Need your home measured or a floorplan for your property? Let GDB Appraisal Services, Inc help.
Home remodeling and inaccurate estimates on public records will affect a property's value — and a buyer's interest in it. Let our appraisers give you an accurate evaluation of property area to determine a fair value when buying a home, selling to potential clients, or reducing your property taxes.
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What are floorplan services?
A home measurement 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 form that can be used to prove the precise Gross Living Area (GLA), the total livable area, of your home. These services are helpful and sometimes necessary when challenging property taxes or selling a property.
How do measurement services work?
During a floorplan service, an appraiser takes measurements of your home with a measuring tool — either a tape measure or laser measuring device. As they walk the property, they note the layout of the rooms and other features, like stairs, entryways, and fireplaces. They might sketch out the property. Then, the appraiser types up a report and detailed floorplan showing the total square footage of the house and the general layout. The completed report is a document that can be used to prove certain specs of your property — like the Gross Living Area (GLA) — on tax documentation, property listings, and more.
When are floorplan services necessary?
Property tax records frequently reflect the wrong square footage because the values can come from many sources, and sometimes go unverified — which means you may be taxed for more square footage than you have! Unless a certified appraiser has recently performed a valuation on your property (after any remodeling that might have affected square footage), you'll need an appraiser to perform a home measurement service before attempting to dispute your taxes. An appraiser will establish the accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes reflect your actual square footage — and you can stop paying more than your property is worth.
Selling a home or property
A home measurement service can secure fair market value for your property. Area is one of the most important elements potential buyers look for when purchasing a house — but since square footage values are often approximated rather than properly measured, your property listing may show less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it can take credit for. An inaccurate GLA could potentially reduce the price of the property as well as the number of interested buyers. The only dependable method of using a definitive GLA when listing your home is to reference a recent appraisal or measurement service completed by an appraiser (after any remodeling that might have affected square footage).
Information for real estate professionals
To ensure that your client's property closes at a price that accurately reflects true market value, we recommend seeking a measurement of the property. Your clients, and especially potential buyers, will appreciate your thoroughness, 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 fantastic marketing tactic to attract potential buyers because they can view the layout and details of the house before and after touring. Contact GDB Appraisal Services, Inc today to find out more about our measurement services.