Needing a property measured? Let us help.
Our certified appraisers can give you an accurate floor plan of your property to determine a fair value when buying or selling a home, lower property taxes from unreliable estimates, or market to potential buyers when selling a property. As of April 1st, 2022 any loan backed by Fannie Mae is required to be measured to ANSI standards. This can have an impact on the marketable gross living area of your home or upcoming listing. An accurate floor plan before marketing a property is a must have to avoid unnecessary issues.
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What are floor plan services?
Floor plan services are just what they sound like: An appraiser measures the dimensions and square footage of the property, then draws a basic or highly detailed floor plan based on your needs. The appraiser's report and floor plan is a document that can be used to prove an accurate Gross Living Area (GLA), the sum of all livable area, of your home. These services are useful and sometimes necessary when challenging property taxes or selling a property.
How does a home measurement or floor plan service work?
During a home measurement service, an appraiser measures your home or property with a measuring tool — generally a tape or laser measuring device. As they walk the property, they make note of the layout of the rooms and other features, like stairs, patios, and fireplaces. They may sketch the property. Then, the appraiser creates a report and a more detailed floor plan showing the total area and the general 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, home listings, and more.
When are measurement services needed?
Challenging property taxes
Property tax records frequently reflect the wrong area of a property because the values can come from various sources, and sometimes go unverified — which means you may be paying for more space than you have! Unless an appraiser has recently completed a valuation on your property (after any renovation that may have affected square footage), you'll need an appraiser to perform a home measurement service before attempting to dispute your taxes. An appraiser determines 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.
Selling your home
A measurement service will ensure that you're paid fair market value for your home. Area is one of the biggest factors potential buyers consider when purchasing a house — but since square footage values are often approximated rather than accurately measured, your listing might reflect less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it can take credit for. An inaccurate GLA not only reduces the selling price of your property, but possibly even the amount of interested buyers. The only dependable method of using an accurate GLA when listing your home is to refer to a previous appraisal or home measurement service completed by an appraiser (after any updating that may have affected square footage).
For real estate professionals
To make certain that your client's property sells at a price that accurately reflects true market value, we advise seeking a home measurement of the property. Your clients, and potential buyers, will appreciate your thoroughness, and you can be assured that the GLA on your client's listing is truly representative of their home. A measurement can also be a great marketing tactic for getting potential buyers interested because they can review the layout and details of the house before and after touring. Get in touch to find out more about our home measurement and floor plan services.