Needing a home measured? Let Burgundy Appraisals help.
Home remodeling and inaccurate valuations on public records will affect a property's value — and a buyer's interest in it. Let our appraisers give you an accurate calculation of property area to determine a fair, unbiased value when acquiring a property, selling to potential clients, or reducing your property taxes.
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What is a measurement or floorplan service?
Home measurement services are just what they sound like: Based on what you need, an appraiser will measure the home's dimensions and square footage, then draw a basic or highly detailed floorplan. The appraiser's report and floorplan is a form that can be used to prove a precise Gross Living Area (GLA), the total livable area, of your home. These services are useful and often necessary when challenging property taxes or selling a property.
How do home measurement services work?
During a floorplan service, an appraiser takes measurements of the property with a measuring tool — either a tape or laser measuring device. As they tour the property, they observe the layout of the rooms and other features, like closets, patios, and pantries. They might sketch out the property. Then, the appraiser types up a report and detailed floorplan showing the total living area and the overall layout of the house. The finished 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 do I need a measurement service?
Challenging property taxes
Property tax records often reflect incorrect square footage because the values can come from many sources, and occasionally go unverified — meaning you may be paying for more space than you actually have! Unless a certified appraiser has executed a recent appraisal 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 challenging what you're taxed. An appraiser assesses 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.
Putting your property up for sale
A measurement service can secure fair market value for your home. Living space is one of the most important elements potential buyers examine when purchasing a home — but since these values are frequently approximated rather than properly measured, your property listing might show less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it can take credit for. An inaccurate GLA could potentially reduce the price of your property as well as the number of interested buyers. The only sure method of using a precise GLA when listing your home is to refer to a recent appraisal or home measurement service performed by an appraiser (after any updating that may have affected square footage).
For real estate professionals
To make sure that your client's property closes at a price that properly reflects market value, we suggest seeking a measurement of the property. Your clients, and potential buyers, will appreciate your attentiveness, and you can be certain that the GLA on your client's listing is a true representation of their home. A measurement can also be a fantastic marketing tactic for attracting potential buyers because they can see the layout and features of the home before and after a walkthrough. Contact Burgundy Appraisals, LLC today to learn more about our home measurement and floorplan services.