Needing your home measured? Let Master Appraisal Services help.
Our certified appraisers will give you an accurate measurement or floorplan of your home to determine a fair value when buying or selling a home, cut property taxes due to incorrect estimates, or market to possible buyers when selling real estate.
What is a measurement or floorplan service?
Floorplan services are just what they sound like: An appraiser measures the dimensions and area of your property, then draws a basic or highly detailed layout based on your needs. The appraiser's report and floorplan is a legal document that can be used to prove the precise Gross Living Area (GLA), the total livable space, of your home. These services are helpful and often essential when disputing property taxes or selling a property.
How does a floorplan service work?
During a home measurement service, a certified appraiser takes measurements of your property with a measuring tool — generally a tape measure or laser measuring device. As they tour the house, they make note of the layout of the rooms and other features, like stairs, hallways, and fireplaces. They might make a rough sketch of the property. Then, the appraiser writes up a report and detailed sketch showing the total living area of the house and the general layout. The resulting report is a legal 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 is a measurement or floorplan service necessary?
Challenging property taxes
Tax records often reflect the wrong area of a property because the values can come from several sources, and occasionally go unverified — meaning you may be paying for more space than you actually own! Unless a certified appraiser has recently completed an evaluation on your property (after any remodeling that may have affected square footage), you'll need an appraiser to perform a measurement service before attempting to challenge what you're taxed. An appraiser determines an accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes can reflect the actual square footage — and you can stop overpaying.
Marketing a home or property
A measuring service will secure a fair price for your property. Living space is one of the biggest factors potential buyers consider when purchasing a home — but since these values are frequently estimated rather than properly measured, your home listing might show less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it can take credit for. An inaccurate GLA could potentially reduce the price of your home as well as the number of potential buyers. The only guaranteed method of using a definitive GLA when listing your home is to reference a previous appraisal or measurement service executed by a certified appraiser (after any remodeling that may have affected square footage).
Information for agents
To make certain that your client's home sells at a price that correctly reflects true market value, we recommend seeking a measurement of the property. Your clients, and potential buyers, will appreciate your thoroughness, and you can be certain that the GLA on your client's listing is truly representative of their home. A measurement can also be a fantastic marketing tactic for enticing potential buyers because they can view the layout and features of the house before and after touring. Contact us to find out more about our home measurement and floorplan services.