April 9th, 2015
I am finding that photographers offering room measurements and floor plans are becoming a hot trend. I am wondering if anyone else is seeing this or offering these services, and how they charge for it? Also, for the photographers that offer it, have they had success with specific floor plan creation apps/software that does not take hours to complete?
Several people have asked questions about floor plans recently and Matthew in Toronto was just telling me last night that he has a $25 CAD add-on where he will measure all the rooms with a laser measuring device. Note that the $25 add-on is just room dimensions, not a full floor plan. Matthew charges $125 to $175 CAD for a full floor plan because it takes much more time to create. Matthew says 98% of his clients want the $25 measurement add-on because most MLSs in Canada require agents supply room dimensions to put a listing on the MLS. Not all MLSs require room dimensions but if yours does this is a natural add-on. This is an example of why you want to understand your all local MLS requirements so you can tailor your products to meet the needs of your clients.
A full floor plan has 3 components:
- Determining room dimensions: Done like Matthew does, with a laser measuring device.
- Making a floor plan drawing: You need some software to help make a great looking drawing. There are literally hundreds of applications and Apps and websites that will do this. Here are just a few:
- Presenting the floor plan online: Just putting a floor plan drawing in a tour like a photo is not very compelling way to present floor plans. Tourbuzz.net has great built-in features for floor plan presentation that integrates the floor plan with photos and video. Click here for a tutorial of how tourbuzz.net.
How do you create and price floor plans and room dimensions?