This is a question I commonly hear especially from new agents that have yet to have crossed this bridge in agent training…. And I wanted to review it for everyone.
Tax records are entered based on the drawings of the architectural firm which once built, may or may not be correct. Those figures are then often entered into MLS by the developer or maybe not ever listed. Developers are not held to the same standard that real estate agents are in their “check and check again” processes. Developers often include unheated square footage as “heated” without verification.
When resale day does come, sellers and their agents can be disappointed if no expectations were set initially. If the home is the first resale the expectation should be set that there may be a variance. Having the home measured is not only good business, but it reduces or eliminates the agent’s liability.
Providing a floorplan for potential buyers to visualize furnishings or new home additions is a huge bonus to both buyer and seller. In truth, very few measurements ever match the tax records as appraisers can attest to.