Some of our customers don’t need a full appraisal. They may need only a partial service report. Many times, the question you want answered is simply “How big is it?” We can do that for you.
Why do you need to know how big it is? One common reason is marketing your property for sale. Everyone wants to know how big it is. When you list your home for sale in the greater Houston area, the MLS system auto-imports the quoted living area of your home from the local appraisal district. You may have added an additional 1,000 square feet of living area, but the appraisal district records may not be current enough to reflect your addition.
Most Realtors will not alter the appraisal district information without good support. The potential for liability is too great. Representing your property as larger than it really is can lead to a lawsuit.
By hiring a qualified, state certified appraiser to measure your property, you and your Realtor, can present your property to buyers accurately and without fear of potential future liability.
The principle area in residential properties is technically called Gross Living Area (GLA). Gross Living Area is defined differently by a number of entities. It is generally described as the contiguous finished area, above grade level. Sounds simple enough. It gets more complicated.