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Our certified appraisers can give you an accurate floorplan of your property's dimensions to help you determine a fair value when buying or selling a home, reduce property taxes due to unreliable estimates, or market to possible buyers when selling real estate.
Gross Living Area is measured and determined by ANSI Standard Z765 - 2003. This standard ensures complaince with banks, mortgage lenders and whole Real Estate Industry.
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What is a home measurement or floorplan service?
Floorplan services are just what they sound like: Based on your requirements, an appraiser will measure the home's dimensions and square footage, then draw a basic or highly detailed layout. The appraiser's report and floorplan is a form 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 sometimes essential when challenging property taxes or selling a property.
How do measurement services work?
During a home measurement or floorplan service, an appraiser takes measurements of your home with a measuring tool — either a tape or laser measuring device. As they move around the house, they mark the layout of the rooms and other features, like stairs, patios, and fireplaces. They may make a rough sketch of the property. Then, the appraiser writes up a report and a more detailed floorplan showing the total living area of the house and the overall layout. 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 documents, property listings, and more.
When is a home measurement or floorplan service required?
Property tax records often reflect inaccurate area of a property because the values can come from many sources, and occasionally go unproven — meaning you may be taxed for more square footage than you have! Unless an appraiser has recently performed an evaluation on your property (after any renovation that may have affected square footage), you'll need an appraiser to perform a home measurement service before attempting to dispute what you're taxed. An appraiser will determine an accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes can reflect your actual square footage — and you can stop paying more than your house is worth.
Putting a home up for sale
A measuring service can ensure that you're paid a fair price for your house. Area is one of the most important factors potential buyers examine when purchasing a house — but since these values are frequently estimated rather than properly measured, your listing may reflect less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it actually has. An inaccurate GLA not only decreases the selling price of your home, but possibly even the number of interested buyers. The only reliable method of using an accurate GLA when listing your property is to reference a recent appraisal or home measurement service completed by an appraiser (after any remodeling that may have affected square footage).
Information for agents
To make sure that your client's home closes at a price that properly reflects market value, we advise seeking a measurement of the property. Your clients, and potential buyers, will appreciate your attention to detail, and you can be certain that the GLA on your client's listing is a true representation of their home. A floorplan can also be an excellent marketing tool for getting potential buyers interested since they can see the layout and characteristics of the house before and after touring. Contact Appraisals by Kana today to find out more about our home measurement and floorplan services.