Need your home measured or a floorplan for your property? Let Bayou State Appraisals, LLC help.
Home remodels and poor estimates on public records can affect a property's value — and a potential buyer's interest in it. Let our appraisers give you a reliable estimation of property size to establish a fair value when acquiring a home, marketing a property to potential clients, or minimizing your property taxes.
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What are measurement services?
Home measurement services are just what they sound like: An appraiser measures the dimensions and area of a property, then draws a basic or highly detailed floorplan based on your requirements. The appraiser's report and floorplan is a form that can be used to prove the accurate Gross Living Area (GLA), the sum of all livable space, of your home. These services are helpful and often essential when challenging property taxes or selling a property.
How do floorplan services work?
During a home measurement or floorplan service, an appraiser takes measurements of your home or property with a measuring tool — generally a tape measure or laser measuring device. As they tour the house, they note the layout of the rooms and other features, like stairs, patios, and pantries. They may sketch out the property. Then, the appraiser types up a report and detailed floorplan showing the total living area and the general layout of the home. The resulting report is a document that can be used to prove certain specs of your property — like the Gross Living Area (GLA) — on tax documentation, home listings, and more.
When should I get a measurement service?
Tax records frequently reflect incorrect square footage because the values can come from several sources, and occasionally go unproven — meaning you may be taxed for more square footage than you actually own! Unless a certified appraiser has completed a recent evaluation or measurement service on your property (after any renovation that may have affected square footage), you'll need one to perform a home measurement service before attempting to dispute your taxes. An appraiser will establish the accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes can reflect your actual square footage — and you can stop paying more than your house is worth.
Selling a property
A measuring service will ensure that you're paid fair market value for your house. Square footage is one of the biggest factors potential buyers examine when purchasing a house — but since square footage values are often approximated rather than properly measured, your property listing might reflect less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it can take credit for. An inaccurate GLA not only reduces the 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 home or property is to refer to a recent appraisal or home measurement service carried out by a certified appraiser (after any renovation that may have affected square footage).
Material for agents
To ensure that your client's home sells at a price that accurately reflects true market value, we advise requesting a measurement of the property. Clients, and especially potential buyers, will appreciate your thoroughness, and you can be confident in knowing the GLA on your client's listing is a true representation of their home. A measurement can also be a fantastic marketing tool for enticing potential buyers because they can see the layout and characteristics of the property before and after a tour. Contact Bayou State Appraisals, LLC today to find out more about our floorplan services.