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Home remodeling and poor estimates on public records will affect a property's price — and a potential buyer's interest in it. Let Brooks Appraisal Services give you a reliable measurement of property dimensions to establish a fair, unbiased value when acquiring a new home, marketing a property to potential clients, or minimizing your property taxes.
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What is a home measurement or floorplan service?
Floorplan services are just what they sound like: Based on what you want, an appraiser will measure the house's dimensions and square footage, then draw a basic or highly detailed layout. The appraiser's report and floorplan is a legal document that can be used to prove a precise Gross Living Area (GLA), the total livable space, of your home. These services are useful and often necessary when challenging property taxes or selling a property.
How does a measurement service work?
During a home measurement or floorplan service, a certified appraiser takes measurements of the property with a measuring tool — generally a tape or laser measuring device. As they move around the property, they mark the layout of the rooms and other features, like stairs, hallways, and pantries. They might sketch out the property. Then, the appraiser creates a report and a more detailed sketch showing the total square footage of the home and the general layout. The result is a legal 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 necessary?
Real estate taxes
Property tax records frequently reflect the wrong area of a property because the values can come from various sources, and occasionally go unproven — meaning you may be taxed for more square footage than you own! Unless an appraiser has recently performed an evaluation on your property (after any remodeling that may have affected square footage), you'll need an appraiser to perform a measurement service before attempting to challenge your taxes. An appraiser assesses an 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.
Selling a home or property
A floorplan service will secure fair market value for your house. Living space is one of the most important elements potential buyers look for when purchasing a home — but since square footage values are frequently estimated 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 the property as well as the number of potential buyers. The only guaranteed method of using a definitive GLA when listing your home or property is to refer to a recent appraisal or measurement service executed by a certified appraiser (after any remodeling that may have affected square footage).
To make sure that your client's home closes at a price that properly reflects true market value, we recommend seeking a floorplan service for the property. Your clients, and potential buyers, will be grateful for your attention to detail, and you can rest assured knowing the GLA on your client's listing is a true representation of their home. A measurement can also be a wonderful marketing tactic for attracting potential buyers since they can view the layout and attributes of the home before and after touring. Contact us to find out more about our measurement services.