The team here at Metropix are members of the ‘Estate Agents UK Networking Group’ on LinkedIn, which discusses a broad range of issues and topics in our sector.
A recent feed posed the following question: “How do we all feel about floorplans.... do you think that they add value to the overall service and increase interest from potential buyers?”
Intrigued by the responses, it was clear that the vast majority were extremely ‘pro’ floor plans. 81 responses were provided in total, with some excellent points provided regarding the value floor plans provide to agents, buyers and sellers alike.
The key theme was that floor plans are today considered an essential, ‘must-have’ tool, which help potential buyers save time by ensuring they view the properties that are most appropriate for their needs.
From non-agents on the site, a general air of frustration was vented at those agents that do not post floor plans with all instructions:
“I cannot believe that in this technological age that there are agents that do not consider floor plans an essential part of selling a property. Most buyers now want to see the layout of a property to assess its suitability.”
A property lawyer even suggested that floor plans should become compulsory!
“As a property lawyer, I love to see the floor plans on the sales particulars as they can assist in dealing with queries concerning extensions and alterations to a property, especially at the rear and side. Often the photographs don't show it clearly enough. I wish it was compulsory!”
Ultimately, this echoes the recent Zoopla Facebook poll (http://www.facebook.com/zooplauk), which received a unanimously positive response to the question: “When looking at a property online, how important is a floor plan when deciding to view a property?”. Of the 22 comments received, a resounding 100% were positive towards the value floor plans provide when looking to buy a property.
As Sian Hemming-Metcalfe from The Metcalfe Partnership summarises on the LinkedIn debate:
“Whether we like it or not buyers want information and if we don't provide it, won't they be more inclined to go to an agent that does?”
Certainly an interesting point and one that we are hearing more and more as floor plans continue to grow in popularity.