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Home remodeling and inaccurate estimates on public records will affect a property's price — and its attractiveness to potential buyers. Let Sharp Appraisals give you an accurate calculation of property dimensions to establish a fair, unbiased value when purchasing a property, marketing a property to potential clients, or minimizing property taxes.
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What are measurement services?
A measurement service is just what it sounds like: An appraiser measures the dimensions and area of the property, then draws a basic or highly detailed floorplan based on your requirements. The appraiser's report and floorplan is a document that can be used to prove a precise Gross Living Area (GLA), the total livable area, of your home. These services are helpful and often necessary when challenging property taxes or selling a property.
How do measurement services work?
During a measurement or floorplan service, an appraiser measures the home with a measuring tool — generally a tape measure or laser measuring device. As they move around the property, they mark the layout of the rooms and other features, like stairs, hallways, and pantries. They might sketch the property. Then, the appraiser writes up a report and a more detailed sketch showing the total area and the general layout of the house. The finished report is a document that can be used to prove certain specs of your property — like the Gross Living Area (GLA) — on tax documents, property 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 recently completed a valuation on your property (after any updating that might have affected square footage), you'll need an appraiser to perform a measurement service before disputing what you're taxed. An appraiser assesses an 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.
Selling your home
A home floorplan service can ensure that you're paid a fair price for your house. Square footage is one of the most important elements potential buyers consider when purchasing a house — but since square footage values are often estimated rather than accurately measured, your home listing might show less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it actually has. An inaccurate GLA could potentially decrease the price of your home as well as the number of potential buyers. The only sure method of using a precise GLA when listing your property is to refer to a recent appraisal or home measurement service performed by an appraiser (after any renovation that may have affected square footage).
For real estate professionals
To ensure that your client's home sells at a price that properly reflects market value, we advise asking for a measurement of the property. Your clients, and potential buyers, will appreciate your thoroughness, and you can be certain that the GLA on your client's listing is a true representation of their home. A measurement can also be a great marketing tactic to entice potential buyers since they can see the layout and characteristics of the home before and after touring. Contact us today to learn more about our floorplan services.