Are you a real estate agent/photographer or an individual selling a house? Are you trying to create a perfect floor plan but without investing in expensive hardware? In this article, we will discuss two affordable solutions for all: To sketch by yourself or to use professional apps for floor plans (so-called floor plan creator apps)!
- Method #1. Sketch a floor plan by yourself
- Method #2. Use an app for floor plans
When you are creating a new property listing, you’ll most likely need a floor plan. Creating a plan for an apartment or house is not an easy job. However, adding floor plans to listings can help you capture potential leads. A good floor plan not only enhances the visual identity of the home but also creates a nice flow between spaces, increasing its perceived value.
To get a detailed floor plan, you can sketch it by yourself, but it’s much easier to use a floor plan app, be it a drawing or scanning software.
Method #1. Sketch a floor plan by yourself
If you sketch it by yourself, it will take several hours to measure the rooms and convert the data into a house plan. For example, at first, you have to determine the area for drawing and also you need to decide how to draw the rooms, floor, open spaces. You need to measure the walls, doors, and suitable furniture and add walls for each room of the building. Additionally, you should include architectural features like doors, windows, and furniture. After all these efforts, you might not get perfect measurements for your room but at least you will have a visual layout (depending on your drawing skills).
Method #2. Use an app for floor plans
Thus, in order to save time, you can access several user-friendly room scanning apps which can help you to create floor plans and virtually design your interior decoration of rooms! Floor plan software can take out your tiresome work and manage everything by determining suitable furniture for your space, assess how a paint color will look, and put entire rooms together in a virtual reality setting.
It is not hard to learn how to use an app for floor plans. The following are the steps of how a scanning app works.
1. Download a floor plan app to your iPhone or Android phone and install it
Search on Google for the best apps for floor plans and find reviews about them. You can also search directly on the App Store or Google Play. After selecting the one which fits your expectations, download it.
2. Hold the phone and scan the entire space or each room separately
Depending on the app, you may need to do some actions. For example, in some apps, you would need to tap on the screen while holding the phone to mark the doors and corners. With the CubiCasa app, you don’t need to do anything else other than scanning.
3. Get your ready floor plans
After the scanning process, you may need to edit the floor plans by yourselves with the materials from the scan, or they will be available for download immediately or the next business day depending on the app. CubiCasa app does not require you to edit the floor plans by yourselves, after scanning, your job is done and you can send the video straight to us.
4. Export your floor plan in different formats
This also depends on the floor plan app. Most of the apps will give you PDF, JPG, and PNG but some floor plan creator apps also provide SVG.
For most of the room scanning apps, you only need a mobile phone since it can scan almost any indoor space. Indeed, the technical capabilities of the devices are becoming better and better e.g. ARkit and ARcore. But, some apps require you to use special hardware and software for doing the whole scanning process e.g Matterport.
There are several floor planning apps available in the market. For example, MagicPlan, Room Scan Pro, Floor Plan Creator, Room Creator, CubiCasa, iGuide, Cupix, Matterport, RoomSketcher, PLNAR are considered top floor plan apps used by real estate professionals and not only. Most of these room scanning apps are suitable for both Android and iOS.
In the image below, you can see a floor plan generated by CubiCasa app. This particular result required only a few minutes of the user’s time: 1 min – to download and install the CubiCasa app from the App Store or Google Store and 5-7 min – to scan the property. There’s no upfront investment or expensive hardware needed and the first scan will be free of charge. All other floor plan solutions in the market, even if cheaper, require significantly more time and patience from you.
Moreover, if you are a real estate photographer or an enterprise, you can get a special discount. Apply to the Cubicasa-certified program now and claim your benefits!