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What are measurement services?
A measurement service is just what it sounds like: Based on what you want, an appraiser will measure the house's dimensions and square footage, then draw a basic or highly detailed floorplan. The appraiser's report and floorplan is a legal document 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 does a home measurement or floorplan service work?
During a measurement or floorplan service, a certified appraiser takes measurements of the property with a measuring tool — generally a tape measure or laser measuring device. As they move around the house, they make note of the layout of the rooms and other features, like stairs, entryways, and fireplaces. They may sketch the property. Then, the appraiser writes up a report and a more detailed sketch showing the total area and the overall layout of the house. The finished product is a legal document that can be used to prove certain details about your property — like the Gross Living Area (GLA) — on tax documentation, property listings, and more.
When are floorplan services needed?
Disputing property taxes
Property tax records often reflect the wrong area of a property because the values can come from many sources, and sometimes go unproven — meaning you may be taxed for more square footage than you have! Unless a certified appraiser has completed a recent evaluation or home measurement service on your property (after any updating that may have affected square footage), you'll need an appraiser to perform a measurement service before disputing your taxes. An appraiser determines 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 property is worth.
Putting your property on the market
A home measurement service can ensure that you're paid a fair price for your property. Living space is one of the biggest elements potential buyers consider when purchasing a home — but since these values are frequently approximated rather than properly measured, your home listing might 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 an accurate GLA when listing your property is to refer to a previous appraisal or measurement service completed by an appraiser (after any remodeling that may have affected square footage).
Information for real estate professionals
To ensure that your client's property sells at a price that appropriately reflects market value, we advise requesting a home measurement of the property. 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 floorplan can also be an excellent marketing tool for enticing potential buyers since they can see the layout and details of the house before and after touring. Contact Lanier Appraisal Service to find out more about our floorplan services.