Needing your property measured? Let McHugh Appraisal Service help.
Home remodeling and poor estimates on public records will affect a property's value — and its attractiveness to buyers. Let us give you a reliable estimation of property area to determine a fair value when buying a home, marketing a property to potential clients, or reducing 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 your home's dimensions and square footage, then draw a basic or highly detailed floorplan. The appraiser's report and floorplan is a document that can be used to prove a precise Gross Living Area (GLA), the sum of all livable area, of your home. These services are useful and often necessary when challenging property taxes or selling a property.
How does a floorplan service work?
During a measurement service, an appraiser takes measurements of your home with a measuring tool — generally a tape or laser measuring device. As they move around the home, they observe the layout of the rooms and other features, like closets, patios, and pantries. They might sketch out the property. Then, the appraiser types up a report and a more detailed sketch showing the total living area and the overall layout of the house. The result is a document that can be used to prove certain details about your property — like the Gross Living Area (GLA) — on tax documents, home listings, and more.
When is a home measurement or floorplan service necessary?
Property tax records frequently 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 have! Unless an appraiser has performed a recent evaluation or home measurement service on your property (after any renovation that may have affected square footage), you'll need one to perform a home measurement service before attempting to dispute your taxes. An appraiser will establish the accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes can reflect your actual square footage — and you can stop overpaying.
Putting your home on the market
A home measurement service will ensure that you're paid a fair price for your property. Area is one of the biggest factors potential buyers look for when purchasing a house — but since square footage values are frequently approximated rather than properly measured, your property listing might show less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it actually has. An inaccurate GLA not only decreases the potential selling price of your home, but possibly even the number of interested buyers. The only sure method of using an accurate GLA when listing your property is to reference a previous appraisal or measurement service executed by a certified appraiser (after any renovation that may have affected square footage).
Information for agents
To make sure that your client's home sells at a price that appropriately reflects market value, we advise seeking a floorplan service for the property. Clients, and potential buyers, will appreciate your attention to detail, and you can rest assured knowing the GLA on your client's listing is a true representation of their home. A floorplan can also be a fantastic marketing tool for attracting potential buyers because they can view the layout and details of the house before and after a showing. Contact McHugh Appraisal Service today to find out more about our home measurement and floorplan services.