In need of measurement services? Let Accelerated Appraisal Source help.
Our certified appraisers can provide you with an accurate measurement of your home to help you establish a fair value when buying or selling a home, cut property taxes due to unreliable estimates, or market to possible buyers when selling a property.
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What is a home measurement or floorplan service?
Home measurement services are just what they sound like: An appraiser measures the dimensions and area of a 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 a precise Gross Living Area (GLA), the total 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 or floorplan service, an appraiser measures the home or property with a measuring tool — generally a tape or laser measuring device. As they tour the home, they note the layout of the rooms and other features, like stairs, hallways, and fireplaces. They might sketch out the property. Then, the appraiser creates a report and detailed sketch showing the total square footage and the general layout of the home. The finished report is a document that can be used to prove certain specs of your property — like the Gross Living Area (GLA) — on tax documents, home listings, and more.
When is a home measurement or floorplan service needed?
Disputing property taxes
Property tax records frequently reflect incorrect area of a property because the values can come from many sources, and sometimes go unproven — which means you may be taxed for more square footage than you have! Unless a certified appraiser has executed a recent valuation or measurement service on your property (after any renovation that might have affected square footage), you'll need one to perform a home measurement service before challenging what you're taxed. An appraiser will determine an accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes can reflect your actual square footage — and you can stop paying more than your house is worth.
Putting your property on the market
A floorplan service can ensure that you're paid a fair price for your home. Living space is one of the most important factors potential buyers consider when purchasing a home — but since square footage values are frequently estimated rather than accurately measured, your listing might show less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it can take credit for. An inaccurate GLA not only reduces the selling price for your home, but possibly even the amount of interested buyers. The only dependable method of using a definitive GLA when listing your home is to refer to a previous appraisal or home measurement service carried out by a certified appraiser (after any remodeling that might have affected square footage).
Information for real estate agents
To ensure that your client's home closes at a price that properly reflects market value, we recommend asking for a measurement of the property. Your clients, and especially potential buyers, will appreciate your attentiveness, and you can be assured that the GLA on your client's listing is truly representative of their home. A measurement can also be a great marketing tool for getting potential buyers interested since they can view the layout and details of the house before and after a tour. Contact us today to learn more about our measurement services.