Needing a home measured? Let Phillips Appraisals, LLC. help.
Our certified appraisers can provide you with an accurate floorplan of your property to help you establish a fair value when buying or selling a home, reduce property taxes due to inaccurate estimates, or market to possible clients when selling a property.
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What is a home measurement or floorplan service?
Home measurement services are just what they sound like: An appraiser measures the dimensions and area of the property, then draws a basic or highly detailed floorplan based on your needs. The appraiser's report and floorplan is a form that can be used to prove the precise Gross Living Area (GLA), the total livable space, of your home. These services are helpful and sometimes necessary when challenging property taxes or selling a property.
How do measurement services work?
During a floorplan service, an appraiser takes measurements of your home with a measuring tool — either a tape or laser measuring device. As they walk the house, they notate the layout of the rooms and other features, like closets, patios, and pantries. They may sketch out the property. Then, the appraiser writes up a report and detailed floorplan showing the total square footage and the overall layout of the house. The finished product is a document that can be used to prove certain details about your property — like the Gross Living Area (GLA) — on tax documents, property 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 sometimes go unverified — which means you may be taxed for more space than you have! Unless a certified appraiser has completed a recent valuation or home measurement service on your property (after any updating that might have affected square footage), you'll need one to perform a home measurement service before attempting to challenge 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 overpaying.
Selling your home
A measuring service can secure fair market value for your home. Square footage is one of the biggest factors potential buyers consider when purchasing a house — but since these values are frequently estimated rather than properly measured, your home listing may show less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it actually has. An inaccurate GLA not only reduces the selling price for your home, but possibly even the number of interested buyers. The only dependable method of using a definitive GLA when listing your home or property is to reference a recent appraisal or measurement service executed by a certified appraiser (after any updating that may have affected square footage).
For real estate agents
To ensure that your client's home sells at a price that properly reflects market value, we advise requesting a home measurement of the property. Your clients, and especially potential buyers, will appreciate your attentiveness, 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 fantastic marketing tool for attracting potential buyers because they can review the layout and attributes of the house before and after touring. Get in touch to learn more about our measurement services.