Lately I have been writing about appraiser home measurement and floor plan sketching services (some Portland, OR agents call it “Room Service”). This week’s blog shares one example of a recently measured property that had had a significant discrepancy between the county records and actual measurements.
The above illustration shows my floor plan measurement on the left and the county records on the right, as well as a table comparing the two on the far right. By looking at the floor plans closely, you will note some important differences. First, the entire home is about four feet wider than the county records show. This is most evident when comparing the wall between the finished area of the house and the garage. Another significant difference is that the county shows the wrong location for one of the turrets on the second floor. These variations, and other smaller discrepancies, result in the county having 275 fewer square feet on record for this property.
What could have caused the disagreement between appraiser measurements and the county? I can only speculate in the case of this property. It is quite possible that the county used plans submitted at the time of construction for the living area calculation, and that the owner or builder made modifications to the plans after obtaining permits. Because of this experience, and many other similar ones, I have learned to always double check critical data regardless of the source.
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