I thought I’d share an interesting experience that happened a few days ago.
When I showed up to shoot a high-end acreage property, my client pointed out that the homeowner is a builder and built the property that I was about to shoot. He pointed out that when the property was listed a few years ago, there was a great deal of uncertainty about the square footage.
The owner/builder was adamant that he knew the precise square footage of the property. In my jurisdiction (Alberta, Canada) there’s a specific measurement standard that must be used by realtors – which often is different from builder’s measurements because they don’t necessarily adhere to the the real estate standard. So we have to take builder’s measurements with a grain of salt, despite the owner claiming his measurements were compliant.
When the listing was previously listed, three companies measured the property. One of them was an iGuide operator. None of the measurements were consistent.
I shot the property as I always do with my IMS-5 and waited impatiently for the measurements to come back.
The iGuide results came back at 2896 sq ft. The owner/builder’s measurements were 2890 sq ft. We’re talking about. 0.002% variance, and some of that might be explained by the owner saying the wall thickness is 6 3/8", which I rounded to 6.5".
My takeaways from this:
- I’m very happy with the accuracy of the IMS-5.
- The realtor was very happy with the accuracy. In fact, he asked me if I coached the drafters on what square footage to use. (Which of course, we can’t do because the data is mathematical.)
- The onsite process for iGuide operators is important. I’m not sure how else to explain that the original measurements from a different iGuide operator were over 100 sq ft off.
The owner was pleased that the results matched his expectation, the realtor was pleased that his choice of measurer/photographer made him look good and reinforced his choice to continue hiring me, and I was pleased that I continue having confidence in the results of my IMS-5.
It was a good experience.