When Having a Home Measured Makes a Huge Difference
March 29, 2018
Ryan Bays, SRA, AI-RRS
I'm a husband, a father to six girls, and an SRA & AI-RRS designated real estate appraiser at Riverfront Appraisals, LLC with offices in Owensboro, Kentucky and Tell City, Indiana.
We often get asked to measure homes for Realtors. We love doing this! Especially when it makes a HUGE difference in what square footage can be advertised. This week, we had the privilege of helping Joy Colburn-Raymond, Realtor with one of her new listings. She was correct in questioning the PVA square footage. Because the PVA doesn’t enter homes, they missed a finished room behind the garage, and also miscalculated the width of the garage. This resulted in a net increase of 141 square feet! Now in a larger home, 141 square feet might not be that big of a deal, but in this case — instead of being just under 1,000 square feet, the home we measured is actually just under 1,200 square feet. Now that’s a big difference!
I have a ton of respect for all of our Realtor friends who ask us to measure homes. This shows they’re going the extra mile, doing what it takes, to serve their clients well. We love our local PVA, and are thankful for all the information they provide, but if you’re advertising your listing’s square footage based on measurements provided by someone who doesn’t enter the home, then you do NOT have your client’s best interest at heart. And, if you’re selling your home by owner, you could potentially be losing out on THOUSANDS by getting your square footage wrong.
If you have questions about square footage, or would like us to measure a home for you, give us a call. We’d love to help!