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.
Floorplan Conversion by Elements
If you were to try out our Floorplan Conversion service, you’d see that we do all the hard work, so you don’t have to. How long will it take you to make a floor plan yourself in AutoCAD? A few hours? All day? Most of the week? How much will that cost in man-hours?
Our average turnaround for Floorplan Conversion is just three hours. Think of all the time and money you could save (we’re very affordable!) 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?
If you love what we do (and we’re sure you will) we offer excellent value for money with 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?