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Our certified appraisers can provide you with an accurate measurement of your property's dimensions to assist in determining a fair value when buying or selling a home, cut down property taxes from incorrect estimates, or market to potential clients when selling a property.
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What are measurement services?
A measurement service is just what it sounds like: An appraiser measures the dimensions and area of your property, then draws a basic or highly detailed layout based on what you need. The appraiser's report and floorplan is a form that can be used to prove an accurate Gross Living Area (GLA), the total livable area, of your home. These services are useful and sometimes necessary when challenging property taxes or selling a property.
How does a floorplan service work?
During a measurement service, a certified appraiser takes measurements of your home or property with a measuring tool — either 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, entryways, and pantries. They might make a rough sketch of the property. Then, the appraiser develops a report and detailed sketch showing the total square footage and the general layout of the home. The completed report is a document that can be used to prove certain specs of your property — like the Gross Living Area (GLA) — on tax documentation, property listings, and more.
When is a home measurement or floorplan service necessary?
Challenging real estate taxes
Property tax records often reflect incorrect area of a property because the values can come from various sources, and occasionally go unproven — meaning you may be taxed for more space than you have! Unless an appraiser has recently performed an evaluation on your property (after any remodeling that might have affected square footage), you'll need an appraiser to perform a home measurement service before contesting your taxes. An appraiser assesses an accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes can reflect your actual square footage — and you can stop paying more than your house is worth.
Selling your home
A home floorplan service can secure a fair price for your home. Living space is one of the biggest factors potential buyers examine when purchasing a house — but since square footage values are frequently approximated rather than accurately measured, your property listing may reflect less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it can take credit for. An inaccurate GLA could potentially reduce the selling price of your home as well as the number of potential buyers. The only reliable method of using an accurate GLA when listing your home is to refer to a previous appraisal or home measurement service carried out by an appraiser (after any renovation that may have affected square footage).
To ensure that your client's home sells at a price that appropriately reflects market value, we advise seeking a measurement of the property. Clients, and especially potential buyers, will be grateful for your attentiveness, and you can rest assured knowing the GLA on your client's listing is truly representative of their home. A floorplan can also be a fantastic marketing tool to attract potential buyers because they can review the layout and features of the house before and after touring. Contact West Valley Appraisal Services to learn more about our home measurement and floorplan services.