19 May 2020

HOW TO DRAW A FLOOR PLAN WITHOUT A LASER MEASURE

Introduction

Did you know, 1 in 5 buyers would ignore a property listing completely if it didn’t include a floor plan? That means you could be missing out on 20% of your inquiries with potential buyers scrolling right past your listing. But don’t panic! We’re going to show you the easiest and fastest way to create a floor plan without using a measuring tape or laser measure. 

Tips To Measure Your Floor Plan

• Use 1:1 graph paper

By using 1:1 graph paper, you can keep it simple with a 1-meter step equaling 1 box on the graph paper. This way you can avoid having to use a tape measure or laser measure and work your way through the property quickly and easily.

• Step it out

Make your way around the home and measure each wall using your steps. Then it’s simply a matter of drawing the lines on the paper to correspond with the number of 1-meter steps taken. Also, be sure to include measurements on the plan i.e. 5m to give a really clear understanding of the size and scale of the room.

Start at one edge of the paper

By starting at one end of the paper, you can be sure to have enough room to capture the overall layout of the property and provide maximum context of the home and room to the BoxBrownie.com editors and any potential buyers who may look at the floor plan in the future.

• Add in the windows and doors

Drawing in the windows and doors is a great way to give the potential buyer a feel for the flow and layout of the room. These can be quickly drawn onto the floor plan sketch using the windows and doors symbols which are detailed below. Be sure to include which way the doors open.

• Add in features like kitchens and bathrooms

Again, this helps give the potential buyer a feel for the features of the room and begin to imagine how they might use the space. Always be sure to include the specific layout of the sink and use the symbols highlighted below to demonstrate any included appliances as well as the style of stove or cooktop.

• Label the key areas

By adding labels to the key areas of the home you can help give the editors an idea of what rooms are what along with also labeling outdoor areas and entrances. Again, this helps demonstrate the flow of the room and ensure the finished product is clear and easy to follow.

floor-plan-sketch

Floor Plan Symbols

The key below shows the range of floor plan symbols and their corresponding meanings. While all of these may not be suitable for every home, by adding these to the floor plan, you can help give the BoxBrownie.com editors and potential buyers a better feel for the property. It’s also a quick and easy way to demonstrate specific details in a visual format.

floor-plan-symbols

Making Your Floorplan Look Professional

Once your rough sketch of the floor plan is completed it’s time to let the BoxBrownie.com editors transform the sketch into a professional floor plan.

Step 1: Go to BoxBownie.com

Step 2: Log in and navigate to your Dashboard

Step 3: Click the Floor Plan Redraw edit option

Step 4: Select the relevant branded tile for your real estate brand or select continue. (more on this in the following section.)

Step 5: Enter a Job Title (typically the property address) and upload the raw floor plan sketch file

Step 6: Select the Floor Plan type you would like along with the floor plan preferences, plan orientation, page orientation, preferred file type and select whether you would like furniture added, dimensions, address, disclaimer and north marker

Step 7: Add any reference files you may have if required and then simply select checkout.

Once submitted, the floor plan will enter the BoxBrownie.com queue and our editors will have it back to you within 24 hours. We offer free tweaks or changes if you’d like any minor adjustments made to ensure you are 100% happy with the completed floor plan.

As you can see below, this is the finished product which has been created using our very rough sketch. These floor plans are incredible, professional and have the potential to elevate your marketing and capture those 1 in 5 buyers who prefer properties with a floor plan.

floor-plan-mainBranded Floor Plans

At BoxBrownie.com, we have the privilege of working with some of the world’s leading real estate brands. We are working with these organizations to develop Branded Floor Plans which you can select during the upload process. This will ensure all your floor plans will adhere to your preferred company style and leverage the power of your brand.

If your organization is not currently on the list, please contact us at hello@boxbrownie.com and we’ll work with you to get some awesome, professional floor plans designed for your business.

branded-floor-plan

Conclusion

Having a professional floor plan created for your listing doesn’t have to be a time-consuming, expensive, or a difficult task. As we’ve shown here in this blog, you don’t need to use a laser measure or even a tape measure to have a fantastic floor plan created with the help of the BoxBrownie.com team.

Depending on the property, you could create a rough sketch in less than 20 minutes and let the team of expert editors at BoxBrownie.com handle the rest. This simple addition to your marketing could help capture 20% more buyers with studies showing that 1 in 5 buyers won’t bother looking at a property without a floor plan.

If you’d like to get started with your own property floor plan, you can visit BoxBrownie.com today for more information. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch, our friendly team would love to hear from you.

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