Need your home measured or a floorplan for your property? Let Stephanie L. Duffy Appraisal Services help.
Our certified appraisers will provide you with an accurate measurement or floorplan of your property's dimensions to determine a fair value when buying or selling a home, cut property taxes as a result of incorrect estimates, or market to potential clients when selling real estate.
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What is a home measurement or floorplan service?
A floorplan service is just what it sounds like: Based on what you need, an appraiser will measure your property's dimensions and area, then draw a basic or highly detailed floorplan. 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 often essential when disputing property taxes or selling a property.
How does a home measurement or floorplan service work?
During a home measurement service, a certified appraiser measures your home or property with a measuring tool — generally a tape or laser measuring device. As they tour the property, they make note of the layout of the rooms and other features, like stairs, hallways, and pantries. They may sketch the property. Then, the appraiser creates a report and a more detailed floorplan showing the total area of the house and the overall layout. 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 documentation, home listings, and more.
When are measurement services required?
Tax records often reflect incorrect square footage because the values can come from several sources, and sometimes go unproven — meaning you may be paying for more space than you own! Unless an appraiser has performed a recent valuation or home measurement service on your property (after any remodeling that might have affected square footage), you'll need one to perform a measurement service before attempting to dispute what you're taxed. An appraiser determines 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 house is worth.
Putting a home on the market
A measurement service can secure a fair price for your house. Square footage is one of the biggest elements potential buyers consider when purchasing a home — but since square footage values are frequently approximated rather than accurately measured, your home listing might 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 reliable method of using a precise GLA when listing your property is to reference a recent appraisal or home measurement service executed by a certified appraiser (after any remodeling that might have affected square footage).
For real estate professionals
To ensure that your client's property sells at a price that accurately reflects true market value, we suggest seeking a floorplan service for the property. Clients, and potential buyers, will be grateful for your thoroughness, and you can rest assured knowing the GLA on your client's listing is a true representation of their home. A floorplan can also be an excellent marketing tool to attract potential buyers because they can see the layout and details of the property before and after touring. Get in touch with us to learn more about our home measurement and floorplan services.