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 relatively easily 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
- The monthly subscription options offer good value for money
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 Metropix floor plans for your property listings but don’t want to create them yourself, our Floorplan Sketch Conversion service is the answer!
We can create the floorplan for you in Metropix, 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
- We can create plans in your Metropix account (no additional charge) or our Elements account (+ £2.00)
- We’ll send you a high-resolution JPG, a Metropix URL, and a Metropix reference number for pasting into your agency software
Should you wish to take a deep dive into how we process Metropix orders, please take a look at our article all about Metropix orders.
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