Needing a property measured? Let Chris Cunningham Appraisals help.
Our certified appraisers can give you an accurate measurement or floorplan of your property's dimensions to help you determine a fair value when buying or selling a home, lower property taxes from incorrect estimates, or market to potential buyers when selling real estate.
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What are measurement services?
Measurement services are just what they sound like: Based on your needs, an appraiser will measure the house's dimensions and area, 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 sum of all livable area, of your home. These services are helpful and often essential when disputing property taxes or selling a property.
How do measurement services work?
During a measurement or floorplan service, a certified appraiser takes measurements of your property with a measuring tool — either a tape or laser measuring device. As they tour the property, they mark the layout of the rooms and other features, like closets, patios, and pantries. They may sketch out the property. Then, the appraiser creates a report and detailed sketch showing the total square footage of the home and the general layout. 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 documentation, home listings, and more.
When is a measurement or floorplan service required?
Real estate taxes
Property tax records often reflect incorrect square footage because the values can come from many sources, and sometimes go unproven — which means you may be taxed for more space than you actually own! 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 attempting to challenge your taxes. An appraiser will verify the accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes can reflect the actual square footage — and you can stop overpaying.
Putting your home up for sale
A home floorplan service will ensure that you're paid fair market value for your property. Square footage is one of the biggest factors potential buyers examine when purchasing a home — but since square footage values are often estimated rather than accurately measured, your home listing may show less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it can take credit for. An inaccurate GLA not only decreases the potential selling price for your home, but possibly even the number of interested buyers. The only sure method of using a precise GLA when listing your home is to reference a previous appraisal or measurement service executed by an appraiser (after any renovation that might have affected square footage).
For real estate agents
To make certain that your client's home sells at a price that properly reflects true market value, we advise requesting a home measurement of the property. Your clients, and potential buyers, will be grateful for your attentiveness, and you can rest assured knowing the GLA on your client's listing is a true representation of their home. A measurement can also be a fantastic marketing tactic for getting potential buyers interested because they can view the layout and features of the property before and after touring. Contact us today to learn more about our measurement services.
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