In need of measurement services? Let LHC Appraisals help.
Home remodels and inaccurate estimates on public records will affect a property's price — and its attractiveness to potential buyers. Let our appraisers give you a reliable calculation of property dimensions to establish a fair, unbiased value when purchasing a home, selling to potential clients, or minimizing property taxes.
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What is a measurement or floorplan service?
A measurement service is just what it sounds like: Based on what you want, an appraiser will measure the house's dimensions and area, then draw a basic or highly detailed floorplan. The appraiser's report and floorplan is a document that can be used to prove a precise Gross Living Area (GLA), the sum of all livable space, of your home. These services are useful and sometimes essential 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 — either a tape or laser measuring device. As they tour the property, they note the layout of the rooms and other features, like stairs, entryways, and pantries. They might sketch out the property. Then, the appraiser writes up a report and a more 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 documentation, home listings, and more.
When is a measurement or floorplan service required?
Real estate taxes
Property tax records frequently reflect the wrong area of a property because the values can come from several sources, and occasionally go unverified — which means you may be paying for more space than you actually own! Unless a certified appraiser has executed a recent valuation or measurement service on your property (after any updating that may have affected square footage), you'll need one to perform a home measurement service before challenging your taxes. An appraiser assesses the accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes reflect the actual square footage — and you can stop paying more than your property is worth.
Putting your home on the market
A home measurement service can secure fair market value for your home. Area is one of the biggest factors potential buyers consider when purchasing a home — but since these values are often approximated rather than accurately measured, your property listing might reflect less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it can take credit for. An inaccurate GLA not only decreases the potential selling price for your home, but possibly even the number of interested buyers. The only sure method of using a definitive GLA when listing your home is to refer to a previous appraisal or measurement service performed by a certified appraiser (after any renovation that may have affected square footage).
To ensure that your client's home sells at a price that accurately reflects market value, we advise asking for a floorplan service for the property. Clients, and especially potential buyers, will appreciate your scrupulousness, and you can rest assured knowing the GLA on your client's listing is truly representative 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 home before and after a walkthrough. Contact us today to find out more about our home measurement and floorplan services.
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