In need of floorplan services? Let Irvine Appraising Company help.
Home remodeling and poor valuations on public records will affect a property's price — and its attractiveness to potential buyers. Let Irvine Appraising Company give you an accurate evaluation of property dimensions to determine a fair, unbiased value when purchasing a new property, selling to potential clients, or minimizing your property taxes.
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What are home measurement services?
Measurement services are just what they sound like: An appraiser measures the dimensions and area of a property, then draws a basic or highly detailed floorplan based on your needs. The appraiser's report and floorplan is a form 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 disputing property taxes or selling a property.
How does a home measurement service work?
During a measurement or floorplan service, a certified appraiser takes measurements of the property with a measuring tool — generally a tape measure or laser measuring device. As they move around the home, they mark the layout of the rooms and other features, like closets, patios, and pantries. They might draw a rough sketch of the property. Then, the appraiser develops a report and detailed sketch showing the total area and the general layout of the house. 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, property listings, and more.
When are floorplan services required?
Property tax records often reflect the wrong area of a property because the values can come from various sources, and sometimes go unverified — meaning you may be paying for more space than you have! Unless a certified appraiser has performed a recent evaluation or measurement service on your property (after any renovation that may have affected square footage), you'll need one to perform a measurement service before attempting to dispute your taxes. An appraiser will determine an accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes can reflect the actual square footage — and you can stop paying more than your property is worth.
Selling your home
A measurement service will secure a fair price 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 accurately measured, your home listing might reflect less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it can take credit for. An inaccurate GLA not only decreases the potential selling price for your property, but possibly even the number of interested buyers. The only sure method of using a definitive GLA when listing your home is to refer to a recent appraisal or home measurement service completed by an appraiser (after any remodeling that might have affected square footage).
For real estate agents
To make sure that your client's home closes at a price that accurately reflects true market value, we suggest requesting a home measurement of the property. Clients, and potential buyers, will be grateful for your thoroughness, 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 wonderful marketing tool for attracting potential buyers because they can see the layout and features of the property before and after a walkthrough. Get in touch to learn more about our floorplan services.