How 6 Owners Are Benefiting From Showing Floorplans
Flooring Potential Guests With A Floor Plan (news from our B+4G owners community)
A few weeks ago we wrote a short post about Flipkey introducing interactive floorplans to their listings. As we said then, it’s about time that the big sites started pushing the boundries with what they offer on their sites and we say it again, well done Flipkey.
Anyway, a couple of my followers said that they too had been planning to add a floorplan to their website and could I recommend some software that they could use.
I had had a play with Room sketcher earlier in the year and written a short post about it so I pointed these owners in that direction.
Then the fun started
The following day one of these owners (Naomi) posted this plan to our private vacation rental owners community on Google Plus.
Lots of owners wrote in saying “nice job”, “Great work”‘ that sort of thing.
A couple of community members asked Naomi a few questions asking how she went about creating her floorplan, here’s her reply,
Some of you have been asking for more detail ofwww.roomsketcher.com
The initial video I watched was http://bit.ly/roomsketcher This gave me the info I needed to work from my measurements. Having accurate measurements to work from is key!
Hope that helps!
This inspired some other owners and during the course of the week these plans were posted too.
Check out Amy’s plan below,
Here’s what Amy had to say about producing her plan
Since everyone is sharing their floor plans, here’s mine. It took me FOREVER!!! I’m temped to go back and make more changes! Thanks +Cotswolds self catering family holiday rental guide for motivating me to finally get this off my “To Do” list!
I should point out that Amy used the paid version of the software and that cost 49 dollars.
It didn’t stop there either,
the following day Nikki shared her 3D sketchplan,
Nikki also added…
Hope you don’t mind me using the same font as you +Cotswolds self catering family holiday rental guide
The furniture looks a bit more crowded than it does in reality – maybe I should reduce the sizes a little. Was wondering if I could tinker with the colours in a photo editor to make them more like the real thing.
Then Antonio (from Vacation Rental World Summit fame) shared his plan,
He said “Here is my first Floorplan. It took me quite a number of hours to get to this, but in the end it’s well worth the time for the purpose it has.”
I (Alan) just love the detail in these plans – knives on the chopping board, the shower head casting a shadow
Antonio tells me that he used the paid service (around €30) as he ran out of free credits but he is very happy with the result and is busy working on the plans of the other floors of his property.
There were more…
Then Joanna of Vacation Rentals, Orlando, Florida, near Disney submitted her plan and things were looking very professional indeed. We love the opaque overlay here on the property photo.
Joanne used the fully paid service where Roomsketcher created the plan for her. This service cost $38 for this plan and $58 for plans for her 2 story property. We recon that’s a good price.
Lastly Sarah, inspired by Joanna’s plans followed suit
Sarah got Roomsketcher to do all of the work. Here’s the floor plan sketch that they produced for her apartment.
Sarah added They did it all for me. It took 24 hours with corrections and cost £23. I was happy as I can’t do it on my ipad and value to time ratio I think is very good!
Here’s the takeaway
Matt Landau of vacationrentalmarketingblog.com did some research regarding floorplans and he found that only 1 in 30 properties had included one.
So this is an area that is easy to get a jump on the crowd.
The thing is that the more informed your web visitors become the more likely they are to book. Floorplans project extra information so if you show them you can benefit from higher conversions. Win Win.
Judging by the above plans (and how little they cost) you can see why they help with conversions.
I should say that we have no affiliation with roomsketcher
They have lots of tutorial videos to get you started, here’s one
You can see more videos on their Youtube channel here
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