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Our certified appraisers will give you an accurate measurement of your home to establish a fair value when buying or selling a home, reduce property taxes from unreliable public records, or market to potential clients when selling a property.

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What are floorplan services?

A measurement service is just what it sounds like: Based on what you need, 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 the precise Gross Living Area (GLA), the sum of all livable space, of your home. These services are useful and sometimes necessary when challenging property taxes or selling a property.

How does a home measurement or floorplan service work?

During a floorplan service, a certified appraiser takes measurements of your home with a measuring tool — either a tape measure or laser measuring device. As they walk the house, they observe the layout of the rooms and other features, like stairs, patios, and fireplaces. They might sketch the property. Then, the appraiser develops a report and a more detailed sketch showing the total living area and the general layout of the home. The completed 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 should I get a measurement service?

Challenging property taxes

Property tax records frequently reflect the wrong area of a property because the values can come from many sources, and sometimes go unproven — meaning you may be taxed for more square footage than you own! Unless an appraiser has recently performed an evaluation on your property (after any updating that might have affected square footage), you'll need one to perform a home measurement service before contesting your taxes. An appraiser will establish the accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes reflect the actual square footage — and you can stop overpaying.

Selling a listing

A home measurement service will ensure that you're paid fair market value for your property. Area is one of the most important elements potential buyers examine when purchasing a house — but since these values are often estimated rather than accurately measured, your listing may show less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it actually has. An inaccurate GLA could potentially reduce the price of the home as well as the number of potential buyers. The only dependable method of using an accurate GLA when listing your property is to refer to a previous appraisal or home measurement service executed by a certified appraiser (after any updating that may have affected square footage).

For real estate professionals

To ensure that your client's property closes at a price that appropriately reflects true market value, we advise asking for a floorplan service for the property. Clients, and especially 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 great marketing tool for enticing potential buyers since they can view the layout and attributes of the property before and after a walkthrough. Contact us to learn more about our measurement services.