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Our certified appraisers can give you an accurate measurement or floorplan of your home to establish a fair value when buying or selling a home, lower property taxes as a result of incorrect estimates, or market to possible clients when selling a property.
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What are floorplan services?
Floorplan services are just what they sound like: Based on what you need, an appraiser will measure your house's dimensions and square footage, then draw a basic or highly detailed layout. 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 sometimes necessary when challenging property taxes or selling a property.
How do floorplan services work?
During a floorplan service, an appraiser measures your home with a measuring tool — generally a tape measure or laser measuring device. As they move around the property, they note the layout of the rooms and other features, like closets, entryways, and fireplaces. They might sketch the property. Then, the appraiser develops a report and a more detailed sketch showing the total area and the overall layout of the home. The result 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 measurement or floorplan service needed?
Real estate taxes
Property tax records often reflect inaccurate area of a property because the values can come from many sources, and occasionally go unverified — meaning you may be paying for more space than you have! Unless a certified appraiser has executed a recent evaluation or measurement service 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 dispute what you're taxed. An appraiser verifies 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.
Putting a property up for sale
A measurement service will ensure that you're paid a fair price for your home. Living space is one of the most important factors potential buyers look for when purchasing a house — but since square footage values are often approximated rather than accurately measured, your property listing may reflect less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it actually has. An inaccurate GLA could potentially decrease the selling price of the home as well as the number of interested buyers. The only sure method of using a precise GLA when listing your property is to reference a previous appraisal or measurement service completed by a certified appraiser (after any remodeling that might have affected square footage).
For real estate agents
To ensure that your client's home closes at a price that properly reflects true market value, we suggest requesting a floorplan service for the property. Your clients, and potential buyers, will be grateful for your attentiveness, and you can be confident in knowing the GLA on your client's listing is a true representation of their home. A floorplan can also be a wonderful marketing tool for enticing potential buyers since they can view the layout and details of the property before and after a walkthrough. Get in touch to find out more about our floorplan services.