Need your home measured or a floorplan for your property? Let Towne Appraisals help.
Home remodeling and inaccurate estimates on public records can affect a property's value — and a potential buyer's interest in it. Let us give you a reliable calculation of property area to determine a fair value when purchasing a home, selling to potential clients, or reducing property taxes.
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What is a measurement or floorplan service?
A floorplan service is just what it sounds like: Based on what you want, an appraiser will measure the property's dimensions and area, then draw a basic or highly detailed floorplan. The appraiser's report and floorplan is a document that can be used to prove the precise Gross Living Area (GLA), the total livable area, of your home. These services are useful and sometimes essential when disputing property taxes or selling a property.
How do measurement services work?
During a home measurement or floorplan service, a certified appraiser takes measurements of the home with a measuring tool — either a tape or laser measuring device. As they tour the property, they notate the layout of the rooms and other features, like closets, patios, and fireplaces. They might sketch out the property. Then, the appraiser creates a report and a more detailed sketch showing the total square footage and the overall layout of the home. The result is a document that can be used to prove certain details about your property — like the Gross Living Area (GLA) — on tax documentation, home listings, and more.
When is a home measurement or floorplan service required?
Disputing property taxes
Property tax records frequently reflect incorrect square footage because the values can come from various sources, and occasionally go unverified — which means you may be taxed for more square footage than you actually have! Unless a certified appraiser has recently performed a valuation on your property (after any remodeling that may have affected square footage), you'll need one to perform a measurement service before challenging what you're taxed. An appraiser determines an accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes reflect the actual square footage — and you can stop overpaying.
Selling your home
A measuring service will ensure that you're paid fair market value for your property. Living space is one of the biggest elements potential buyers look for when purchasing a house — but since square footage values are frequently approximated rather than properly measured, your home listing might reflect less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it can take credit for. An inaccurate GLA not only decreases the selling price of your property, but possibly even the number of interested buyers. The only dependable method of using an accurate GLA when listing your home or property is to reference a previous appraisal or measurement service performed by a certified appraiser (after any remodeling that may have affected square footage).
Information for agents
To make sure that your client's home sells at a price that correctly reflects true market value, we advise asking for a measurement of the property. Your clients, and potential buyers, will be grateful for your attention to detail, 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 a fantastic marketing tactic to entice potential buyers because they can see the layout and characteristics of the house before and after a walkthrough. Contact Towne Appraisals today to find out more about our floorplan services.