Once the preserve of new builds or stately homes, floorplans are an increasingly useful tool to help sell your house.
A simple diagrammatic representation of the footprint of your home’s main floors, the tool helps quickly and visually explain to the buyer what is on offer.
But to make them as useful as possible – and to drive more viewers to your property – it is worth remembering three key points:
- Include measurements. The plan should be to scale – and with modern laser measurement tools cheaply available there is no excuse for an estate agent not to have one. Prospective buyers can tell at a glance how much space a room has and even check if their furniture fits.
- Include a compass rose to show the orientation of the house – many buyers will be keen to seek that back garden in the south to catch evening sun.
- Total square footage of the property is a must – it allows easy comparison between properties and is a shorthand way for buyers to understand what they are getting. This is especially useful as modern houses tend to have more rooms but of smaller sizes than older properties. A modern four-bed home may only have the same space as an older three-bed property.
So now we know what we should put in a floorplan, we can look at the bigger question – why bother at all?
- The prospective viewer can tell at a glance if the house is suitable for their needs and not waste their – or your – time looking at something that was never going to work for them. Layout is important to meet people’s needs and tastes – could a room be a playroom, a study, a guest room, a hobby room?
- The floorplan is a quick visual reminder for the buyer after viewing. Especially if they have seen several properties in quick succession, it is easy to blur memories as to which house had what feature. The plan helps the buyer understand the home when making their decision – even helping with potential alteration thoughts such as making it open plan or installing an en-suite bathroom.
- Size matters – by seeing a floorplan, rooms that are not at their best to visually see can be seen in a new light. Your junk room that seemed really pokey and unused may easily be written off on a viewing but becomes an ideal crafting room on a floorplan.
Floorplans are an essential tool in today’s marketplace so make sure you not only have one but make sure it is clear and accurate and it becomes a great sales help.
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