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Home remodels and poor estimates on public records will affect a property's value — and a potential buyer's interest in it. Let our appraisers give you a reliable calculation of property dimensions to establish a fair, unbiased value when buying a new property, selling to potential clients, or reducing your property taxes.
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What are measurement services?
A measurement service is just what it sounds like: An appraiser measures the dimensions and square footage of a property, then draws a basic or highly detailed layout based on your needs. The appraiser's report and floorplan is a document that can be used to prove an accurate Gross Living Area (GLA), the total livable area, of your home. These services are helpful and often essential when challenging property taxes or selling a property.
How does a home measurement or floorplan service work?
During a measurement or floorplan service, a certified appraiser measures your property with a measuring tool — generally a tape measure or laser measuring device. As they move around the property, they make note of the layout of the rooms and other features, like stairs, hallways, and fireplaces. They might sketch out the property. Then, the appraiser writes up a report and detailed sketch showing the total living area and the general layout of the home. The result is a document that can be used to prove certain details about your property — like the Gross Living Area (GLA) — on tax documentation, home listings, and more.
When do I need a measurement service?
Challenging property taxes
Property tax records often reflect inaccurate square footage because the values can come from various sources, and occasionally go unverified — which means you may be paying for more square footage than you own! Unless a certified appraiser has recently executed a valuation on your property (after any remodeling that might have affected square footage), you'll need one to perform a measurement service before disputing your taxes. An appraiser will determine the accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes reflect the actual square footage — and you can stop overpaying.
Selling a home or property
A floorplan service can ensure that you're paid fair market value for your home. Living space is one of the most important factors potential buyers look for when purchasing a home — but since square footage values are frequently estimated rather than properly measured, your home listing might reflect less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it can take credit for. An inaccurate GLA could potentially decrease the price of the home as well as the number of potential buyers. The only sure method of using a precise GLA when listing your home is to refer to a previous appraisal or home measurement service executed by a certified appraiser (after any remodeling that might have affected square footage).
Information for real estate professionals
To ensure that your client's home sells at a price that correctly reflects market value, we suggest asking for a measurement of the property. Your clients, and potential buyers, will appreciate your scrupulousness, and you can be assured that the GLA on your client's listing is a true representation of their home. A floorplan can also be a great marketing tool to interest potential buyers because they can view the layout and features of the property before and after touring. Contact West Valley Appraisal Services to find out more about our measurement services.