Do You Laser? Watching the Red Dot
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Laser Measuring Tool
One of the fastest and reliable ways to measure properties is with a laser distance measurer. These devices are accurate to 1/8th inch over long distances, not that we ever need that preciseness.
I started in this business like most other appraisers using a 100′ tape and a 25-30′ tape. I still carry those in my ‘tool pouch’ when measuring, but a majority of the time I use my laser. There are times when I find the tapes better for a particular situation.
There are several manufacturers of laser distance measurers, with probably the best known having a name that starts with “D.” While excellent, these can be pretty expensive depending on the model, and in some versions, quite large, so carrying them and using them, and justifying the cost, may be an issue for some appraisers.
You may not know this, but most of the primary internal components of laser measurer devices are made by Leica, a respected German lens and laser manufacturer. So regardless of which brand you buy, the actual laser is probably from Leica. Generally speaking, the more you spend, the longer distance you can ‘shoot’ and the more features the hand-held unit will have.
So that brings me to the point of this message. And by the way, I don’t work for, or have an ownership interest, in any of the companies mentioned here. Today I found a smaller laser measurer from a ‘big box hardware store’. I use a similar-sized laser from another manufacturer. For most properties, this one will be adequate for your first laser, or perhaps to replace the big brick unit you may now have. Here’s the link.
I’ll promise you this: once you start using a laser distance measurer, you will hardly ever need to drag out your tape. And you’ll probably wish you had started using a laser a long time ago! If you’re a bit nervous to spend the buckaroos, contact local appraisers you know and ask to see how they work ‘in the real world’. Good appraisers won’t mind helping you learn.
Watching the red dot…