I haven't talked about floor plans in quite a while. Karl Inge Punsvik, the northern most real estate photographer in the world (Narvik Norway 68° 25? 14? N), reminded me of this recently when he pointed out that he has been researching floor plan creation software recently and has come to the conclusion that he likes floorplanner.com the best.
If you are going to provide floor plans as a service there are two essentials:
- Floor plan creation software like floorplanner.com to create great looking 2D or 3D plans.
- A fast and easy way to measure a home. You can get a laser measuring device for about $90 USD.
It appears to me that we are in a transition from using a laser measuring device and something like floorplanner.com to tablet based systems in the future. The tablet based systems are interesting but not quite ready for prime time. I tried MagicPlan, an App for the iPhone, about 6 months ago and it's interesting but doesn't work all the time.
Note: Be sure to check if the home seller has a set of blue prints for the home. About 30% to 40% of our listing customers have had a set of blue prints tucked away in the attic or some place that I can just scan and do a quick floor plan "tracing" from a photoshop layer above the scanned floor plan.
Floor plans can be a very compelling add-on product. The reason photographers should consider adding it to their list of products is you are already in the property and most people can do a floor plan sketch of a medium size property in about 30 minutes. Also, the floor plan can be integrated into a tour beautifully. A floor plan gives a huge advantage to buyers trying to visualize a property.
What are you using to create floor plans?