What do floor plans have to do with real estate photography? I know many of you will be saying nothing! This last week I talked to two readers who are real estate photographers and offer floor plans as an add-on product to a home shoot.
Bjarne Haug ('Kris') showed me his 2D and 3D floor plans that he is beginning to offer as a product. You provide him with a sketch and he does the rest. Pricing is as follows: 2D B&W: $18. 2D color: $20 and 3D: $30.I'd much rather send Kris a sketch and have him do the floor plan artwork than spend the time in Adobe Illustrator... I'm a Photoshop guy!
Another product that Rob Hudson showed me is his do-it-yourself floor plan tour. DIY in this case means you supply the finished floor plan an the photos and create a floor plan oriented tour like the ones illustrated on Robert's site (www.ifloorplan.net).
So between these two products you could put together a pretty nice floor plan oriented home tour with still photos.
I was complaining to Rob that I didn't relish the idea of measuring a home for a floor plan while I was there for a shoot but Rob pointed out that, "...armed with a laser distance measuring device and a pad of graph paper and a pencil I can measure up in 30 minutes a small apartment. There is also some amazing software out there that works on a PDA or tablet and connects via blue-tooth to a Leica laser measuring device."
The bottom line on floor plans is that if you are willing to put in some extra effort into a floor plan there are agents and home sellers that will buy this extra feature. The way to look at it from a business stand point is once you've made the relationship with the agent (or who ever you are working for) and you are making the trip to the home why not have a whole variety of photographic based products to sell them. The more photo related products you offer the more you stand to make from a trip to the property.