In need of floorplan services? Let Crosby and Company Appraisal, Inc. help.
Our certified appraisers can give you an accurate measurement of your home to assist in determining a fair value when buying or selling a home, lower property taxes from incorrect public records, or market to possible clients when selling real estate.
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What are home measurement services?
Measurement services are just what they sound like: An appraiser measures the dimensions and square footage of your property, then draws a basic or highly detailed floorplan based on your requirements. The appraiser's report and floorplan is a document 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 disputing property taxes or selling a property.
How does a home measurement or floorplan service work?
During a measurement service, an appraiser takes measurements of your home or property with a measuring tool — generally a tape measure or laser measuring device. As they walk the property, they make note of the layout of the rooms and other features, like stairs, patios, and pantries. They may draw a rough sketch of the property. Then, the appraiser creates a report and detailed floorplan showing the total area and the general layout of the house. 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 documents, property listings, and more.
When do I need a floorplan service?
Challenging property taxes
Property tax records often reflect the wrong square footage because the values can come from many sources, and sometimes go unverified — meaning you may be taxed for more square footage than you actually have! Unless an appraiser has recently executed an evaluation on your property (after any renovation that might have affected square footage), you'll need one to perform a measurement service before challenging your taxes. An appraiser determines the accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes reflect your actual square footage — and you can stop overpaying.
Putting a property on the market
A floorplan service will secure fair market value for your home. Area is one of the biggest elements potential buyers look for when purchasing a house — but since these values are frequently approximated rather than accurately measured, your listing might show less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it actually has. An inaccurate GLA could potentially reduce the selling price of your home as well as the number of interested buyers. The only dependable method of using an accurate GLA when listing your home or property is to reference a recent appraisal or home measurement service performed by a certified appraiser (after any remodeling that might have affected square footage).
Material for agents
To make certain that your client's property closes at a price that appropriately reflects market value, we advise asking for a floorplan service for the property. Your clients, and especially potential buyers, will be grateful for your eye for detail, and you can rest assured knowing the GLA on your client's listing is truly representative of their home. A measurement can also be a fantastic marketing tool to interest potential buyers because they can review the layout and characteristics of the property before and after touring. Contact Crosby and Company Appraisal, Inc. today to find out more about our floorplan services.