In need of measurement services? Let West Valley Appraisal Services help.
Home remodeling and poor estimates on public records can affect a property's price — and a buyer's interest in it. Let West Valley Appraisal Services give you a reliable calculation of property size to determine a fair value when acquiring a property, selling to potential clients, or minimizing property taxes.
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What are floorplan services?
Measurement services are just what they sound like: An appraiser measures the dimensions and square footage of your property, then draws a basic or highly detailed layout based on your requirements. 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 space, of your home. These services are useful and sometimes essential when disputing property taxes or selling a property.
How does a floorplan service work?
During a home measurement or floorplan service, an appraiser takes measurements of your home with a measuring tool — generally a tape measure or laser measuring device. As they tour the home, they note the layout of the rooms and other features, like closets, entryways, and pantries. They might sketch out the property. Then, the appraiser writes up a report and a more detailed floorplan showing the total living area and the overall layout of the home. The result is a document that can be used to prove certain specs of your property — like the Gross Living Area (GLA) — on tax documents, home listings, and more.
When is a measurement or floorplan service necessary?
Tax records frequently reflect incorrect area of a property because the values can come from several sources, and sometimes go unverified — which means you may be paying for more square footage than you actually have! Unless a certified appraiser has performed a recent evaluation or home measurement service on your property (after any renovation that might have affected square footage), you'll need an appraiser to perform a home measurement service before disputing your taxes. An appraiser verifies the accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes can reflect the actual square footage — and you can stop overpaying.
Putting a home up for sale
A home measurement service can ensure that you're paid a fair price for your home. Living space is one of the most important elements potential buyers look for when purchasing a home — but since these values are frequently approximated rather than accurately measured, your listing might reflect less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it actually has. An inaccurate GLA could potentially decrease the price of your home as well as the number of interested buyers. The only dependable method of using an accurate GLA when listing your home is to reference a previous appraisal or measurement service performed by a certified appraiser (after any updating that may have affected square footage).
Information for real estate professionals
To ensure that your client's property sells at a price that correctly reflects true market value, we advise requesting a floorplan service for the property. Clients, and potential buyers, will be grateful for your attention to detail, and you can be confident in knowing the GLA on your client's listing is a true representation of their home. A floorplan can also be a fantastic marketing tactic to entice potential buyers because they can review the layout and characteristics of the home before and after touring. Contact us to find out more about our measurement services.