Floor plans on a property listing - are they important?

Sian Hiatt, Sales Manager at CPS Homes in Cardiff, South WalesSian Hiatt, Sales Manager, explains why floor plans on a property listing can be extremely beneficial to both buyers and sellers...

Many years ago floor plans on property listings were mainly reserved for the grandest of homes - if an estate agent handed you the details of a home for sale that outlined its floor plans, you knew you were looking at a home that was either something rather special or a brand new build. 

Today, floor plans are far more prevalent with even the smallest studio flats often having a floor plan included with its details. In fact, they are now so common that many buyers expectedly look for them while browsing through property specs and often compare the floor plans of different properties side-by-side to help make decisions.

What makes a floor plan so important when buying or selling a home?

As we already mentioned, a floor plan is becomingly increasingly important to home buyers, so much so, many even request if one is available to see as soon as they start looking at the details of a property that takes their fancy.

The main reason a home buyer wants to see a floor plan is because it helps them visualise the layout of each room. It provides a visual representation of how the property flows so that buyers - especially buyers after a family home - can better ascertain whether that particular home is likely to meet their needs. It allows them to picture the property as their own from a different perspective rather than someone else’s home, as they can visualise where they would place items of furniture and how they could utilise each room.

Furthermore, it can be a real practical time-saver for both buyers and sellers as if they look at the floor plans and immediately have a strong dislike for the layout, they won’t waste time with a viewing and will instead be able to focus on layouts that are more to their liking.

Does a floor plan have any use after a viewing?

It’s not just pre-viewing that a floor plan can be beneficial, as they can also provide plenty of use to a buyer after a viewing as well. It allows a buyer to easily re-imagine the property as a whole, something which is particularly useful if they would be interested in changing the structural layout, such as knocking through walls, installing an ensuite or reconfiguring the space.

A printed floor plan also allows those interested in a property to make notes and annotations - useful for a buyer because they can jot down their ideas and any potential changes they’d like to make, useful for a seller because it can increase the emotional connection said buyer has in the property, which in turn could increase the chances of a succesful sale.

Floor plans also have the ability to make a property seem larger - though not through magic, unfortunately. A viewer may forget about certain parts of a property, especially basements, loft conversions, utility rooms etc. where the space can be easily utilised differently depending on the homeowners needs. By highlighting the entire scope of a property in a floor plan, the overall size and potential can be reinforced in the mind of a buyer.

If you’re in the market for a new home, or have been thinking about selling, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our knowledgable sales team here at CPS Homes. We’re proud to be Cardiff’s largest estate agent and would love to offer you our first-class expertise. Contact us by calling 02920 668585, e-mail enquiries@cpshomes.co.uk or pop into one of our three Cardiff branches.

21 July 2021

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