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Home remodeling and inaccurate valuations on public records will affect a property's price — and a buyer's interest in it. Let Forte Appraisal Service, Inc. give you a reliable calculation of property dimensions to establish a fair value when buying a new home, marketing a property to potential clients, or minimizing your property taxes.
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What are home measurement services?
A floorplan service is just what it sounds like: Based on what you need, an appraiser will measure your house's dimensions and area, then draw a basic or highly detailed layout. 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 space, of your home. These services are useful and sometimes necessary when disputing property taxes or selling a property.
How does a home measurement or floorplan service work?
During a home measurement or floorplan service, an appraiser measures the home with a measuring tool — generally a tape measure or laser measuring device. As they tour the property, they note the layout of the rooms and other features, like closets, hallways, and fireplaces. They might draw a rough sketch of the property. Then, the appraiser writes up a report and a more detailed sketch showing the total square footage and the overall layout of the house. The result is a document that can be used to prove certain specs of your property — like the Gross Living Area (GLA) — on tax documentation, property listings, and more.
When are measurement services necessary?
Tax records often reflect inaccurate area of a property because the values can come from various sources, and sometimes go unverified — meaning you may be taxed for more space than you actually own! 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 an appraiser to perform a home measurement service before contesting what you're taxed. An appraiser will establish 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 property
A measurement service will ensure that you're paid fair market value for your house. Living space is one of the most important factors potential buyers examine when purchasing a house — but since square footage values are often approximated rather than accurately measured, your home listing may reflect less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it actually has. An inaccurate GLA not only reduces the potential selling price for your property, but possibly even the amount of interested buyers. The only reliable method of using an accurate GLA when listing your property is to refer to a previous appraisal or home measurement service carried out by an appraiser (after any renovation that might have affected square footage).
To ensure that your client's property closes at a price that properly reflects true market value, we suggest seeking a measurement of the property. Your clients, and potential buyers, will appreciate your thoroughness, and you can be certain that the GLA on your client's listing is truly representative of their home. A floorplan can also be a great marketing tactic for getting potential buyers interested since they can view the layout and details of the home before and after touring. Contact Forte Appraisal Service, Inc. today to find out more about our home measurement and floorplan services.