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How to Use Different Floor Plan Apps

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)!

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.

Do you enjoy drawing floor plans by yourself or using an app for floor plans to make life easier?
Do you enjoy drawing the house plan by yourself or prefer using an app for floor plans to make life easier?

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).

Sometimes, an easy-to-use app for floor plan is what you are looking for.
Sometimes, an easy-to-use app for floor plans is what you are looking for.

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 on 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 submit the order. Simple as that!

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.

easy to use floor plan app for home
What do you need to create a floor plan?

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.

What are the best apps for floor plan?

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, etc. Most of the apps are suitable for both Android and iOS.

How to use a floor plan app to get the best result?

Is it possible to create a GLA (Gross Living Area) sketch with a floor plan app?

Yes, after scanning the property with CubiCasa on the next business day you will receive a Digital GLA sketch, an area calculation in text format that demonstrates how each area was calculated — including the standard, highly-detailed CubiCasa floor plans.

Digital GLA features

In the image below, you can see a floor plan generated by the revolutionary 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. Compared to other alternatives, CubiCasa offers more standardized, quicker, and more accurate floor plans & GLA solution for most iOS and Android devices.

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!

Example of a 2D floor plan created with CubiCasa app

 

CubiCasa Digital GLA sketch and CubiCasa 2D floor plan

Book a demo with one of our sales representatives if you want to learn more about the top-notch floor plan and GLA sketch service.

Author: Aarne Huttunen

Aarne is a growth-oriented full-stack developer and marketer, and has 5 years of experience in the real estate industry. He believes that there's still a lot to be done in the world of real estate and the industry changing trends are yet to be emerged.

We're building technology to digitize the real estate around us, and while doing it, helping families to find better homes, approve mortgages and renovate their homes. We are located in Oulu, Helsinki, San Jose, and Ho Chi Minh City. Currently we are especially looking for software developers to join our team.

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We launched a new solution for appraisals that allows capturing Gross Living Area (GLA) with a mobile device. Our new digital GLA service allows you to get true GLA according to ANSI standards without measuring or drawing.

The package includes a highly-detailed PNG floor plan file with a special GLA layout that highlights included and excluded areas and total area calculations by floor. P.S: The first scan is free of charge.

Interested in testing CubiCasa Digital GLA? Get in touch today. We’d love to know how our scanning technology compares with your current floor plan sketch and GLA numbers. Connect with our sales team at sales@cubicasa.com.

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