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What are floorplan services?
Floorplan 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 layout based on what you need. 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 area, of your home. These services are helpful and sometimes necessary when disputing property taxes or selling a property.
How does a home measurement or floorplan service work?
During a home measurement service, an appraiser takes measurements of the home with a measuring tool — either a tape or laser measuring device. As they walk the property, they observe the layout of the rooms and other features, like closets, entryways, and fireplaces. They may draw a rough sketch of the property. Then, the appraiser writes up a report and a more detailed sketch showing the total square footage of the house and the general layout. The completed report 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 are floorplan services needed?
Challenging property taxes
Property tax records frequently reflect incorrect square footage because the values can come from many sources, and occasionally go unproven — which means you may be paying for more space than you have! Unless an appraiser has completed a recent evaluation or measurement service on your property (after any updating that might have affected square footage), you'll need one to perform a home measurement service before disputing 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 paying more than your property is worth.
Selling a home or property
A floorplan service can ensure that you're paid a fair price for your home. Square footage is one of the most important elements potential buyers examine when purchasing a home — but since these values are frequently approximated rather than properly measured, your property listing may reflect less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it can take credit for. An inaccurate GLA could potentially decrease the selling price of the home as well as the number of interested buyers. The only dependable method of using a definitive GLA when listing your home is to reference a previous appraisal or home measurement service performed by an appraiser (after any updating that might have affected square footage).
To ensure that your client's home closes at a price that properly reflects true market value, we advise asking for a measurement of the property. Your clients, and especially potential buyers, will be grateful for your scrupulousness, and you can rest assured knowing the GLA on your client's listing is a true representation of their home. A floorplan can also be a wonderful marketing tactic to attract potential buyers since they can review the layout and attributes of the house before and after touring. Get in touch with us to find out more about our measurement services.
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