Needing your home measured? Let us help.
Home remodels and poor estimates on public records can affect a property's price — and its attractiveness to buyers. Let us give you an accurate calculation of property area to establish a fair value when purchasing a property, marketing a property to potential clients, or reducing property taxes.
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What are floorplan services?
A measurement service is just what it sounds like: An appraiser measures the dimensions and square footage of a property, then draws a basic or highly detailed layout based on your requirements. The appraiser's report and floorplan is a document that can be used to prove the precise Gross Living Area (GLA), the total livable space, of your home. These services are useful and sometimes necessary 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 property with a measuring tool — generally a tape measure or laser measuring device. As they tour the house, they notate the layout of the rooms and other features, like stairs, patios, and pantries. They might sketch the property. Then, the appraiser develops a report and detailed floorplan showing the total living area of the home and the overall layout. The resulting report is a 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 is a measurement or floorplan service needed?
Disputing real estate taxes
Tax records frequently reflect incorrect square footage because the values can come from several sources, and occasionally go unproven — which means you may be paying for more square footage than you own! Unless a certified appraiser has recently executed an evaluation on your property (after any updating that might have affected square footage), you'll need an appraiser to perform a home measurement service before attempting to challenge what you're taxed. An appraiser will establish the accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes can reflect the actual square footage — and you can stop paying more than your property is worth.
Putting your home on the market
A measuring service can secure a fair price for your house. Area is one of the biggest factors potential buyers consider when purchasing a house — but since square footage values are frequently estimated rather than accurately measured, your property listing might show less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it actually has. An inaccurate GLA not only decreases the selling price for your property, but possibly even the amount of interested buyers. The only reliable method of using an accurate GLA when listing your property is to refer to a previous appraisal or home measurement service performed by a certified appraiser (after any updating that may have affected square footage).
Information for real estate professionals
To ensure that your client's home sells at a price that correctly reflects market value, we advise seeking a floorplan service for the property. Clients, and potential buyers, will appreciate your attentiveness, and you can be confident in knowing the GLA on your client's listing is truly representative of their home. A floorplan can also be a fantastic marketing tool for enticing potential buyers because they can see the layout and details of the property before and after a tour. Contact Coastal Property Appraisals today to learn more about our measurement services.