What Floor Plan Creation Software Do Real Estate Photographers Use?

July 6th, 2016

I’ve had some questions in the last few months asking besides, Matterport, what are the top software applications for creating floor plans.

Since it’s been over a year since we talked about floor plans I thought I’d do a poll this time. The poll has all the floor plan software that was discussed in the last post on floor plan software (the post and the comments).

I’ve explicitly left Matterport out of this poll because it’s more of a high-end expensive product. We’ve had separate discussions on Matterport.

So if you provide a floor plan product with your real estate photographer services please take the poll. If you use a product that’s not on the poll leave a comment and let us know which product you use. 

Note once a poll like this starts I can’t add items to the poll but we will add it to the next poll.

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11 Responses to “What Floor Plan Creation Software Do Real Estate Photographers Use?”

  • I use Apex Sketch V5 Standard. It’s available with a GUI for tablets but I still prefer graph paper and Bosch laser tape measure on location and then sketch it on Apex off site on my desktop. It works well once you learn how to use it but the learning curve was a bit rough, clunky and not very intuitive.

  • I use Total by Alamode. It is appraisal software, and has the best sketcher on the market I think. I measure in the field with a Disto bluetooth laser device, which sends the dimensions directly into my iPad, and my floorplans are 95% done when I leave the house. I’ve checked out the other options, and I think Total has the edge.

  • There’s a floorplan app for Mac only called Floordesign that I use. It’s very easy and you can add your own icons for furniture, etc. It’s also reasonably priced.
    I’ve also used floorplanner.com and find it to be pretty decent.

  • We sketch on graph paper onsite and then produce in floorplanner.com. best value for your floorplans with each plan only costing about $2.00. they seem to have the best looking assests and has a roomplanner function already incorporated for staging.

  • Hi Larry, I have been using PlanUp (formerly TMA or The Mobile Agent) for almost 10 years now. The last few years they have had an iPad app, allowing you to complete the plan at the property. No need to sketch on-site then finish on your PC, which saves time and also allows checking of errors before it becomes impossible. Two hundred and sixty plans and counting so far this year. I have said for years that MetroPix have a (slightly) better looking end-product, as do Floorplanner.com, but the ability to finish the plan on-site trumps this for my purposes. Gary.

  • I use visualfloorplanner which is part of the Visualbuilding suite of programmes. What I like is that it is buy rather than a subscription based service. 2D only, but it is all I need at this time. There is a 3D version available for those who need this. After the initial outlay, plans are free to create. visualfloorplanner.com and http://www.visualbuilding.co.uk.

  • I’ll chime in on sensopia/magic plan.

    Easy and intuitive. Wifi. Various outputs source files. Everything complete by the time I walk out the door minus exporting to my email account. However, I do some tweaking on the plan to improve and enhance appearance, but you can certainly offer the final output to your clients and be proud of your work. You can select square footage to display on the plans, base/height measurement, both – imperial and metric outputs. Android and Mac friendly. You can custom watermark your images too so that you can create your own disclaimer. $10 a month and as many outputs as your hearts content! Oh yea, if someone else has magic plan, you can export that specific plan to the magic plan recipient and they in turn can tweak or have a copy of their plan immediately. Oh yea, cloud system too so you can remotely access your plan in the event you receive a text message or phone call from an agent letting you know that they lost the plan or need a copy.

  • Floor plans… With all due respect and a willingness to agree that I just don’t get it:

    Are they just too much information? Are not home purchases emotion driven? Wouldn’t a sexy photo be a far more effective call to action?

    Is too much information ever a good thing?

    Torch me. Teach me. Because I truly DON’T get it…

  • Dave that is the point of a floorplan imho. It creates an emotional connection to the potential house by allowing a buyer to visualize their furniture, etc… When you take photos I am assuming you try to show the layout. Floorplans just take that concept to the next level. There is research that suggests that a 2d floorplan is the 2nd most important part of a listing from a buyer’s perspective. Lots of photos would be #1.

  • x2 with Kevin.

    And if you use a 3rd party software and can lay camera icons on the floor plan to show the buyer perspective of where the photo was taken and the spatial relation to other rooms and present the whole package in a tour, you are sliced bread! I happen to use TourBuzz and they allow you to do this sort of thing. However, I created customized camera icons instead of the stock camera icons Tour buzz offers and all my agents dig what I do. Buyers love it too. I’ve gotten many additional clients as a result of an agent seeing a “competing” agent use my interactive floor plan tour (that’s what I call it) and they want what I do; they want to appear to be “with it” on R.E. photography. Caution – takes a while to render a floor plan so just be aware that though you may do maybe 2 to 4 shoots a day, if you add floor plans to the mix and you are a one person operator, you might loose volume. On the flip side, you charge more so it could be a wash.

  • iGuide, seriously, check this out:
    http://www.goiguide.com
    An incredible amount of value for photographers, agents, sellers and buyers is included in this system.

    Cheers!

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