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Our certified appraisers will provide you with an accurate floorplan of your property's dimensions to determine a fair value when buying or selling a home, reduce property taxes from incorrect public records, or market to possible clients when selling real estate.
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What are home measurement services?
A measurement service is just what it sounds like: An appraiser measures the dimensions and square footage of the property, then draws a basic or highly detailed floorplan based on what you need. The appraiser's report and floorplan is a form that can be used to prove the precise Gross Living Area (GLA), the sum of all livable area, of your home. These services are useful and often necessary when challenging property taxes or selling a property.
How do floorplan services work?
During a measurement service, a certified appraiser takes measurements of the property with a measuring tool — either a tape or laser measuring device. As they tour the home, they note the layout of the rooms and other features, like closets, entryways, and pantries. They might sketch out the property. Then, the appraiser writes up a report and detailed floorplan showing the total living area and the general layout of the house. The finished report is a document that can be used to prove certain details about your property — like the Gross Living Area (GLA) — on tax documentation, property listings, and more.
When is a measurement or floorplan service required?
Tax records often reflect incorrect area of a property because the values can come from various sources, and occasionally go unverified — meaning you may be taxed for more space than you own! Unless a certified appraiser has recently executed a valuation on your property (after any remodeling that might have affected square footage), you'll need an appraiser to perform a measurement service before contesting what you're taxed. An appraiser will determine an accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes reflect your actual square footage — and you can stop overpaying.
Selling a home or property
A home floorplan service can secure fair market value for your home. Living space is one of the most important elements potential buyers consider when purchasing a house — but since square footage values are frequently estimated rather than properly measured, your property listing might show less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it actually has. An inaccurate GLA could potentially decrease the price of the home as well as the number of potential buyers. The only reliable method of using a definitive GLA when listing your home or property is to reference a previous appraisal or measurement service completed by an appraiser (after any remodeling that may have affected square footage).
To make sure that your client's home closes at a price that accurately reflects true market value, we advise requesting a home measurement of the property. Your clients, and potential buyers, will be grateful for your attention to 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 wonderful marketing tool to interest potential buyers because they can see the layout and characteristics of the home before and after touring. Contact LHC Appraisals to find out more about our home measurement and floorplan services.
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