Obviously, custom branded floorplans are seriously cool. Here’s why.
As well as giving your potential buyers a better idea of the size and layout of a property, they also show your attention to detail as an estate agent. In particular, branded floor plans look really professional and are a great selling tool for your agency.
Here are some reasons why you need branded floor plans in your listings.
1: They increase brand awareness
When prospective buyers or tenants are browsing properties online, the chances are they haven’t paid much attention to the names of the estate agents representing each one.
One thing that house hunters will almost certainly pay attention to, however, is the floor plan. By adding your company name or logo to your floor plan, you can increase brand awareness.
2: They stand out
Floor plans have become more and more commonplace on property listings. This means that you need to up your game if you want to stand out.
Using your brand colours can make your floor plans really eye catching. This could be just the hook you need to get someone looking at your property in detail or picking up the phone.
3: They show your dedication
While they’re not a necessity, floor plans really help buyers to imagine how they would use the space.
By not only adding floor plans but also taking the time to create them in line with your brand colours, you can demonstrate a level of dedication that other agencies’ listings may be lacking.
This will give potential buyers confidence in your abilities and attention to detail. It will also show your clients that you’re taking the job seriously.
4: They prevent theft
It can be hard to believe, but theft is more common in the property game than you might expect. With multiple agencies sometimes representing the same property, it can be tempting to steal from competitors.
Branding or watermarking your floor plans can prevent this from happening to you, as your competitors won’t want to advertise where they got it from.
Editing out all of your branding and any watermarks would also be fairly time consuming, defeating the point of stealing it in the first place!
5: They look pretty funky
Let’s be honest; property hunting isn’t always exciting. Scrolling through page after page of similar-looking listings can get tiresome, and one floor plan looks much like any other. That is, of course, unless you add a little branding.
Unlike their more official uses, floor plans don’t have to be black and white when used to market the property. That means you can have a little fun with them!
Don’t be shy—slap those brand colours on there! Use your main colour for the walls and your secondary shade for the floors (or vice-versa!) for a really funky floor plan.
Branded floorplan examples
Get your own branded floor plans
Once you’ve measured up your property and drawn out your floor plan (Don’t know how to draw a floor plan? Check out our handy guide and infographic), simply scan it and send it to Elements Property, and we’ll work our magic on it.
We offer lots of choices for branded floor plans to suit all your needs, including:
- Black and white floor plans
- Custom colour floor plans to match your brand
- Zoned colour floor plans
- Adding your logo
- Adding your logo as a watermark
If you’re interested in trying out our Floor Plan Sketch Conversion service, take advantage of our free trial!
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As an estate agent, you’ll know that you’re up against a lot of competition, but what can you do to stand out from the crowd and win more instructions?
We watched Rightmove’s webinar ‘What does it take to be an exceptional estate agent?’ and have summed up the key points for you. Take a look at how you can go above and beyond to be more than just a great estate agent.
What is an exceptional estate agent?
Being an average estate agent isn’t good enough.
A common statistic is that prospective sellers only invite two or three agents out for valuation. So even if you’re the fourth or fifth best agent in your area, you’re still going to miss out.
That’s why it’s important to aim for exceptional.
Rightmove analysed data from 15,000 estate agent branches and conducted 50,000 secret shops by phone and email to assess levels of service.
For the purposes of the webinar, they defined an “exceptional estate agent” as being in the top 5% of estate agents in a given area.
They also identified four fundamental areas that determine an exceptional estate agent, based on what customers want.
Let’s look at these in more detail.
Marketing a property is about more than just sticking it on Rightmove and waiting by the phone.
Exceptional estate agents make sure that their listings are well presented and enticing. This includes:
- High-quality, eye-catching property photos
- At least five photos
- A floorplan
- A unique and well written description
- Tailoring the listing to the target market (e.g. “a perfect family home”)
- Accurate pricing (including reviewing and updating the price as necessary)
- Updating the listing every couple of weeks (e.g. changing the lead photo or amending the description)
How you handle enquiries makes a big impact on the way you are perceived by customers and can make or break a professional relationship.
An exceptional estate agent makes sure to treat all enquiries with care. This includes:
- Using technology to prevent calls from going unanswered
- Replying to emails as quickly as possible (preferably within 10 minutes)
- Using a customer’s preferred method of contact
- Personalising responses
- Thanking customers for their enquiry
- Sounding enthusiastic when answering the phone
- Asking about a customer’s current situation
- Confirming next steps
- Including contact details in emails
- Using call recording for staff training purposes
Securing a sale or let
While securing sales and lets is key to the success of your business, having a proven track record will help you to build trust and gain more clients.
An exceptional estate agent agrees 65% more sales than an average one. Some of the ways that they achieve this include:
- Building trusting relationships with customers
- Being picky about what stock to take on and only doing so at the right price
- Saying no to sellers with unrealistic expectations
- Speaking to sellers in person to explain a fall-through, why it happened, and what they plan to do to get it back on the market ASAP
- Being realistic and up front about timescales<.li>
Exceptional estate agents win 30% more instructions than the average in their area.
Techniques that help them to do this include:
- Handling leads well
- Being consistently good at the fundamentals
- Demonstrating how they add value when someone contacts them
- Using certificates on Rightmove
- Showing how they do things better at every stage of the process
- Using exceptional care and attention to detail
- Providing a better service, allowing them to charge a higher fee
Elements Property can help you to become an exceptional estate agent
Having a detailed, enticing property portfolio will not only help you to sell more properties but will show potential customers that you will provide a dedicated service should you win instructions from them.
We can help you to make your property marketing the best it can be and set you on the path to being an exceptional estate agent.
Our Image Enhancement service will make sure that your property photos are high quality, enticing and free from distracting clutter.
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We’re excited to announce a new feature of our Floorplan Sketch Conversion service – Zoned colour floorplans.
A feature that’s been requested a lot recently is the ability to assign different colours to different parts of a property on floorplan orders.
We’ve been working hard behind the scenes to make this a reality and now Zoned colour floor plans are ready for service!
What is a Zoned colour floorplan?
Zoned colour floorplans separate different spaces and areas of the property by filling a particular room or area with a specific colour.
Living areas, bedrooms, bathrooms, storage areas etc are differentiated by using unique colours for each ‘zone’.
How do I order a Zoned colour floorplan?
Is this like a Metropix floorplan?
Those of you familiar with Metropix floor plans may recognise the similarity of the colours. We’ve designed the Zoned colour scheme to match this.
This means you can order a floorplan that we’ll produce in AutoCAD that looks just like a Metropix floorplan, but avoids the need to actually use Metropix.
Can I change the colours?
Please note, the colours used in Zoned colour floorplans are fixed and cannot be customised. If you’d like more customisation over the colour of your floorplans, you should order a Custom colour floorplan, please see this article.
Is there any extra charge?
No, Zoned colour floorplans don’t carry any additional charges and are the same price as other Floorplan Sketch Conversion orders. Learn more about pricing.
Want Elements to create your Zoned colour floor plans?
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A chartered surveyor will adhere to certain standards when measuring a property to ensure that it is as accurate as possible.
If you know how much it costs to hire a chartered surveyor, you might be wondering whether you can just do the measurements yourself. The answer is yes, but you’ll need to get familiar with the RICS Code of Measuring Practice if you want to do the job properly.
What is the RICS?
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is a professional body governing qualifications and standards in land, property, infrastructure and construction in the UK.
The RICS has put together the Code of Measuring Practice to allow property professionals to give accurate measurement of buildings and land on a consistent basis. This includes standardising the calculation of areas and the description or specification of land and buildings.
Accurate measurements are essential for many applications, including property valuation, taxation, sales and lettings.
Many companies measure differently, sometimes adding up to 10% onto a property’s square footage. Inconsistencies in how properties are measured can lead to buyers or renters overpaying, which is what the RICS is aiming to prevent.
It’s worth looking at the Code in full, but here are some key elements that you’ll need to be aware of.
Gross External Area (GEA)
Gross External Area is the area of a building measured externally at each floor level. Party walls are measured to their centre lines.
What does GEA include?
Check the Code for full information. As a guide, GEA includes:
- The thickness and projections of external walls
- Areas occupied within internal walls and partitions
- Outbuildings that share at least one wall with the main building
Gross Internal Area (GIA)
Gross Internal Area is the area of a building measured to the internal face of the perimeter
walls at each floor level.
What does GIA include?
Check the Code for full information. As a guide, GIA includes:
- Areas occupied by internal walls and partitions
- Mezzanines with permanent access
- Service accommodation such as toilets and bathrooms
GIA is the measure normally shown on estate agent floor plans for property marketing.
Accuracy of measurements
The RICS guidelines note that it is essential for measurements not to be misleading, either intentionally or unintentionally. Depending on the circumstances, what is being measured and the equipment used, different levels of accuracy may be suitable.
When pacing out a large area such as a carpark, a tolerance of +/-10% of the total area may be acceptable. When using a laser measuring device to determine the internal area of usable office space, a stricter tolerance of +/-1% would be more suitable.
To keep measurements as accurate as possible, the Code suggests introducing checking measures. These checks might include a regime of regular equipment calibration and software updates to ensure reliability.
Creating a floor plan to RICS guidelines
You can use your newfound knowledge of GEA and GIA to make your floor plan super accurate.
If you’re not sure where to start when drawing up a floor plan, follow our guide to drawing a floor plan. The step-by-step instructions make a seemingly daunting task very manageable.
Once you’ve sketched out the property’s basic layout and added all those detailed measurements, you’ll need to convert it into a neat, clear floor plan. We’ve got a guide on how to do that, too.
Let Elements Property create your RICS floor plan
After you’ve gone to the trouble of measuring and drawing out the property, you’ve probably already spent more time than you wanted to on it, and all you’ve got to show is a sketch.
That’s where our Floor Plan Sketch Conversion service comes in.
Send us your floor plan sketch and we’ll convert it into a high-quality digital floor plan in just a matter of hours. Sit back and let us fiddle with design software while you get on with something more pressing.
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You’ve already sketched the property layout for the EPC, why not convert it into a digital floorplan as well?
As a DEA providing EPCs to your estate and letting agent clients, you’ll be sketching out the bulk of the detail needed to produce a digital floorplan in the EPC sketch.
With a tiny bit more detail you’ll have all you need to convert the floorplan sketch into a proper digital floorplan your client can use to market the property!
If you want to increase the strings to your bow, increase your revenue for each property visit and win more work from your clients, read on to find out how you can easily convert EPC sketches into digital floor plans—and why you should.
Why is offering property floor plans important?
Working closely with estate agents, you’ll understand that the housing market is highly competitive. With 95% of buyers conducting their property search online, creating an accurate, enticing listing has never been more important. That’s where floor plans come in.
Many agents outsource the floor plan part of the property marketing package to a third party, often the EPC assessor, so if you’re already whizzing round measuring up for the EPC and sketching it down using a good old fashioned pencil and paper, you’re perfectly placed to offer this important service.
If you can’t offer both, then your client may look to find someone who can do everything in one swift visit – less hassle for everyone involved.
Including a digital floor plan as part of your EPC package will make you stand out from your competitors and help you to win more work—without incurring extra work for yourself.
Offering floor plans as part of an EPC assessment
When surveying a property to issue an EPC, you’ll know all to well how to sketch the basic property layout, with a little more care measuring a few more walls, you’ll have a floorplan sketch ripe for conversion.
With an EPC sketch, you can sometimes get away with just the external doors and walls and a few internal walls. For a proper floor plan sketch, include the following…
- All internal walls (and as many measurements as possible)
- Internal doors
- Windows (roughly marked on as a line)
- The kitchen worktop, hob and sink
- Toilets, sinks, baths and showers
We dive into a little more detail in our article How to draw a floorplan. There’s also a nice free infographic to download that walks you through the steps.
How do you convert EPC sketches into digital floor plans?
The good news is … you don’t! After you’ve sketched out your floor plan and added the extra details, you can simply send it to Elements Property and we’ll take care of the rest.
Our rapid turnaround times mean that you get your finished floor plan back in as little as just 3 hours. And at just £6.95 + VAT per plan, we’re hardly going to eat into your profits!
So you’re already going to the property, you’re already sketching out a floor plan, and you don’t even have to convert the sketch yourself. You have to admit, it’s a pretty low-effort way to increase your revenue.
Floor Plan Sketch Conversion from Elements Property
We’re pretty proud of all our services, but we understand that they might sound too good to be true. That’s why we offer a free trial to DEAs, so you can see the results for yourself with no risk and no commitment.
Just use code BLOG38 when you register for an account to check out our Floor Plan Sketch Conversion service free of charge!
As an estate agent, you’ll know that floor plans are an essential addition to your listings. They give a clear idea of the size and layout of a property and help potential buyers to imagine themselves living there.
When it comes to drawing up those plans, you’ll want to use some floor plan software to keep things simple and make sure your final plan looks professional.
AutoCAD is a popular choice for creating clear and professional architectural drawings, but is it the best floor plan software for estate agents?
Let’s talk AutoCAD
AutoCAD is a computer-aided design (CAD) and drafting application that allows you to create 2D and 3D drawings. It’s incredibly versatile, making it the software of choice for architects, product designers, engineers and more.
AutoCAD was first released in 1982, so there’s loads of heritage behind it. This isn’t some new piece of software whipped up for the digital age; it’s a well-established tool that’s used all over the world to create amazing designs for everything from custom guitars to architectural masterpieces.
Is AutoCAD too versatile for estate agents?
Because it was created to design just about anything, AutoCAD is packed full of features that give endless possibilities. This may be more of a hindrance than a help if you’re new to CAD software.
Rather than being a simple drawing or drag-and-drop experience, CAD programs require commands and prompts, which can be a steep learning curve. Fortunately, AutoCAD includes specialist toolsets to make your life easier.
AutoCAD Architecture is a toolset that gives you architectural drawing features. This helps you to automate the drafting process. It boasts over 8,000 intelligent architectural objects and styles to simplify the task for you, which is pretty helpful!
AutoCAD costs how much?!
A subscription to AutoCAD isn’t exactly cheap, starting at £1,758 per year.
One thing to bear in mind with the price is that it reflects the huge possibilities of AutoCAD. It’s more than just floor plan software, so if that’s all you’re planning to use it for, it might not be worth the investment.
If you’ve not done so already, take a look at our article about Metropix. It’s been specifically created as floor plan design software, so you might find it easier to use.
Another great option is to hire someone else (Elements, perhaps?) to create your floor plan in AutoCAD for you. This means that you’ll only pay for each floor plan that you need and nothing else.
Floor Plan Sketch Conversion by Elements Property
Our Floor Plan Sketch Conversion service starts at just £6.95 + VAT per floor plan. That means you could get 211 floor plans for the cost of one year’s Metropix subscription. Bargain.
The added bonus is that we do all the work, so you don’t have to. How long will it take you to make a floor plan yourself in AutoCAD? All day? Most of the week? How much will that cost in man-hours?
Our average turnaround for Floor Plan Sketch Conversion is just three hours. Think of all the time and money you could save! All you need to do is make a rough plan of the property the next time you’re there, send it to us with a few measurements, and we’ll do all the rest.
Want some free floor plans?
Of course you do! Just use the promo code BLOG37 when you sign up for your account and we’ll give you a free trial. Those bargains just keep coming!
If you love what we do (and we’re sure you will) we offer clear, flat rates for our service. There’s no annual fee, no contract and no limit to how many floor plans you can have. You’ll only pay for what you want, when you want it. Sounds pretty good, right?
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Admit it. You kind of hate using Metropix. You’re an estate agent with a passion for selling property, not making floor plans. This isn’t what you signed up for. So now you’re googling “alternative to Metropix” in the hopes that there’s an easier way.
Well, you’re in luck! There are a few options available. Read on.
Sorry, what was Metropix again?
If you’re reading this article then you probably already know what Metropix is (and we’ve already covered it in some detail here), but let’s go over the basics just in case.
Metropix is a popular service for creating property floor plans, used by estate agents nationwide. Its drag-and-drop system allows you to quickly place doors, windows and other features. You can extend the walls, click to add rooms, and just keep building until your plan is complete.
Once you’re done, you can either use the Metropix link or download the image to show off your property to potential buyers. This gives them a good idea of the size, layout and features of a property before they’ve even visited.
A lot of estate agents aren’t super keen on using Metropix, but it’s pretty well known so it’s got a bit of a monopoly on property floor plans (Do not pass Go, do not collect £200).
If you’d like to try an alternative to Metropix, read on!
PlanUp is a simple yet powerful piece of software for creating floor plans. Its functionality is similar to Metropix, with the ability to enter the wall dimensions, label the rooms and add doors, windows, etc. You can also add photos into your floor plans.
The monthly subscription costs £39.99 + VAT and allows you to create 2D and 3D floor plans across any number of devices.
RoomSketcher is an American-based company offering floor plan software for estate agents and interior designers. You can create 2D or 3D floor plans and can even furnish and decorate your properties (though, admittedly, that’s probably more of interest to interior designers).
The floor planning software comes as part of the annual subscription. Similar to Metropix, you also need to purchase credits to create your projects. The VIP option costs $49 per year, while the Pro version is $99.
Another American company, RapidSketch offers a similar service to the others, so we’ll focus on the differences. You can scan your initial sketch or blueprints and import them into the software to trace, making life a little easier. It also does lots of calculations for you, such as wall angles and room area, which is pretty nifty if that’s something you need.
You can purchase a licence for $149, with multi-buy discounts if you want to use it on more than one machine. They also offer a free 15-day trial so you can try before you buy.
Homestyler offers a free basic tool to create floor plans in a similar drag-and-drop style to those we’ve already looked at. You can add furniture and there’s also a camera feature, allowing you to look round the rooms you’ve created (a bit like Google Street View). Projects can be saved as as public or private, and you can export them in PNG or DWG format.
Get someone else to do it for you
As you can see, there are quite a few alternatives to Metropix, but they all have the same drawback: You still have to do all the work.
You’ve already gone to the property, taken the measurements, sketched out your initial floor plan in pencil, and now you’re supposed to fiddle about on the computer to make it look nice? No matter what software you’re using, it’s a hassle.
If drag-and-drop is starting to feel like a drag, just get someone else to do it for you!
Here at Elements Property, we’ve got loads of experience in Floor Plan Sketch Conversion. Send us a pencil sketch and we’ll work our magic on it, delivering a professional floor plan in just 3 hours!
We offer a clear, flat rate for floor plans and you can even try our Floor Plan Sketch Conversion service for free! There’s no need to debate further; sign up for your free trial today using promocode BLOG32.LEARN MORE ABOUT FLOORPLANS
Metropix – heard of it? Tons of agents use it but how does it work? Is it any good? And how much does it cost?
So, you’re sketching out floor plans. Chances are you’ve heard of Metropix, as tons of estate agents and floor plan providers use it to convert hand-drawn sketches into finished floor plan files.
Some love it, some are fed up to the back teeth of using it. Either way, it’s very widely used so it must be useful, right?
If you’re new to creating floor plans and plan (pardon the pun) to include them in your property listings, read on to learn all about this popular software, and decide if it sounds like the right one for you.
What is Metropix?
On the surface, it’s a pretty simple idea. When you’re at the property, you measure and sketch out some rooms with a pencil and paper, marking on the windows, stairs, cupboards, toilets, sinks etc.
But then you need to turn that pencil sketch masterpiece (or abomination) in your notebook into a sleek, digital floor plan. That’s where something like Metropix comes in.
Metropix is a website and web-based software developed by Landmark that you can use to create digital floor plans for marketing properties.
It’s been around since 2005 and millions of plans have been made using it.
How does it work?
You’ve got a few options when it comes to Metropix. Your choice will depend on what you want—or how busy you are!
Draw Your Own
The first option allows you to draw your own floor plans with a drag-and-drop tool. Click to add rooms, resize the walls, then simply drop in features like doors and windows.
Metropix reckons that an average 3-bed house should take under 3 minutes to complete with its software, but if you talk to agents who actually use it, they’d tell you it can take a fair bit longer (and it’s not exactly their favorite of tasks!).
Here’s an in-depth video tutorial from Metropix themselves on to create a floor plan yourself using their Draw Your Own tool.
If you’re not particularly tech-savvy, or you’ve got lots of tricky properties, you might not fancy the DIY route. But before you dismiss this option, remember that we can help out with this fiddly bit (more on this later in the article).
If you’re too busy to draw your own floor plans (let’s face it, you’ve got better things to be doing), Metropix offers a service where you upload a scan of your initial sketch and they’ll make it for you.
The floor plan will be ready and waiting in your Metropix account within 24 hours.
Here at Elements, we offer the same thing where we convert your sketch using the Metropix software for you, but we do it much quicker and cheaper than they do!
What does Metropix cost?
You’ve got several options, and you can either pay monthly or per plan. We’ve outlined the most popular options below. To compare exactly what you get for your money, take a look at Metropix’s pricing page.
You pay £44.90 + VAT per month and you can produce up to 20 floor plans each month using the Draw Your Own tool. This works out at £2.25 + VAT per plan.
You pay £59.75 + VAT per month for up to 20 floor plans and the same features as the standard subscription, but this also includes 3D floor plan and Google Earth upgrades. This works out at £2.99 + VAT per plan.
Pay As You Go
If you just want a one-off floor plan from time to time, there’s a Pay As You Go option where you pay £7.95 + VAT per floor plan using the Draw Your Own tool.
They also call this a ‘Single Subscription Plan’ but don’t get confused; you won’t be billed each month. You only pay each time you need a floor plan.
If you want Metropix to convert your sketch for you, they charge £7.95 + VAT per plan. Bear in mind that this is on top of the monthly subscription that you pay.
If you are using the Pay As You Go option, you’ll pay £7.95 + VAT for the floor plan, PLUS £7.95 + VAT for AutoDraw. This makes a total cost of £15.90 + VAT per plan.
Additional features and upgrades
There are lots of standard features, as well as paid upgrades. For a full breakdown, check out the Metropix Products page but these features include:
- Access to millions of existing floor plans via PlanBank that you can use as templates
- Combined floor plans and photos
- Bespoke colour schemes
- A space planner allowing house-hunters to place furniture into the rooms
- 3D floor plans
- 3D walkthroughs
- Interactive 3D Google Earth plans, showing the property in its surroundings
Pros of Metropix
- You can create digital floor plans yourself with their drag-and-drop software
- PlanBank is useful for finding and customising existing plans of properties with a similar layout
- There’s no need to download software, as plans are created and stored in the cloud using their online software
- Metropix’s floor plans are compatible with all major property management solutions and agency software
Cons of Metropix
- Creating plans yourself can take up valuable time
- Metropix can be very fiddly for creating complex layouts, and it can become pretty frustrating to use
- AutoDraw takes 24 hours for you to get your completed plans back, and has additional charges
Floorplan Sketch Conversion from Elements
If you want a floorplan but Metropix isn’t for you, the Elements Property Floorplan Sketch Conversion service is the answer!
We can create the floorplan for you in a style almost identical to Metropix in a way that’s similar to their own AutoDraw service but much better. Here’s why:
- We create your finished floor plans in around 3-4 hours
- We charge £6.95 + VAT per plan (no monthly subscription)
- We can create plans in AutoCAD where there’s much more options for customisation
- We’ll send you a high-resolution file of your finished floorplan
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So you appreciate all the good things a floor plan can offer and want to know how to draw a floor plan yourself, awesome.
Like many other agents or energy assessors, maybe you’re already creating floor plans but find it too time-consuming to make the floor plans yourself in software like Metropix.
Here at Elements, we’ve got your back. We can take your hand-drawn sketch that, by the way, does not need to be a masterpiece and convert it into a finished floor plan using the industry standard – AutoCAD.
Read on to discover a simple, cost-effective way to get accurate, bespoke, professional floor plans for your properties. Here’s a simple guide on how to make a floor plan for a house with a pencil and paper.
You should end up with something like this…
What you need
To make a floor plan sketch of your house, you will need:
- A laser measure – We like this one by Leica.
- Graph paper – This pad by Silvine is really good.
- A pencil with rubber – Any will do, but these colourful Bic’s are great!
1. Start outside
Stand outside at the front of the property. Start your sketch towards the bottom corner of the paper – but leave some space in case there are any unexpected extensions or parts of the property that stick out.
The benefit of using graph paper to draw your own floor plan is that you can use each square as a unit of measurement. You could try walking the length of an external wall, counting your steps and then converting those steps to squares on the graph paper. This helps keep things roughly to scale. Or you could just do it by eye, depends on your skills.
Do this for all the walls for all floors until you have a rough ‘footprint’ of the building. Personally, I like to use a different page of graph paper per floor but you don’t have to.
2. Add external doors and windows
Whilst still outside, draw on the windows and doors. This really helps to identify where internal walls are when you head inside. Just a simple line for a window, and an arc for a door.
Don’t worry if these aren’t exactly in the right place, you’ll find out soon enough when you come to draw the internal walls. You may need to use that rubber soon.
3. Draw internal walls and doors
Head inside the front door and starting with the ground floor, head through doing your best to correctly sketch out the location of the walls. Whilst you’re at it, draw on any internal doors.
I guess this is personal preference, but you can either leave measuring the rooms with your laser measure until you have sketched all the walls or measure as you go along.
Start firing that laser. Place the bottom of your laser measure against a wall and aim it across to the other side of the room, make sure it is level and not angled up or down, then press the button to take the measurement. Write it clearly on the plan next to said wall.
A simple square room will just need two measurements. For more complex room shapes, best to take a measurement of each section of wall. As a rule of thumb, the more measurements the better.
A quick note on measurement units: We provide floor plans for real estate agents in both Metric and Imperial units, but you should be using meters and centimeters on your sketches.
5. Kitchens, bathrooms, stairs and other details
In the kitchen, draw a line or two to show the worktop location, and bang on roughly where the sink and hob is. Use your innate artistic abilities to do this in any illustrative style you like, but less is more here!
When it comes to heading upstairs, draw a few lines to show the position of the stairs. Measure the width of the stairs and not this on the plan as well.
In bathrooms and WC’s, sketch where any sinks, baths, showers and toilets are located.
Other things to include in your sketch could be cupboards in bedrooms, Velux rooflights, understairs cupboards, or anything else really – draw it, we can include it!
6. Label stuff
In your finest and most careful handwriting, make sure things are clearly identifiable.
Firstly, make sure each floor is named e.g. Ground floor, First floor, Basement etc. Then, in the center of each room, write the name of that room. And with bedrooms, identify them by number e.g. Bedroom 1, Bedroom 2 and so on. If your floor plan is spread over a few pages, number them.
Add any other notes you think will help us to correctly convert your sketch into a finished floor plan should be included as well.
Want to show the orientation? South facing gardens are good, so show this with a North arrow. Use a compass or an app to find the orientation, draw the North arrow in a corner somewhere and we’ll include it on the plan.
7. Send your Floor plan for Conversion
Once you’re happy with your sketch, send it to us for the Floor Plan Sketch Conversion treatment. With a simple drag and drop you can leave it with us to create a beautiful and bespoke floor plan for just £6.95 + VAT.
We can even customise the walls, room fill and text to any colours you like and include your logo. You’ll have the finished JPG version of your floor plans back in around 3 hours.
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Buyers love floor plans. They help listings stand out from the crowd. They can generate more enquiries, and convert those into viewings. They also help sell properties quicker. But many real estate agents don’t think they’re necessary. Why?
In a recent survey of property sellers, 80% of them said floor plans are essential or very useful when selling. A massive 88% agreed when it comes to buying a property.
Yes, a floor plan isn’t technically necessary to sell a property, but neither are photos or property descriptions. How many listings do you see without those? Floor plans are attention grabbing, and they help simplify a buyer’s decision-making. They’re every bit as important as great quality photos, and here’s three reasons why:
1. Floor plans help a buyer visualise the property better than photos alone
Research provided by Rightmove suggests over a third of buyers are less likely to enquire about a property if there’s no floor plan. 1 in 5 would actually ignore the listing completely.
Floor plans show buyers details that are difficult to get across with just photos and descriptions, such as storage space, windows, and measurements. They’re also better at displaying unique selling features like knock-throughs and extensions. That’s all information that could help a buyer decide if the property is right for them, or if it’s worth viewing at all.
Less wasted time
High-quality property photos are vital in showcasing a property in the best light. Wide angle shots score well with buyers, but some people feel they can be misleading when it comes to accurately portraying space.
You know those viewings where the buyer’s disappointed that the property isn’t what they thought from the photos? A floor plan helps avoid that by giving potential buyers and tenants a clearer visual of the entire property before they step through the door.
House-hunters can use a floor plan alongside photos to understand the layout and space of the house. They’ll see how rooms connect with each other, and how space flows throughout the property. That means no nasty surprises when they get there.
When it comes to successful property photos and viewings, all estate agents are at the mercy of the current occupiers. Cluttered, untidy rooms look smaller than they are. A clean floor plan shows the true size and potential of every room.
Mentally moving in
If a buyer can see themselves living in a property, half the estate agent’s job is done already.
Rightmove’s survey suggests that buyers want a floo rplan showing room layout, and how rooms fit in relation to the rest of the property. But what buyers rate most important in a floor plan is room dimensions.
Floor plans showing room measurements, window and door placements allow potential buyers to imagine where their own furniture will go, and how they would use the space. They may even start thinking about decorating, or how they would change the building to suit their needs.
Once they’ve started mentally planning the move, an emotional attachment to the property and a decision to buy isn’t too far off.
2. Floor plans make a property memorable later
Helping a buyer visualise a properties potential before and during a viewing is one thing, but what about after they’ve gone home? You might be getting great signals during the viewing, but when you follow it up with a call where they ask “which house was that?” it’s never a good sign.
Remember that house hunters are looking at many properties at once, and the features of each house can get mixed up when they’re seeing several each day. Including a floor plan in your listings and marketing materials help it stick in the mind.
Simply put, a visual of the layout and all its nuances makes the property you’re selling easier to remember.
Taking the stress out of viewing
A floor plan can also help in a buyer’s decision making after the viewing. Don’t forget that for some people viewing a property in a perceived time limit, and in the presence of an estate agent can be daunting, or even stressful.
Having a floor plan available to them means they can sit down, study and plan at their leisure later. Taking a closer look at measurements – or noticing parts of the property they overlooked – can help persuade a buyer into a second viewing where they might otherwise walk away.
3. A professional floor plan makes you look more professional
If your competitors are using floor plans, so should you. But if it’s something they aren’t doing yet; floor plans can give you a market advantage.
A clear, well-designed floor plan will help put your listing to the top of the pile as a professional listing from a professional business. It adds to the quality of your brand, and shows property sellers looking for an estate agent you that you’re willing to invest in your business to keep up with current property trends.
Want some help creating floor plans?
At Elements, we can convert your hand drawn sketches into fully-realised, professional 2D floor plans in around 3 hours. All you need is paper, a pencil and a laser measure (a tape measure will suffice if you’re old-skool) to sketch out the rough plan and add the dimensions and send us the building blocks of a great floor plan.
For added brand customisation, add your logo and set your brand colour scheme to match the floor plan colours for the walls, fill area and text – we think that looks really cool!
Your finished floor plan will be returned in double-quick time as a high-quality JPEG, which you can use for your own website listings, marketing materials, and easily upload to Rightmove and Zoopla listings.
To wrap up, having a floor plan in your listing makes sense for you, the buyer, and the seller:
- You’ll attract better informed buyers to sell the property quicker.
- Buyers are more informed on the property.
- Sellers gets added value to the professional service you provide.
It’s a win-win-win.LEARN MORE ABOUT FLOORPLANS