Do you really know how large your home is? Let us help! It could impact the value of your home.
Did you know that most courthouse records are inaccurate when it comes to the square footage of your home. Square footage is the LEADING influence on your home's value. We offer quick and reasonably priced measurement services of your home. Who better to do this than an Appraiser? We measure homes every single day and Realtors can legally quote square footage if an Appraiser Sketch is in hand. So let the professionals provide you with an accurate measurement of your home. Each level will be measured by a very precise DISTO laser measurement tool and APEX sketch plan software to produce the end product.
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What are measurement services?
A measurement service is just what it sounds like: An Appraiser will measure the house's dimensions and square footage, then draw a detailed floorplan. The Appraiser's report and floorplan is a legal document that can be used to prove accurate Gross Living Area/Square Footage. REALTORS cannot quote square footage unless they have a source such as an Appraisal or Sketch by an Appraiser. The Sketch of your home is also helpful and sometimes necessary when disputing property taxes.
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, we use a very accurate Disto 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 sketch out the property while there. Then, the Appraiser using a Sketching Software program, will draw the sketch showing which will show the dimensions of the outside walls 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!
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 most significant 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.