Needing a home measured? Let Bickford Appraisal Group help.
Our certified appraisers will provide you with an accurate measurement of your home's dimensions to ascertain a fair value when buying or selling a home, cut property taxes from incorrect public records, or market to possible clients when selling real estate.
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What are measurement services?
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 legal form that can be used to prove an accurate Gross Living Area (GLA), the total livable area, of your home. These services are helpful and often necessary when disputing property taxes or selling a property.
How do measurement services work?
During a measurement service, a certified appraiser takes measurements of your home or property with a measuring tool — either a tape measure or laser measuring device. As they move around the property, they note the layout of the rooms and other features, like stairs, entryways, and fireplaces. They may sketch the property. Then, the appraiser develops a report and detailed floorplan showing the total living area and the general layout of the house. The result 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 do I need a measurement service?
Tax records frequently reflect inaccurate area of a property because the values can come from various sources, and occasionally go unverified — meaning you may be paying for more square footage than you own! Unless an appraiser has recently completed a valuation on your property (after any renovation that may have affected square footage), you'll need one to perform a measurement service before disputing your taxes. An appraiser will verify an accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes reflect your actual square footage — and you can stop overpaying.
Selling a property
A measurement service will ensure that you're paid a fair price for your property. Square footage is one of the most important elements potential buyers examine when purchasing a house — but since square footage values are often estimated rather than accurately measured, your property listing may reflect less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it can take credit for. An inaccurate GLA not only reduces the potential selling price of your property, but possibly even the amount of interested buyers. The only guaranteed method of using a definitive GLA when listing your home is to reference a recent appraisal or home measurement service executed by a certified appraiser (after any renovation that may have affected square footage).
Material for agents
To ensure that your client's property closes at a price that accurately reflects true market value, we suggest requesting a measurement of the property. Your clients, and especially potential buyers, will appreciate your eye for detail, and you can be certain that the GLA on your client's listing is a true representation of their home. A measurement can also be an excellent marketing tactic for getting potential buyers interested because they can review the layout and characteristics of the property before and after touring. Contact us today to learn more about our home measurement and floorplan services.
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