just what they sound like: Based on what you need, an appraiser will measure the property's dimensions and square footage, then provide a computer generated sketch showing the basic layout of the home. The appraiser's report is a form that can be used to prove an 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 or floorplan service work?
During a measurement, a certified appraiser measures the home with a measuring tool — either a tape or laser measuring device. As they move around the house, they make note of the layout of the rooms and other features, like stairs, hallways, and pantries. They might make a rough sketch of the property. Then, the appraiser develops a more detailed report showing the total living area and the general layout of the house. The finished 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. This is a very important service for home owners and real estate agents. By having an accurate square footage measurement, you or your agent can more accurately price your home for sale.
When do I need a measurement service?
Disputing property taxes
Property tax records frequently reflect inaccurate area of a property because the values can come from many sources, and occasionally go unverified — which means you may be paying for more space than you own! Unless an appraiser has executed a recent evaluation or home measurement service on your property (after any renovation that might have affected square footage), you'll need an appraiser to perform a measurement service before disputing your taxes. An appraiser verifies an 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 property is worth.
Marketing a home or property
A home measurement service will secure fair market value for your property. Square footage is one of the most important factors potential buyers look for when purchasing a house — but since these values are frequently estimated rather than accurately measured, your listing might show less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it can take credit for. 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 a precise GLA when listing your home or property is to reference a recent appraisal or home measurement service completed by an appraiser (after any renovation that may have affected square footage).
For real estate agents
To ensure that your client's property closes at a price that appropriately reflects true market value, we recommend asking for a measurement service for the property. Clients, and potential buyers, will appreciate your attentiveness, and you can be certain that the GLA on your client's listing is truly representative of their home. A measurement can be a wonderful marketing tool for getting potential buyers interested since they can review the general layout and attributes of the house before and after touring. Get in touch to find out more about our measurement services.