Does your property listing need a floor plan?

Choosing a home, whether you’re renting or buying, is one of the most important decisions you can make, as it will affect your day-to-day life for anywhere from six months to sixty years. As such, prospective clients want as much relevant detail as possible to inform their final decision. So, does that include a floor plan?

The short answer is…

Yes. Your property listing should absolutely include a floor plan. Floor plans are essential because they…

  • Provide measurements, allowing prospective clients to compare room sizes, check furniture will fit and truly visualise the space. Without measurements, it’s impossible to get a true sense of a property.
  • Encourage trust because pictures can, unfortunately, be deceiving online, leaving some rooms looking far larger than they really are. Measurements can’t lie, however, so providing a floor plan can help to engender trust in your listing.
  • Simplify the layout. A succession of disjointed photographs can make it difficult to piece together a home, particularly, one with lots of nooks and crannies, split levels or built-in storage. Seeing the property in one go from a bird’s eye view can really help with this – as can a virtual tour.

There are a whole host of reasons your property listing needs a floor plan, but what are the different options available to you?

2D or not 2D?

Digital imaging technology has really improved in recent years, but is the latest option always the best? We think maybe not, in this case.

At Virtualoom, we take pride in offering a cutting edge, state-of-the-art service to our clients, but we also know it’s important to prioritise the final experience over fancy tech. Here’s why we think 2D floor plans work better than 3D ones:

1. Clearer Interface

As the old adage goes, don’t fix what isn’t broken. 2D floor plans offer a simple, easy-to-interpret representation of an apartment or house, while their 3D counterparts can make it difficult to see where one room ends and another begins.

2. Size Matters

3D floor plans can complicate the space and blur the edges of rooms, which means they can make it difficult to judge measurements. As we mentioned earlier, one of the main functions of a floor plan is to make this easier, not harder!

3. Cost Efficiency

Because they require complex equipment, 3D floor plans are often more expensive than 2D ones. This would, of course, be fine if the end product justified the increased cost. Here, though, we think the higher price skews the cost-benefit balance even further into the red.

So, what’s the solution for a floor plan?

We think the best balance comes from pairing the traditional with the modern. A 2D floor plan can be an effective companion to a dolls-house virtual tour. This combination offers you the best of both worlds, with accurate measurements and important details alongside engaging imaging and appealing visuals.

Virtualoom can take the pressure of virtual tours and floor plan creation away, offering you a fast, reliable and high-quality service for a highly competitive price. Get in touch today for a free, no-obligation quote!

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