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Our certified appraisers can give you an accurate measurement of your home's dimensions to assist in determining a fair value when buying or selling a home, cut down property taxes from incorrect public records, or market to possible buyers when selling a property.
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What are measurement services?
Floorplan services are just what they sound like: Based on what you need, an appraiser will measure your property'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 an accurate Gross Living Area (GLA), the sum of all livable area, of your home. These services are helpful and often essential when challenging property taxes or selling a property.
How does a home measurement or floorplan service work?
During a floorplan service, a certified appraiser measures the home or property 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, patios, and pantries. They might sketch the property. Then, the appraiser types up a report and a more detailed floorplan showing the total living area and the general layout of the house. The finished product is a document that can be used to prove certain details about your property — like the Gross Living Area (GLA) — on tax documentation, home listings, and more.
When should I get a floorplan service?
Tax records frequently reflect the wrong square footage because the values can come from many sources, and occasionally go unverified — which means you may be taxed for more space than you have! Unless an appraiser has executed a recent valuation or home measurement service on your property (after any renovation that might have affected square footage), you'll need one to perform a home measurement service before contesting what you're taxed. An appraiser determines an 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.
Selling a property
A measurement service can ensure that you're paid fair market value for your property. Square footage is one of the most important elements potential buyers examine when purchasing a house — but since these values are frequently approximated rather than properly measured, your property listing might reflect less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it can take credit for. An inaccurate GLA could potentially reduce the price of your home as well as the number of interested buyers. The only reliable method of using an accurate GLA when listing your property is to reference a recent appraisal or measurement service carried out by a certified appraiser (after any updating that might have affected square footage).
To ensure that your client's property sells at a price that accurately reflects true market value, we recommend seeking a measurement of the property. Clients, and especially potential buyers, will appreciate your thoroughness, and you can be assured that the GLA on your client's listing is truly representative of their home. A floorplan can also be a wonderful marketing tactic to entice potential buyers because they can see the layout and characteristics of the home before and after a showing. Contact Dawson Appraisal Services today to find out more about our measurement services.