Needing your property measured? Let H.M. Hoffman & Company help.
Home remodeling and inaccurate estimates on public records will affect a property's value — and its attractiveness to buyers. Let H.M. Hoffman & Company give you a reliable estimation of property area to establish a fair value when buying a home, marketing a property to potential clients, or minimizing property taxes.
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What are home measurement services?
A floorplan service is just what it sounds like: An appraiser measures the dimensions and area 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 an accurate Gross Living Area (GLA), the total livable area, of your home. These services are helpful and sometimes essential when disputing property taxes or selling a property.
How do floorplan services work?
During a floorplan service, an appraiser takes measurements of your property with a measuring tool — either a tape or laser measuring device. As they walk the property, they mark the layout of the rooms and other features, like closets, patios, and fireplaces. They may sketch the property. Then, the appraiser writes up a report and detailed floorplan showing the total area and the overall 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 documentation, home listings, and more.
When do I need a floorplan service?
Disputing real estate taxes
Tax records often reflect the wrong area of a property because the values can come from many sources, and occasionally go unverified — which means you may be paying for more square footage than you own! Unless a certified appraiser has executed a recent valuation or home measurement service on your property (after any remodeling that may have affected square footage), you'll need one to perform a home measurement service before attempting to challenge 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.
Selling your home
A home floorplan service can ensure that you're paid a fair price for your home. Living space is one of the biggest factors potential buyers look for when purchasing a house — but since these values are often estimated rather than properly measured, your property listing might reflect less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it actually has. An inaccurate GLA could potentially reduce the price of the property as well as the number of potential buyers. The only dependable method of using a precise GLA when listing your home is to reference a recent appraisal or measurement service carried out by a certified appraiser (after any renovation that may have affected square footage).
Material for real estate agents
To ensure that your client's property closes at a price that properly reflects true market value, we recommend asking for a floorplan service for the property. Clients, and especially potential buyers, will appreciate your eye for detail, and you can be confident in knowing the GLA on your client's listing is a true representation of their home. A measurement can also be a wonderful marketing tactic to attract potential buyers because they can review the layout and features of the property before and after touring. Get in touch with us to learn more about our floorplan services.