|SQ. FT. LIVING AREA TAX RECORDS VS APPRAISER|
ALL INTERESTED PARTIES TO VERIFY SHARED INFORMATION; 10 reasons, public records and appraiser square feet reports may differ;
-01-, Estimation: Assessors office may not physically measure structure; the official reported square feet report may come from estimated algorithum or arial view?
-02-, Wrong Information: may be reported to city/county when original structure was built, possibly the builder measured incorrectly?.
-03-, Other area's & structures may have been reported incorrectly; i.e. Enclosed patio, Basement, Detached Studio, Porch, Garage, or other incorrectly reported as living area? ( when it should not have been).
did you know / an area must have direct access to main structure (dwelling) to be counted as living area) or have separate permit with signed completion.
-04-, Changed Plans: maybe original plans were altered before final inspection and not reported before being signed off or new plan with included changes were never sent or the city or county lost reports?.
-05-, Permitted / Not Updated: a property owner may do an addition with a permit, but the assessors office never updated the profile--human error?
-06-, NOT PERMITTED: property owner may perform an unpermitted addition/remodel?
SHOULD AN UNPERMITTED ADD ON BE CONSIDERED LIVING AREA?
-07-, THE FIVE (5') FOOT RULE: Fannie May Standards for living area, any wall portion under 5' high cannot be counted as living area. i.e. ATTICS] & SECOND STORIES-lower areas may be considered (Bldg Area) and not-living area...Be Careful that a property's actual living area is not correctly measured,
(THIS MAY RESULT IN AN INACCURATE EVALUATION OF ACTUAL LIVING AREA)
-08-, Ceiling Height: must be minimum of (7') seven feet high and 50% of ceiling must be 7' high.
i.e. Converted Attic; may not meet 7' high ceiling height limit, so, appraiser cannot consider as living area - can still add value but, will not be included in the living area square foot report.
-09-, Appraiser Error: tax records may be correct, but the appraiser is wrong.
-10-, Bad Workmanship: perhaps there is a permitted legal addition with unacceptable wormanship that is not worthy to qualify as living area?
If square feet report of living area is questionable, Obtain the service of someone who can accurately measure and report to you. Accurate information is necessary to allow for proper pricing adjustments.
Above Information Deemed Reliable But Not Verified