Need your home measured or a floorplan for your property? Let Valiant Appraisal Services help.
Our certified appraisers can provide you with an accurate floorplan of your home's dimensions to help you determine a fair value when buying or selling a home, cut down property taxes from inaccurate estimates, or market to potential clients when selling real estate.
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What is a home measurement or floor plan service?
Home measurement services are just what they sound 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 accurate Gross Living Area (GLA), the total livable space, of your home. These services are useful and often essential when challenging property taxes or selling a property.
How do measurement services work?
During a home measurement service, a certified appraiser measures the home with a measuring tool — either a tape or laser measuring device. As they walk the property, they note the layout of the rooms and other features, like stairs, hallways, and fireplaces. They might make a rough sketch of the property. Then, the appraiser creates a report and detailed sketch showing the total area and the general layout of the home. The resulting report is a document that can be used to prove certain details about your property — like the Gross Living Area (GLA) — on tax documents, home listings, and more.
When should I get a measurement service?
Disputing property taxes
Tax records often reflect incorrect square footage because the values can come from various sources, and sometimes go unverified — meaning you may be taxed for more square footage than you actually have! Unless a certified appraiser has performed a recent appraisal or measurement service on your property (after any renovation that might have affected square footage), you'll need one to perform a measurement service before challenging what you're taxed. An appraiser assesses an 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.
Putting your home up for sale
A measuring service can secure fair market value for your home. Living space is one of the biggest factors potential buyers consider when purchasing a house — but since these values are frequently approximated rather than accurately measured, your property listing might show less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it actually has. An inaccurate GLA could potentially reduce the selling price of your property as well as the number of potential buyers. The only sure method of using a precise GLA when listing your property is to refer to a previous appraisal or measurement service executed by an appraiser (after any renovation that may have affected square footage).
For real estate professionals
To ensure that your client's home sells at a price that appropriately reflects market value, we suggest requesting a home measurement of the property. 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 a true representation of their home. A floorplan can also be a wonderful marketing tool to entice potential buyers since they can view the layout and details of the house before and after a tour. Get in touch to learn more about our home measurement and floorplan services.