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In need of measurement services? Let Fahrnkopf Appraisal help.

I will give you an accurate measurement of your home using industry standards to help establish a fair value when buying or selling a home, cut property taxes as a result of inaccurate public records, or market to potential buyers when selling a property.

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What are home measurement services?

A measurement service is just what it sounds like: Based on what you need, an appraiser will measure your home's dimensions and area, then draw a basic or highly detailed floorplan. 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 helpful and sometimes necessary when disputing property taxes or selling a property.

How does a measurement service work?

During a floorplan service, an appraiser takes measurements of the home or property with a measuring tool — either a tape or laser measuring device. As they walk the property, they mark the room locations and other features, like closets, hallways, and pantries. They might sketch the property. Then, the appraiser develops a report and detailed floorplan showing the total area and the general layout of the house. The completed report is a document that can be used to prove certain specs of your property — like the Gross Living Area (GLA) — on tax documents, property listings, and more.

When is a measurement or floorplan service needed?

Disputing property taxes

Property tax records frequently reflect incorrect area of a property because the values can come from various sources, and occasionally go unproven — meaning you may be paying for more space than you have! Unless an appraiser has completed a recent appraisal or home 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 disputing your taxes. An appraiser will establish an accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes reflect your actual square footage — and you can stop paying more than your house is worth.

Putting your home up for sale

A measurement service will ensure that you're paid a fair price for your home. Area is one of the most important elements potential buyers look for when purchasing a house — but since square footage values are often estimated rather than accurately measured, your home listing might show less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it actually has. An inaccurate GLA not only reduces the selling price for your home, but possibly even the amount of interested buyers. The only dependable method of using a definitive GLA when listing your home or property is to reference a previous appraisal or measurement service carried out by an appraiser (after any updating that might have affected square footage).

Material for real estate professionals

To make certain that your client's property closes at a price that accurately reflects true market value, we recommend seeking a measurement of the property. Your clients, and potential buyers, will be grateful for your scrupulousness, 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 wonderful marketing tactic for getting potential buyers interested since they can see the layout and details of the property before and after a tour. Get in touch with us to learn more about our home measurement and floorplan services.