8 Reasons to use RoomSketcher Along with Matterport
3D virtual tours from Matterport are generating plenty of buzz in the real estate world. With Matterport, you walk a property with a Matterport camera, or your iPhone/iPad, and create a really cool virtual tour. But what if the property has old furniture, peeling or marred paint, or a poor floor plan layout? We have good news for you: you can use digital floor plan software like RoomSketcher to supplement and update what you get from Matterport.
What is Matterport?
Matterport has made it easy to create a real-life 3D virtual tour of the real estate property. Your tour will show the existing features of the property, such as the walls, flooring, wall color, furniture, etc. Your resulting Matterport Space (also called a 3D Tour or Digital Twin) will look something like this:
In addition to the tour, you can purchase a schematic floor plan of the property as it is. The standard 2D floor plan is black & white with room dimensions and approximate total area, like this one from the Matterport web site:
How Can I use RoomSketcher with Matterport?
What if the home is in need of renovation? Or if you want to visualize a different floor plan layout? With floor plan software like RoomSketcher, you can actually take the floor plan you get from Matterport, and edit it yourself to suit your client needs.
Check out these 8 benefits of using RoomSketcher along with a Matterport space when marketing your real estate property:
1. Use Color to Make Your 2D Floor Plans Stand Out
Go from the plain Matterport black & white floor plan to easy-to-understand customized 2D Floor Plans. Some of our favorite ideas:
- Show the various floor types and colors, like hardwood or cement
- Use color to indicate room types, such as blue for a bathroom and grey for a patio
- Make your walls and doors stand out in color
- Add colored text such as room names, notes, entry arrows, and more in virtually any color
Take this plain black & white floor plan…
… and add flooring! Choose from varying shades of hardwood, tile, cement, and more.
Or, easily indicate room types by setting all similar type rooms the same color.
2. Create Beautiful 3D Floor Plans
Color looks great on 3D Floor Plans as well. Add furniture in any color or style you want, color the walls, change out the flooring. Customize your 3D Floor Plan to get the exact look you want. Some of our favorite ideas:
- If the existing property has a less-than-stylish color scheme, update it to show the potential
- Create a more consistent look
- Choose a new color for the walls to make them stand out
- Match the furniture to your brand colors
3. Add, Change or Move Furniture on Your Floor Plans
Matterport’s standard 2D floor plan schematics show walls and standard built-in features. This is great, but it can be difficult for buyers to visualize the potential of the property. Help them out by adding furniture, fixtures, appliances, and much more.
Go from this black and white floor plan…
To professional 2D and 3D Floor Plans with furniture in any custom layout you choose.
Matterport’s standard 3D Floor Plans include furniture. But maybe you want to show a 3D Floor Plan with a different furniture layout. Or maybe you want to have a 3D Floor Plan with no furniture?
4. Annotate, Annotate, Annotate
Want to add room names, room sizes, labels, notes, disclaimer texts and more onto your floor plans? Take your floor plan and annotate it. Add labels and notes in any language you want, in any color you want.
5. Match Your Branding
Create professional brochures and handouts with your logo and brand colors. Here’s an example 3D Floor Plan with the logo in the top left, and with green and white furniture to match the branding. Very stylish, and let’s you create floor plans that stand out from the crowd.
Here’s a 2D Floor Plan with the blue logo in the top left, blue and white colors throughout, and a customizable disclaimer text at the bottom.
Some floor plan software even lets you have separate styles for separate clients! If you need this feature, make sure it’s all automatically controlled, so your clients get the right look every time.
6. It’s All About Measurements
Buyers love measurements on floor plans. Use units that are appropriate to the market you are in, be that meters, feet or both. Then, choose to display a variety of measurements. Don’t overdue it! Too many measurements can end up confusing the buyer, instead of helping them out. RoomSketcher offers several options:
- Total area of a floor or level, or the whole property
- Wall lengths on inside and/or outside walls
- Room length by width
- Room sizes in sq feet or sq meters
Let’s take a look at some cool measurement options:
The total area of a project is automatically calculated for you – you can even choose to include or remove certain rooms (like a garage or patio) from the calculation.
Show inside wall measurements with the click of a button. Wall lengths are automatically calculated for you and you can adjust the location of the arrow or text.
Show outside wall measurements, also at the click of a button:
Or show the room dimensions, sized in meters, or feet (or both!):
7. Save Time: Make Your Own Edits
Did your client call to say they want to have the door to the storage room closed on the floor plan? Did you label a room as “Office” when your client would prefer “Bedroom”? These, and so many more, are changes that we see every single day. With RoomSketcher, you just open the project on your computer or tablet, make the change, and then re-export the finished floor plan. You don’t need to describe the change and wait for it to be fixed by someone else, in just minutes you’ll have your updated floor plan off to your client for a quick approval.
8. Alternative Floor Plan Layouts
Are you selling a property that has an outdated floor plan layout? The Matterport scan shows the property exactly as is. But styles and trends shift, moving from open layouts to more enclosed layouts, and back again. If you are marketing a property that has an out-of-fashion layout, you might want to create an alternative floor plan to visualize its potential.
This floor plan shows an enclosed kitchen, plus a bedroom with a separate nursery or walk-in closet.
This version of the same floor plan shows an open kitchen, plus a larger bedroom. In RoomSketcher, this type of change is super easy to achieve in seconds. Simply make a copy of a floor plan and click to remove select walls.
For even more powerful visualization, export your floor plan as an impressive 3D Floor Plan complete with furniture, like this:
Try It Yourself
Ready to try it out for yourself? You can import a floor plan (whether created in Matterport, or drawn by hand) into the RoomSketcher App and quickly trace over it to recreate it. Or, order a floor plan from our Floor Plan Services and use the Matterport scan as a blueprint.
The features described in this post are available with a RoomSketcher Pro subscription. Get started creating professional floor plans today: