Need your home measured or a floorplan for your property? Let Brazos Valley Appraisals help.
Home remodeling and inaccurate valuations on public records can affect a property's value — and its attractiveness to potential buyers. Let us give you an accurate estimation of property size to determine a fair value when acquiring a new home, selling to potential clients, or minimizing your property taxes.
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What is a home measurement or floorplan service?
Floorplan services are just what they sound like: Based on what you need, an appraiser will measure the property's dimensions and square footage, then draw a basic or highly detailed layout. The appraiser's report and floorplan is a document that can be used to prove an accurate Gross Living Area (GLA), the sum of all livable space, of your home. These services are useful and sometimes necessary when disputing property taxes or selling a property.
How does a home measurement or floorplan service work?
During a home measurement or floorplan service, a certified appraiser measures your home with a measuring tool — generally a tape measure or laser measuring device. As they walk the home, they note the layout of the rooms and other features, like stairs, hallways, and fireplaces. They may make a rough sketch of the property. Then, the appraiser creates a report and a more detailed sketch showing the total living area and the general layout of the house. The finished report 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 do I need a measurement service?
Disputing real estate taxes
Property tax records often reflect incorrect square footage because the values can come from many sources, and occasionally go unproven — meaning you may be taxed for more space than you own! Unless a certified appraiser has recently completed an evaluation on your property (after any remodeling that might have affected square footage), you'll need an appraiser to perform a measurement service before challenging what you're taxed. An appraiser assesses 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 property on the market
A floorplan service can ensure that you're paid fair market value for your property. Area is one of the most important factors potential buyers look for when purchasing a house — but since these values are often approximated rather than accurately measured, your listing might show less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it can take credit for. An inaccurate GLA not only decreases the selling price of your home, but possibly even the amount of interested buyers. The only sure method of using an accurate GLA when listing your home is to reference a recent appraisal or home measurement service executed by an appraiser (after any renovation that may have affected square footage).
Material for agents
To make sure that your client's property closes at a price that properly reflects market value, we advise asking for a home measurement of the property. Clients, and potential buyers, will appreciate your eye for detail, and you can be certain that the GLA on your client's listing is truly representative of their home. A measurement can also be a fantastic marketing tool for attracting potential buyers since they can review the layout and features of the home before and after a walkthrough. Contact us to find out more about our home measurement and floorplan services.
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