In need of measurement services? Let James Eastman help.
Our certified appraisers will give you an accurate measurement or floorplan of your home to help you determine a fair value when buying or selling a home, cut property taxes from unreliable public records, or market to possible clients when selling real estate.
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What is a home measurement or floorplan service?
Home measurement services are just what they sound like: Based on your needs, an appraiser will measure your home'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 a precise Gross Living Area (GLA), the total livable area, of your home. These services are helpful and sometimes essential when disputing property taxes or selling a property.
How do floorplan services work?
During a home measurement service, an appraiser takes measurements of the home or property with a measuring tool — generally a tape measure or laser measuring device. As they walk the house, they observe the layout of the rooms and other features, like closets, patios, and fireplaces. They may make a rough sketch of the property. Then, the appraiser creates a report and a more detailed sketch showing the total living area and the overall layout of the house. The result is a document that can be used to prove certain details about your property — like the Gross Living Area (GLA) — on tax documents, property listings, and more.
When are floorplan services required?
Real estate taxes
Property tax records often reflect the wrong area of a property because the values can come from various sources, and sometimes go unproven — meaning you may be taxed for more space than you have! Unless an appraiser has recently executed an evaluation on your property (after any remodeling that may have affected square footage), you'll need an appraiser to perform a measurement service before challenging your taxes. An appraiser will establish an 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 your home
A home measurement service can secure a fair price for your property. Square footage is one of the biggest elements potential buyers examine when purchasing a house — but since these values are frequently estimated rather than properly measured, your home listing may 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 potential buyers. The only dependable method of using a precise GLA when listing your home is to reference a previous appraisal or home measurement service performed by an appraiser (after any updating that may have affected square footage).
For real estate professionals
To ensure that your client's property sells at a price that correctly reflects market value, we recommend seeking a home measurement of the property. Clients, and potential buyers, will be grateful for your scrupulousness, 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 wonderful marketing tactic to entice potential buyers since they can see the layout and features of the house before and after a tour. Get in touch with us to learn more about our floorplan services.