Need your home measured or a floorplan for your property? Let us help.
Home remodeling and poor estimates on public records will affect a property's price — and a buyer's interest in it. Let West Valley Appraisal Services give you a reliable estimation of property area to establish a fair value when acquiring a home, marketing a property to potential clients, or minimizing property taxes.
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What is a measurement or floorplan service?
A floorplan service is just what it sounds like: Based on your requirements, an appraiser will measure your house's dimensions and area, then draw a basic or highly detailed floorplan. The appraiser's report and floorplan is a document that can be used to prove the precise Gross Living Area (GLA), the sum of all livable space, of your home. These services are helpful and often necessary when challenging property taxes or selling a property.
How does a home measurement or floorplan service work?
During a home measurement service, a certified appraiser measures your property with a measuring tool — generally a laser measuring device. As they walk the property, they notate the layout of the rooms and other features, like stairs, hallways, and pantries. They might draw a rough sketch of the property. Then, the appraiser writes up a report and detailed floorplan showing the total square footage and the general layout of the house. 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 needed?
Property tax records often reflect the wrong area of a property because the values can come from many sources, and sometimes go unproven — which means you may be paying for more square footage than you own! Unless an appraiser has recently completed a valuation on your property (after any renovation that may have affected square footage), you'll need one to perform a measurement service before contesting what you're taxed. An appraiser will determine the accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes reflect the actual square footage — and you can stop paying more than your house is worth.
Putting your property on the market
A home floorplan service will secure fair market value for your property. Area is one of the most important factors potential buyers examine when purchasing a home — but since these values are often approximated rather than accurately measured, your property listing may show less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it actually has. An inaccurate GLA not only reduces 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 or property is to refer to a recent appraisal or measurement service performed by a certified appraiser (after any updating that may have affected square footage).
To ensure that your client's home sells at a price that accurately reflects true market value, we recommend requesting a floorplan service for the property. Your clients, and especially potential buyers, will be grateful for your thoroughness, and you can be assured that the GLA on your client's listing is a true representation of their home. A floorplan can also be an excellent marketing tool for getting potential buyers interested because they can review the layout and features of the home before and after a tour. Contact us to learn more about our home measurement and floorplan services.