Needing your home measured? Let Frank Fulbright help.
Our certified appraisers will give you an accurate measurement or floorplan of your property's dimensions to help you establish a fair value when buying or selling a home, cut down property taxes due to incorrect public records, or market to potential buyers when selling a property.
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What are home measurement services?
Floorplan services are just what they sound like: An appraiser measures the dimensions and square footage of your property, then draws a basic or highly detailed layout based on what you need. The appraiser's report and floorplan is a form that can be used to prove the precise Gross Living Area (GLA), the sum of all livable area, of your home. These services are helpful and sometimes essential when disputing property taxes or selling a property.
How do measurement services work?
During a home measurement service, an appraiser measures the property with a measuring tool — generally a tape measure or laser measuring device. As they walk the home, they notate the layout of the rooms and other features, like stairs, patios, and fireplaces. They might make a rough sketch of the property. Then, the appraiser creates a report and detailed floorplan showing the total area and the overall layout of the home. The completed 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 is a measurement or floorplan service required?
Real estate taxes
Property tax records often reflect inaccurate square footage because the values can come from many sources, and sometimes go unverified — meaning you may be taxed for more space than you actually have! Unless an appraiser has recently executed an evaluation on your property (after any remodeling that may have affected square footage), you'll need one to perform a home measurement service before challenging your taxes. An appraiser determines 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 property up for sale
A measuring service can secure fair market value for your house. Area is one of the biggest factors potential buyers look for when purchasing a home — but since square footage values are often approximated rather than properly measured, your home listing might reflect less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it can take credit for. An inaccurate GLA not only decreases the potential selling price for your home, but possibly even the amount of interested buyers. The only dependable method of using an accurate GLA when listing your property is to refer to a recent appraisal or measurement service carried out by an appraiser (after any updating that might have affected square footage).
Material for real estate agents
To ensure that your client's home closes at a price that correctly reflects market value, we recommend asking for a floorplan service for the property. Clients, and especially potential buyers, will be grateful for your attentiveness, and you can be certain that the GLA on your client's listing is truly representative of their home. A floorplan can also be an excellent marketing tactic for getting potential buyers interested because they can review the layout and characteristics of the property before and after touring. Contact Frank Fulbright to find out more about our measurement services.