Ivy in New York asks:
I was wondering if you know where I can learn how to create floor plans for my real estate clients? Is there an app you can recommend.
There is a huge number of floor plan Apps. Most people that do floor plans use some kind of laser measuring device to quickly measures rooms. Back in July of this year, we did a poll on which Floor Plan creation software as the most popular.
Which floor plan product you use will depend on how elaborate a floor plan you want to make and what's popular in your market. Over the last several years, floor plans have gotten more elaborate. There are three basic types:
- Upper-end 360/3d: If you are shooting upper-end homes you may want to look at Matterport which can make both floor plans and 360 3D images. These make more sense for upper-end because the camera to create them and the hosting service is fairly expensive.
- 2D Black and White: On the other hand if you just want to create a floor plan to integrate into a virtual tour you will want to get a laser measuring device (like this) that will allow you to quickly measure interiors and use software like either FloorDesign or MagicPlan for the Mac or EZblueprint for Windows. All of these make simple black and white 2D style floor plans.
- 3D colored: For creating more elaborate floor plans that are 3D, colored and even have furniture floorplanner.com is a good choice. Floorplanner.com also makes an iPad App called FloorplanFinder.
What is your favorite floor plan creation software?