How getting your house properly measured could put more money in your pocket

You may wonder how you could put more money in your pocket just by getting your home measured.  Well, I’m going tobirmingham house measuring explain to you two ways that this could happen.

The first situation occurs when you put your home on the market for sale.  One of the key areas of comparison an appraiser uses to compare houses is its gross living area (GLA).  The GLA is the homes heated and cooled living space.  If a comparable is smaller than your home then an upward adjustment is made, however if it is larger then a downward adjustment is made.  If homes in your area are selling for $80-$100 per square foot (s.f.), and the GLA of your home is understated by 100 s.f., then your home’s value could be off by $8,000-$10,000!  Would you want to lose that much in selling your home?  In today’s market, when prices have been lower than normal, every little bit helps.

On the other end of the spectrum if the size of your home is overstated, and your home is priced to reflect this greater living area, then it could be overpriced.  When it does go under contract it may not appraise because it was over valued based on a larger GLA.  The best time to find out what the accurate square footage of your home is would be at the beginning when you list it, not at the back end of the transaction when it could potentially kill the deal.

The second situation where knowing the GLA could help you is in you property taxes and the counties valuation of your home.  The county applies a price per square foot to the GLA of your home to come up with it’s value.  Your taxes are based on this value, so if that is overstated because of incorrect living area calculations, then you could be paying too much in property taxes.  If a measurement and sketch of your home reveals that it is smaller then what they are showing, the sketch could be provided to them so that your taxes could be lowered.  Paying less in property taxes could put more money in your pocket, right?  Do you have a positive or negative story about how incorrect GLA effected the sale of your home or the amount of your property taxes?  Leave me a message below, I’d like to hear from you.

If you have any real estate appraisal related questions you can call me at 205.243.9304, email me, or connect with me on Facebook., Twitter, or Youtube.

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