A visual representation of the scale and layout of a property – a floor plan – is essential for effective property marketing.

You’ll need a floor plan because most buyers will ask for it

How will a floor plan enhance marketing?
Ninety percent of potential buyers feel that a floor plan is essential.
It allows buyers to visualize the property before they come for a viewing.
Listings with floor plans attract far more attention than those without.

To draw accurate floor plans, you’ll need:
A laser measure
Graph paper
A pencil and eraser
For a large garden, you’ll need a measuring wheel or long tape measure.

What measurements should you take?
A good floor plan will show the correct measurements of all the areas, including outbuildings and balconies.

You must measure:
Exterior walls and garden
Interior walls of every room
Doors and windows
Permanent fittings and fixtures
Any outbuildings such as the garage

How to measure a room:
Be sure to take all measurements in meters and millimeters. To ensure accurate data, you must take at least two measurements in each room – the width and the length. It’s also advisable to measure each wall by placing the laser at the bottom of the wall.

Ideas for drawing your floor plan:
You’d be wise to walk through the property first. If there’s more than one floor, start the sketch from the same position on each floor.

Pro tips for good floor plans:
Decide which unit of measurement is equal to a square on the graph paper; for example, one large square equals one meter.
Draw the large rooms first
Use a separate page and label for each floor
Number all the bedrooms
Be sure to label open plan areas (i.e. kitchen or reception)
Include the measurement of the stair width in the plan
Include a North facing arrow in the corner of every page.

The symbols guide will help you illustrate the position of:
Windows and doors
Workbenches, sinks and cupboards in the kitchen
Baths and showers
Don’t forget to indicate all stairs

Conversion
The whole idea for the drawing is to include it in your listings to interest and convert potential buyers:
How to convert a sketch into a professional drawing:

1. The DIY method:
You’ll find several options (like Metropix) that will help you convert sketches via a simple drag and drop feature, but it takes time.

2. Use a professional service

Often the most practical option is using an online service where you can quickly upload an image of your sketch for a professional conversion.

PropertyRender.com is an excellent option for converting your floor plan sketch/blueprints into a 2D or 3D floor plan. It will save time and energy, letting you focus on sales and getting more listings.
You cannot deny the value of floor plans. The market is so competitive, and with excellent photographs and floor plans, you will undoubtedly attract more interest.

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