In need of floorplan services? Let Dana O'Hara Smith help.
Our certified appraisers will give you an accurate measurement or floorplan of your property to assist in determining a fair value when buying or selling a home, reduce property taxes due to inaccurate public records, or market to possible buyers 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 want, an appraiser will measure your home's dimensions and square footage, then draw a basic or highly detailed floorplan. The appraiser's report and floorplan is a document that can be used to prove an accurate Gross Living Area (GLA), the total livable area, of your home. These services are useful and often necessary when challenging property taxes or selling a property.
How do home measurement services work?
During a home measurement service, an appraiser takes measurements of your property with a measuring tool — either a tape or laser measuring device. As they tour the house, they make note of the layout of the rooms and other features, like closets, patios, and fireplaces. They may sketch the property. Then, the appraiser writes up a report and a more detailed floorplan showing the total living area and the overall layout of the home. The final product 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?
Disputing property taxes
Tax records often reflect the wrong area of a property because the values can come from various sources, and occasionally go unverified — which means you may be paying for more space than you actually own! Unless an appraiser has performed a recent evaluation or measurement service on your property (after any updating that might have affected square footage), you'll need one to perform a home measurement service before challenging your taxes. An appraiser will verify 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 property is worth.
Selling a listing
A floorplan service will secure a fair price for your house. Square footage is one of the most important factors potential buyers examine when purchasing a house — but since these values are often approximated rather than accurately measured, your home listing may show less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it can take credit for. An inaccurate GLA could potentially decrease the selling price of the home as well as the number of potential buyers. The only sure method of using a definitive GLA when listing your home is to refer to a recent appraisal or home measurement service completed by a certified appraiser (after any remodeling that may have affected square footage).
Information for agents
To make certain that your client's home sells at a price that accurately reflects true market value, we recommend seeking a measurement of the property. Your clients, and potential buyers, will be grateful for your scrupulousness, 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 for getting potential buyers interested because they can view the layout and attributes of the property before and after a walkthrough. Get in touch to find out more about our home measurement and floorplan services.