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Home remodeling and inaccurate valuations on public records will affect a property's value — and a buyer's interest in it. Let our appraisers give you an accurate measurement of property size to establish a fair, unbiased value when purchasing a new property, selling to potential clients, or reducing property taxes.
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What are floorplan services?
Floorplan services are just what they sound like: Based on your requirements, an appraiser will measure the 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 a precise Gross Living Area (GLA), the sum of all livable space, of your home. These services are useful and often essential when disputing property taxes or selling a property.
How does a floorplan service work?
During a home measurement service, a certified appraiser measures the home with a measuring tool — generally a tape or laser measuring device. As they tour the home, they make note of the layout of the rooms and other features, like closets, hallways, and pantries. They might make a rough sketch of the property. Then, the appraiser types up a report and detailed floorplan showing the total area and the overall layout of the home. The finished report 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 should I get a floorplan service?
Challenging property taxes
Tax records frequently reflect incorrect square footage because the values can come from various sources, and sometimes go unproven — meaning you may be taxed for more space than you have! Unless an appraiser has recently executed 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 dispute your taxes. An appraiser will establish 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 house is worth.
Selling a property
A floorplan service can secure a fair price for your property. Area is one of the most important factors potential buyers consider when purchasing a house — but since square footage values are often approximated rather than accurately measured, your home listing may reflect less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it can take credit for. An inaccurate GLA not only reduces the selling price of your home, but possibly even the number of interested buyers. The only reliable method of using an accurate GLA when listing your home or property is to reference a previous appraisal or measurement service carried out by an appraiser (after any updating that may have affected square footage).
For real estate agents
To make sure 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 be grateful for your scrupulousness, and you can rest assured knowing the GLA on your client's listing is a true representation of their home. A floorplan can also be a great marketing tool to interest potential buyers because they can view the layout and features of the house before and after touring. Contact us today to find out more about our home measurement and floorplan services.