Self Leveling Cross-line Laser Easily Shows How Uneven the Floors Are

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Real Estate Agent with Atlanta Communities Real Estate Brokerage GREC #208281

 

Quickly lets you see if homes are level and plumb

Key Points

  • It shoots visible laser beams as far as 50 feet
  • No walking back and forth trying to feel the slope of the floor
  • A nice, small tool about the size of a good tape measure
  • The Bosch GLL 55 Self-Leveling Cross-Line Laser is pretty neat

 

I'm sure you've been in homes where you feel like you're either walking uphill or downhill.  

Your buyers walk back and forth over the same area saying how sloped the floors are.  You agree, "Yep, they sure are". 

But just how much are they off kilter?  Is it just a bulge in the middle of the floor or is there settling on one side of the home?

I had a situation this week where I had my buyers call up Atlas Piers to come out and take a look at a big step crack in the brick veneer on one side of a house that they were interested in maybe putting an offer in on.

This is the second time I recommended Atlas Piers and it's the second time that the actual owner/president of the company, Wayne Farris, showed up to give us his opinion.  I don't know how Wayne does it.  Unlike other companies in the field, he doesn't charge to have him come out to evaluate a situation. 

When you are just a potential buyer and not the actual owner of the home, very few companies want to waste their time because there's a good chance the potential buyer will never even end up buying the home.  But Wayne comes out and takes his time to size up the situation and tell you his professional opinion.  He isn't there to talk you into some expensive work that he can do.  Last fall he came out for another buyer of mine and told them there was nothing to worry about.  He could have easily tried to sell them a few thousand dollar piers that his company specializes in.

After looking at the crack outside, we came inside to see if we could identify how much settling we could see inside.  There were no cracks in the sheetrock but there was a closet door that was a little uneven.

 

Wow!!! It reminds me of a Star Wars light saber

Wayne pulled out what looked like a big contractor's tape measure. He set it down on the floor at the far end of the room and pressed the on button.  His gadget shot out two red laser lines, a horizontal and a vertical line that were projected onto the wall.

The neat thing about it is that it is self-leveling.  It doesn't matter if the surface you place it on is level.  It has some kind of internal pendulum of some type that levels itself out so the laser beam it shoots out is always level.  If you place the device on the floor, the beam exits the device about one inch above the floor.  If the floor is level, the horizontal beam it projects onto the far wall will be the same one inch up off of the floor.  In this particular case, the horizontal beam was five inches above the floor on the wall that was about 20 feet away.  So that means the house moved about 4 inches.

It's a pretty neat device.  You can quickly quantify the levelness of floors in a very visual manner. 

It also shoots out a vertical line so you can see how plumb the walls are.  You can set it next to a vertical wall and see if it's leaning or if it's bulging in the middle.

I thought to myself "Damn, I got to get me one of those". So I wrote done the make and model number so I could buy one myself if it didn't cost too much.

It was a Bosch GLL 55 Self-Leveling Cross-Line Laser that's available on Amazon for $129.

That seemed pretty reasonable to me so I ordered one. 

I can't wait until I get it and can test it out in the field with buyers who think they detect uneven floors.  I'll be ready and say, "I have a gadget for that" and pull out my handy-dandy cross-line laser level.  I'm thinking that buyers will be pretty impressed, just like I was.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About the Author:  Tim Maitski has been a full time Realtor since 1999. He has sold several hundreds of homes in areas around metro Atlanta.  Tim started with RE/MAX Greater Atlanta and is now with Atlanta Communities Real Estate Brokerage.

 

Along with blogging on ActiveRain, he provides one of the best real estate websites in Atlanta at www.HomeAtlanta.com .

 

His proprietary  "Maitski Line Reports" chart out the absorption rates over the past 14 years in 37 different market areas.  Know when it's a good time to buy or a good time to sell.    

 

His online Property Tax Calculator allows you to compare property taxes in many counties and cities around the Atlanta area.  He provides the Atlanta MLS Power Search Tool that allows searches of homes using over 35 specific criteria.

 

Over the years, Tim has optimized his business so that he now can offer a huge 50% commission rebate to his buyers.  The more experience one gets, the easier the job becomes.

 

Tim also has a "Five Days to Sold" System that uses an intensive marketing blitz to create a showing frenzy that creates urgency and offers.

 

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Erika Rae Albert, Austin Real Estate Expert
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What a cool tool!  I've never seen this in action, but I may need to order one myself!  

Jan 24, 2018 09:44 AM #1
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
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Good morning Tim Maitski 

Thank you for sharing your information

Have a great day.

Jan 24, 2018 09:47 AM #2
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Peter den Boer
Atlanta Communities - Woodstock, GA
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Tim, I like it! As a gadget guy mysely, I will be ordering this soon!

Jan 25, 2018 05:05 AM #3
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Michelle Francis
Tim Francis Realty LLC - Atlanta, GA
Realtor, Buckhead Atlanta Homes for Sale & Lease

Tim, 

Great seeing you today at our "MEET-UP".   Fabulous device.  I do really like Atlas Piers as well.  

Off to order one of these gadgets.  Old homes in Atlanta have a lot of slopes - nice to know how significant BEFORE we go under contract.

All the best, Michelle

Jan 27, 2018 01:43 PM #4
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