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Home remodeling and inaccurate valuations on public records will affect a property's price — and its attractiveness to potential buyers. Let our appraisers give you an accurate estimation of property dimensions to establish a fair value when buying a home, selling to potential clients, or reducing property taxes.

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What are home measurement services?

Home measurement services are just what they sound like: Based on what you need, an appraiser will measure your house's dimensions and square footage, 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 total livable area, of your home. These services are useful and sometimes necessary when disputing property taxes or selling a property.

How does a floorplan service work?

During a floorplan service, an appraiser measures the home or property with a measuring tool — either a tape measure or laser measuring device. As they tour the home, they mark the layout of the rooms and other features, like closets, entryways, and fireplaces. They might draw a rough sketch of the property. Then, the appraiser writes up a report and detailed floorplan showing the total square footage of the house and the general layout. 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 documents, home listings, and more.

When are measurement services required?

Real estate taxes

Tax records frequently reflect incorrect area of a property because the values can come from many sources, and sometimes go unproven — meaning you may be paying for more square footage than you actually have! Unless an appraiser has recently executed an evaluation on your property (after any remodeling that may have affected square footage), you'll need an appraiser to perform a home measurement service before challenging what you're taxed. An appraiser will verify an accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes reflect the actual square footage — and you can stop paying more than your property is worth.

Selling a property

A measuring service will secure fair market value for your property. Square footage is one of the biggest elements potential buyers examine when purchasing a home — but since square footage values are frequently estimated rather than properly measured, your home listing might show less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it can take credit for. An inaccurate GLA not only decreases the potential selling price of your property, but possibly even the number of interested buyers. The only reliable method of using a precise GLA when listing your home or property is to reference a recent appraisal or measurement service carried out by a certified appraiser (after any renovation that might have affected square footage).

Information for real estate professionals

To make sure that your client's property closes at a price that properly reflects market value, we recommend asking for a home measurement of the property. Clients, and potential buyers, will be grateful for your thoroughness, and you can be assured that the GLA on your client's listing is truly representative of their home. A floorplan can also be a fantastic marketing tool to interest potential buyers because they can see the layout and attributes of the home before and after touring. Contact Bodine Appraisal Services to find out more about our measurement services.