Needing your home measured? Let Little & Associates help.
Our certified appraisers can provide you with an accurate floorplan of your home to establish a fair value when buying or selling a home, cut down property taxes as a result of inaccurate public records, or market to possible buyers when selling real estate.
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What are measurement services?
Floorplan services are just what they sound like: Based on your needs, an appraiser will measure your home's dimensions and square footage, then draw a basic or highly detailed layout. 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 often necessary when challenging property taxes or selling a property.
How do home measurement services work?
During a home measurement service, a certified appraiser takes measurements of your property with a measuring tool — either a tape or laser measuring device. As they walk the house, they note the layout of the rooms and other features, like stairs, patios, and fireplaces. They may sketch out the property. Then, the appraiser develops a report and detailed sketch showing the total area and the general layout of the home. The result 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 is a home measurement or floorplan service required?
Property tax records often reflect incorrect square footage because the values can come from several sources, and sometimes go unverified — which means you may be taxed for more square footage than you actually have! Unless an appraiser has performed a recent appraisal or measurement service on your property (after any renovation that may have affected square footage), you'll need one to perform a home measurement service before disputing your taxes. 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.
Putting a property up for sale
A floorplan service will ensure that you're paid a fair price for your home. Square footage is one of the most important factors potential buyers look for when purchasing a house — but since these values are often approximated rather than accurately measured, your property listing might show less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it actually has. An inaccurate GLA not only reduces the potential selling price of your property, but possibly even the number of interested buyers. The only dependable method of using a precise GLA when listing your property is to reference a recent appraisal or measurement service carried out by a certified appraiser (after any renovation that may have affected square footage).
Information for real estate agents
To ensure that your client's property sells at a price that properly reflects true market value, we advise requesting a home measurement of the property. Clients, and especially potential buyers, will be grateful for your thoroughness, and you can be assured that the GLA on your client's listing is a true representation of their home. A measurement can also be a fantastic marketing tactic to interest potential buyers since they can see the layout and features of the home before and after touring. Contact Little & Associates today to find out more about our measurement services.