The Importance of Floor Plans in Real Estate Listings 

The real estate market is a bit unique; when it comes to making purchases or selling, there is nothing else quite like it.  This is not meant to imply that it is a good or a bad thing to deal with, simply that it is incredibly different to any other market you will deal with in your day to day lives and that it comes with its own set of rules.  Some of these rules will make a lot of sense given the amount of money involved and the complexities of land and property sales, whilst others will undoubtedly seem odd or outright obscure.  Of these rules, some are overtly written, whereas others are more of an understanding or an informal rule that seems to apply nonetheless.  The use of floor plans is one of these informal rules.

Visualisation

Floor plans are a surprisingly large factor in real estate listings, so much that a considerable number of people now claim to outright ignore property listings that do not include one.  This trend has been on the rise for a number of years now, and there doesn’t seem to be a direct cause for it, but the overriding reason given is usually that the pictures alone do not provide enough to visualise the property.  In fact, pictures can be misleading as if they are taken with care, attention and the right equipment, they can make rooms seem larger, lighter  and more airy that they truly are as well as having the opposite effect if taken poorly.  Floor plans are not subjective in this way, they are an accurate and scientifically delivered measurement of the actual space, and people see the value in this.

Getting surveyed

When you come to sell your property, the real estate agent should discuss floor plans with you, and many will do some for you as part of the service, however, they are professionals at selling properties, not necessarily at floor plans.  It is always worth either making sure you have checked and verified all of the measurements provided on the real estate agents floor plan before letting it go live, or use a professional company such as V-Mark Survey to create the floor plans for you.  This removed the element of risk associated with mismeasurement or mislabelling a floor plan, which can in turn lead to a reduction in viewings, offered prices or even result in sales falling through when people notice a mistake, should one be made.Colorful floor plan of a house

The simple point is that selling your property is a timely and costly affair, so you want to get everything as perfect as you possibly can.  If there is something you can do to increase the chances of sale and reduce the time this takes, then it is worth at least considering.  Real estate agents are adamant professionals, but why not let them focus on the selling, whilst another professional focuses on your floor plans and make sure you get the best of both worlds.

Ryan Spark Author