From providing information about room sizes and the length of the walls to the general layout of the property and even the direction a house faces when considering how much direct sunlight is received, floorplans have long been used to help sell property, but increasingly they are becoming an essential part of letting property, according to a leading expert.
Fresh analysis of property listings on the Rightmove property website by floorplan provider Metropix last month found that floorplans were available to view on 18% of rental properties. This compares to just 5.7% four years ago, when Metropix undertook the same analysis in June 2012.
A floorplan is generally one of the first things that most prospective renters now look for as it allows them to very quickly understand the layout of a property, how the space flows, the relationship or proximity of one room to another, and ultimately help them decide if the property is the right one for them. They are also very useful for reminding a viewer of a property if they have seen several in a short period of time.
Research from Rightmove backs this up, as their last study in 2015 found that 20% of renters and buyers said they would ignore a listing without a floorplan, or only return if nothing else caught their eye.
Unsurprisingly, the Rightmove study also found that 37% of landlords would not invite an agent to value their home, if they did not provide floor plans as standard.
"The appeal of floor plans continues to grow with letting agents who are looking to differentiate themselves from competitors," said Brian Farrell, director of Metropix. "It's a clear instruction winner and agents are really seeing that they matter to both landlords and tenants."
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