Floorplans are a relatively new addition to property details

Initially they were only made available for either very grand homes,or new builds,but these days they are much more prevalent and even the cheapest of studio flats will normally provide a floorplan in the property details.

But why are they so important?

It is important that the three basic parts are used in any floorplan,these being needed to ensure usability.

The first one is it needs to show measurements. Too many poorly-drawn floorplans have the measurements missing. By the way,the correct place for room dimensions is in the floorplan,not in the details,this so that any buyer can easily see their relative sizes

Secondly,it should show a compass,as this allows the buyer to tell which way the front of the house and the garden,faces.

The final element that should be detailed on a floorplan,is the total square footage as this allows the house to be compared with others,thus allowing the buyer to quickly see how much house he’s getting for his money.

This is important in the UK,as we often sell houses on number of rooms,not really mentioning the fact that a new 4 bedroomed house can take up the same land as a three bedroomed property would have done in the 1980’s.

To be able to see the total floor area gives a buyer the opportunity to ensure he is getting good value for money

So why is a floorplan important?

The three main reasons are:

1. It helps a buyer see how the house ‘fits together’,and therefore whether it is worth a viewing. This is called Room flow,the relative sizes and layout are all factors that a buyer will take into consideration. This being especially the case for family buyers. In all cases providing the viewer with all the data means that he won’t want to waste time by viewing properties which just aren’t suitable for his needs.

2. A floorplan can help a buyer to visualise the property after the viewing. This can become helpful when they may be considering making layout changes,like installing an ensuite.

3.Floorplans can make a house seem larger. It’s very easy when you’ve seen a house to forget rooms that you’ve seen,or overlook a part of the house altogether. This is especially the case with box rooms,or areas that aren’t being fully utilised,like storage rooms. By showing all of the house on a floorplan,no room will be omitted.

In summary,make sure you have a floorplan on your brochure. Remember to ensure it is clear and informative,and that it includes the total floor area.

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