Floor Plan creation advice?

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I really want to incorporate floor plans into my online marketing.  Looking for an easy way to do this, perhaps an online service?  Specific software?  I've looked into a few softwares but since I'm new at this, I'd like to hear what others have to say.  Seems like a lot of work, but I do get a lot of internet requests for floor plans, so I'd like to make it a staple of my marketing, little help?

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Jason Wagner
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If you are not comfortable using software to create your own floor plan, you can instead sketch the plan on graph paper and send it to one of the many companies that specialze in creating the plan for you from a sketch and some photos.  Many times in 24 hours.  With the housing market- do you have anything better to do with your time while at the open house waiting for buyers who don't show?  Take this time to visit my site www.forsalefloorplans.com- download the graph paper and check out my process page so you can sketch your own while waiting at the open house.  Take photos while you are at it since hopefully the house is nicely staged for the open house at this time too.  Then send it off- either to myself or to one of the other companies out there.

I have created a group on Active Rain to hopefully gather all of these providers and agents interested in using us as another avenue to connect with buyers.  I just started it tonight but hopefully it will grow quickly.

www.activerain.com/groups/floorplans


You have taken the first step by realizing that plans may be an asset- don't let inexperience and software keep you from giving the buyers what they really want- a way to understand the property that photos don't provide.

 

Jason

September 12, 2008 11:33 PM
Rainer
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Meli Gerogianis
Broker, CRS, ABR, SFR, CDPE, Licensed in TN & KY
JKA Properties (Meli G Realty & Investment Group)

If anyone figures out an easy way to get those floor plans, let me know. I don't really want to make them but if the builders will  work with us better and share some their info, that will be cool.

September 12, 2008 11:59 PM
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Beth waldner

Brendan,

I have a small company that creates 2d and 3d floor plans as a service in Boulder, Co.  I tell you that not to solicit your business but to show I have experience.  At any rate, here are a couple of ideas.

1. Measure it yourself and then create a plan on software you can purchase.  A great program is Home Designer Pro 8 by Chief Architect.  It is a great program and creates beautiful plans - I can send you samples if you are interested.  There are many cheaper programs but this one is easy to use, has incredible features and comes with great learning videos.  If you intend to measure it yourself I suggest you read and adhere to ANSI Z765-2003 - American National Standards Institute guidelines for measuring square footage.

2. If you do not want to measure it yourself, call a local appraiser.  They are hurting for work and I bet you could get a decent sketch for a reasonable price.  You could even tell them you will suggest their name as a good appraiser when the house goes under contract

3.  I just came across a new software on an interent search called Mobile Agent from the UK.  It looked really neat although upfront costs might be a bit high.

Hope this helps.

Beth

PS  Floor plans are not a pain to create. I think they are alot of fun to create and they certainly give you a leg up on the competition.

 

September 21, 2008 03:54 PM
Rainmaker
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William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
WHISPERING PINES REALTY

Brendan...make sure on the plans you offer you have a copywrite agreement that allows you to give them out for free, or even a charge.  Could be a good idea.

September 21, 2008 03:59 PM
Rainer
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Jason Wagner
threefourteendesign

For those of you who were interested in the group I set up- Please try the link below...

http://activerain.com/groups/floorplans

 

This is for all users and providers of floor plans to discuss ideas, tips, and tricks.  Please be patient as its a brand new group and could definitely use some meat to it.

September 24, 2008 11:30 AM
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