Need your home measured or a floorplan for your property? Let Jensen Appraisals Florida help.
Home remodeling and inaccurate estimates on public records can affect a property's price — and a buyer's interest in it. Let us give you a reliable measurement of property area to establish a fair, unbiased value when acquiring a property, selling to potential clients, or reducing your property taxes.
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What are measurement services?
Measurement services are just what they sound like: Based on your needs, an appraiser will measure your house's dimensions and square footage, then draw a basic or highly detailed floorplan. 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 useful and often essential when disputing property taxes or selling a property.
How do home measurement services work?
During a measurement service, a certified appraiser takes measurements of your home with a measuring tool — generally a tape or laser measuring device. As they move around the house, they notate the layout of the rooms and other features, like closets, patios, and fireplaces. They may make a rough sketch of the property. Then, the appraiser types up a report and detailed sketch showing the total square footage and the general layout of the home. 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, property listings, and more.
When is a measurement or floorplan service needed?
Challenging property taxes
Property tax records often reflect the wrong square footage because the values can come from several sources, and occasionally go unverified — which means you may be paying for more square footage than you actually have! Unless an appraiser has executed a recent valuation or measurement service on your property (after any renovation 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 verifies the accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes can reflect the actual square footage — and you can stop overpaying.
Marketing a listing
A measurement service can secure fair market value for your home. Living space is one of the biggest elements potential buyers look for when purchasing a house — but since square footage values are often approximated rather than properly measured, your home listing may reflect less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it actually has. An inaccurate GLA not only reduces the potential selling price for your home, but possibly even the number of interested buyers. The only dependable method of using a definitive GLA when listing your home is to reference a previous appraisal or home measurement service executed by an appraiser (after any updating that might have affected square footage).
For real estate professionals
To ensure that your client's home closes at a price that properly reflects true market value, we suggest asking for a home measurement of the property. Your clients, and potential buyers, will appreciate your thoroughness, and you can rest assured knowing the GLA on your client's listing is truly representative of their home. A floorplan can also be a great marketing tool to attract potential buyers because they can view the layout and features of the house before and after touring. Get in touch with us to find out more about our measurement services.