Need your home measured or a floorplan for your property? Let Dakota Plains Appraisal LLC help.
Our certified appraisers will give you an accurate floorplan of your home's dimensions to assist in determining a fair value when buying or selling a home, cut property taxes as a result of unreliable public records, or market to possible buyers when selling a property.
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What are floorplan services?
Floorplan services are just what they sound like: An appraiser measures the dimensions and square footage of a property, then draws a basic or highly detailed floorplan based on what you need. The appraiser's report and floorplan is a document 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 often essential when challenging property taxes or selling a property.
How does a home measurement or floorplan service work?
During a home measurement or floorplan service, an appraiser measures your home with a measuring tool — either a tape measure or laser measuring device. As they move around the home, they make note of the layout of the rooms and other features, like closets, entryways, and fireplaces. They may sketch the property. Then, the appraiser writes up a report and a more detailed floorplan showing the total living area of the house and the general layout. The result is a document that can be used to prove certain details about your property — like the Gross Living Area (GLA) — on tax documents, property listings, and more.
When do I need a measurement service?
Real estate taxes
Tax records frequently reflect the wrong square footage because the values can come from several sources, and occasionally go unproven — which means you may be paying for more space than you have! Unless an appraiser has performed a recent valuation or home measurement service on your property (after any updating that might have affected square footage), you'll need one to perform a home measurement service before disputing what you're taxed. An appraiser verifies the accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes can reflect your actual square footage — and you can stop overpaying.
Putting a home on the market
A home measurement service can secure a fair price for your property. Square footage is one of the biggest elements potential buyers look for when purchasing a home — but since these values are often approximated rather than properly measured, your property listing might reflect less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it actually has. An inaccurate GLA not only decreases the potential selling price for your property, but possibly even the number of interested buyers. The only sure method of using a definitive GLA when listing your property is to reference a recent appraisal or measurement service performed by an appraiser (after any updating that might have affected square footage).
Information for real estate professionals
To ensure that your client's home sells at a price that correctly reflects market value, we advise seeking a home measurement of the property. Your clients, and especially potential buyers, will be grateful for your scrupulousness, 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 tactic to interest potential buyers since they can view the layout and characteristics of the home before and after a tour. Get in touch to learn more about our home measurement and floorplan services.