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Our certified appraisers can give you an accurate measurement of your property to establish a fair value when buying or selling a home, reduce property taxes due to unreliable public records, or market to possible buyers when selling real estate.
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What is a measurement or floorplan service?
A home measurement service is just what it sounds like: Based on what you want, an appraiser will measure your home's dimensions and square footage, then draw a basic or highly detailed layout. The appraiser's report and floorplan is a document that can be used to prove the precise Gross Living Area (GLA), the sum of all livable space, of your home. These services are useful and sometimes essential when challenging property taxes or selling a property.
How does a home measurement or floorplan service work?
During a home measurement or floorplan service, an appraiser measures your home with a measuring tool — generally a tape measure or laser measuring device. As they walk the house, they make note of the layout of the rooms and other features, like stairs, entryways, and pantries. They might sketch out the property. Then, the appraiser writes up a report and detailed sketch showing the total living area and the overall layout of the house. The final product is a 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 is a home measurement or floorplan service needed?
Tax records often reflect the wrong area of a property because the values can come from various sources, and occasionally go unverified — which means you may be paying for more square footage than you actually own! Unless an appraiser has recently performed a valuation on your property (after any updating that may have affected square footage), you'll need one to perform a measurement service before disputing 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.
Putting a home up for sale
A floorplan service will ensure that you're paid fair market value for your property. Living space is one of the most important factors potential buyers consider when purchasing a home — but since these values are frequently approximated rather than properly measured, your listing might show less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it can take credit for. An inaccurate GLA could potentially decrease the price of your property as well as the number of interested buyers. The only reliable method of using a precise GLA when listing your home is to reference a recent appraisal or measurement service carried out by a certified appraiser (after any updating that may have affected square footage).
Information for real estate agents
To ensure that your client's home sells at a price that correctly reflects true market value, we suggest requesting a floorplan service for the property. Your clients, and potential buyers, will be grateful for your scrupulousness, 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 an excellent marketing tactic for attracting potential buyers since they can see the layout and features of the property before and after a showing. Contact Think Tank Appraisal today to learn more about our floorplan services.