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 with Metropix and AutoCAD. 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
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