In need of measurement services? Let H.M. Hoffman & Company help.
Home remodels and poor valuations on public records will affect a property's value — and a buyer's interest in it. Let H.M. Hoffman & Company give you an accurate evaluation of property size to determine a fair, unbiased value when buying a new property, marketing a property to potential clients, or minimizing your property taxes.
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What are floorplan services?
Home measurement services are just what they sound like: An appraiser measures the dimensions and area of your property, then draws a basic or highly detailed floorplan based on your requirements. 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 area, of your home. These services are useful and sometimes essential when challenging property taxes or selling a property.
How do measurement services work?
During a measurement service, an appraiser takes measurements of the home with a measuring tool — generally a tape measure or laser measuring device. As they move around the home, they make note of the layout of the rooms and other features, like stairs, entryways, and pantries. They may sketch out the property. Then, the appraiser types up 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 specs of your property — like the Gross Living Area (GLA) — on tax documents, home listings, and more.
When are measurement services needed?
Challenging property taxes
Tax records frequently reflect inaccurate area of a property because the values can come from several sources, and sometimes go unproven — meaning you may be taxed for more square footage than you actually have! Unless a certified appraiser has executed a recent valuation or home measurement service on your property (after any updating that may have affected square footage), you'll need an appraiser to perform a home measurement service before disputing your taxes. 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 paying more than your house is worth.
Selling a property
A home measurement service can ensure that you're paid fair market value for your house. Living space is one of the biggest elements potential buyers consider when purchasing a home — but since square footage values are frequently approximated rather than accurately measured, your listing may show less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it actually has. An inaccurate GLA could potentially reduce the selling price of the home as well as the number of potential buyers. The only reliable method of using an accurate GLA when listing your home or property is to reference a recent appraisal or home measurement service executed by an appraiser (after any renovation that may have affected square footage).
For real estate agents
To make certain that your client's home closes at a price that accurately reflects true market value, we advise requesting a home measurement of the property. Clients, and potential buyers, will be grateful for your thoroughness, and you can be confident in knowing the GLA on your client's listing is truly representative of their home. A measurement can also be a wonderful marketing tactic to attract potential buyers since they can see the layout and attributes of the home before and after a walkthrough. Contact us to find out more about our home measurement and floorplan services.