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What is a measurement or floorplan service?
A measurement service is just what it sounds like: An appraiser measures the dimensions and area of a property, then draws a basic or highly detailed floorplan based on your needs. 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 challenging property taxes or selling a property. All properties are measured to rigorous ANSI standards.
How does a floorplan service work?
During a measurement or floorplan service, an appraiser takes measurements of the home with a measuring tool — either a tape measure or laser measuring device. As they move around the home, they observe the layout of the rooms and other features, like closets, patios, and pantries. They may sketch the property. Then, the appraiser develops a report and detailed sketch showing the total square footage and the general layout of the house. The resulting report is a document that can be used to prove certain details about your property — like the Gross Living Area (GLA) — on tax documentation, property listings, and more.
When is a home measurement or floorplan service necessary?
Challenging real estate taxes
Property tax records frequently reflect incorrect square footage because the values can come from several sources, and occasionally go unproven — meaning you may be paying for more space than you actually have! Unless an appraiser has completed a recent appraisal or measurement service on your property (after any renovation that might have affected square footage), you'll need one to perform a home measurement service before challenging what you're taxed. An appraiser assesses an accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property to rigorous ANSI standards so your taxes reflect your actual square footage — and you can stop paying more than your house is worth. In the State of Montana, assessors office data collectors seldom view the interior of properties, and, State of Montana assessment guidelines do not require ANSI standards, leading to gross discrepancies in properties true physical characteristics.
Selling a property
A measurement service will secure a fair price for your house. Living space is one of the biggest elements potential buyers look for when purchasing a home — but since square footage values are often approximated rather than accurately measured, your property listing might show less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it can take credit for. An inaccurate GLA not only reduces the potential selling price of your home, but possibly even the number of interested buyers. The only reliable method of using a definitive GLA when listing your home is to refer to a previous appraisal or home measurement service performed by a certified appraiser (after any remodeling that might have affected square footage).
Information for agents
Desktop valuations require both a sketch and a floorplan of the subject property. To ensure that your client's property closes at a price that accurately reflects market value, we advise seeking a measurement of the property. Your clients, and potential buyers, will appreciate your scrupulousness, and you can be assured that the GLA on your client's listing is truly representative of their home. A floorplan can also be a wonderful marketing tactic for getting potential buyers interested because they can see the layout and attributes of the house before and after a walkthrough. Contact 406 Valuation, LLC to learn more about our measurement services. All properties are measured to rigorous ANSI standards.