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20 Questions: Professional 2D Floor Plans from Matterport Spaces

How do you quickly, easily and affordably create professional 2D Floor Plans from Matterport Spaces?

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We Get Around includes the Blue-Sketch 2D floor plan service among our curated list of essential solutions for bundling or offering as an optional extra by Matterport Pros.

At 5 pm EST Tuesday (19 April 2016), I will ask Blue-Sketch Founder Petra Soderling about her floor plans-from-Matterport Spaces service. Plus, you'll get to ask Petra questions too.

@PetraSoderling is a Member of the Matterport User Group Forum and We Get Around Referral Network (Referral Network Map Profile).

Thank you for tuning in for this live chat in this MUG Forum thread ...

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Hi All,

Stay tuned for 20 Questions Live with @PetraSoderling at 5 pm EST today (19 April 2016).

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Hi Petra,

Thank you for joining me for 20 Questions Live in the Matterport User Group Forum today ...

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Thank you for having me Dan, it's a pleasure.
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Petra,

Let's start off with your Matterport Space to professionally created floor plan service.

Using these examples, can you walk us through Blue-Sketch various 2D floor plan solutions?

http://blue-sketch.com/2d-floor-plans/2dexamples/

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Sure, we take pride in drawing floor plans for the MP community in various colors and measurement options. We have a set of default colors (taupe, blue, grey) but we can make Black&white floor plans, too.

We have four different ways of displaying measurements or dimensions; an arrow tape measure, room size in sq ft, room size in feet x feet, and outside measurements.
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There's also one example with just one background color and no room labels at all, so that's also possible.
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Petra,

Great ... on the Blue-Sketch 2D Examples page I see five options: 4 with measurements and the 5th is an outline (without measurements).

1. 2D floor plan w/ default colors, measurements displayed with arrow tape measure
2. 2D floor plan with default colors, measurements displayed w/ feet by feet
3. 2D floor plan w/ default colors, room sizes displayed in square feet
4. 2D floor plan w/ default colors, measurements displayed with meters by meters
5. 2D floor plan in taupe, no dimensions or measurements, no room labels

These 2D Floor Plans look amazing.

Plus, it's great that you offer both:

1. feet/inches
2. meters

Perhaps worth noting, we have 1,300 MUG Members in 62 countries. About 40 percent are outside the U.S. So, metric probably is a huge feature for those reading along.

A few follow-up questions for the 2D Examples:

1. How much?
2. How long to get?
3. And, what do Matterport service providers give you to create these 2D floor plans?

Dan

Example: 2D floor plan with Blue-Sketch default colors, measurements displayed with arrow tape measure.


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Thanks for the compliment. Yes we indeed do offer both feet and inches, and meters and centimeters.

To answer the specific questions:

1. We want to keep it simple for you guys. 2D floor plan is always USD 29.95 regardless of the number of floors or the size of the property.

2. Turnaround time is one business day from when we receive the material to when we deliver the final floor plan out.

3. We would need two things: a) a link to your 3D showcase, and b) a screenshot of the MP Workshop floor plan view with 1-2 measurements marked with the yellow tape measure.
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Thanks for making it so easy for us

Earlier today, I chatted by phone with a new Matterport Pro. I suggested that she offer professionally created 2D Floor plans. I could sense that she is overwhelmed with just getting her Matterport business launched and so many Matterport 3rd Party Solutions that she can offer clients.

So ...

1. Why should she - a Matterport service provider - offer professionally created 2D Floor Plans?

2. Why should a Real Estate Agent offer professionally created 2D Floor Plans?

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That's a great question. Of course when someone is just getting their business off the ground they need to concentrate on getting their basic service running.
But as soon you you start to see there's competition in your area, or your realtor customers would like to receive more than just the 3D showcase, then floor plans are a great option to differentiate yourself.

I'm actually in the market for a house myself now, and being from Europe I'm used to seeing floor plans with every listing. The thing I look for is to understand how the rooms are laid out in relation to each other, what the function of different rooms are, and how doors and windows are facing. These are things that photographs cannot convey.

Sometimes home buyers are too busy scanning through listings online, and a nice floor plan may attract them to walk through the 3D showcase they would otherwise not clisk to open.
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Congrats on your soon-to-be new home.

I would add/summarize ...

Matterport Pros

1. differentiate/competitive advantage
2. win more business
3. bundle (so it's not always about comparing price)
4. offer as optional extras

Real Estate Agents

1. differentiate/competitive advantage
2. win more listings
3. get more buyer leads / get more seller leads

Blue-Sketch did our 2D floor plans for this listing:

www.403rivercliffpoint.com (created with KoaWare)
www.403rivercliffpoint.info (created with WP3D Models)

While the agent called us (inbound lead) about Matterport, my sense is that we got the business because we provide a complete visual storytelling solution, including floor plans (a bundle of solutions for one price).

Are you starting to hear from Matterport Pros that previously laser-measured a listing - or used another tool that took hours and have made the switch to Blue-Sketch?

And, before I ask you about Blue-Sketch 3D floor plans, anything else to share about Blue-Sketch 2D floor plans?

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I don't know any Matterport Pro who laser measured a listing but I do know a realtor who got a MP camera just so he would not need to laser measure any longer

Yes there is one thing I'd like to add about our 2D floor plans: There are other companies out there providing 2D floor plans for Matterport. As far as I know we are the only ones using two screens, one for drawing the floor plan, and another screen for walking through the 3D scan to make sure we get every window and door opening correctly.

Thanks for the questions on 2D floor plans.
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Moving on ...

Using these examples, can you walk us through Blue-Sketch various 3D floor plan solutions?

http://blue-sketch.com/3d-floor-plans/3d-examples/

Dan

Examples: Blue-Sketch 3D Floor Plans




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Absolutely. We are using RoomSketcher to draw these 3D floor plans. Before I made the selection of software I tested a has a superior selection of furniture and kitchen modification combinations, plus the quality of their 3D floor plans and the 3D photos (screenshots from within the property) are superior to any other.

The thing to expect with the 3D floor plans, however, is that even with a wide library of furniture the end result will never be 100% identical to the existing house. It is more a visual inspiration to the space's potential
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Petra,

Great. So when do you recommend a photographer - or real estate agent - use 3D floor plans instead of 2D floor plans?

And, why engage Blue-Sketch to create them if we could DIY with RoomSketcher?

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A 3D floor plan is great with empty or cluttered spaces. It can also come handy if the realtor would like to show how the house could be upgraded to a new style and new materials.

Anyone can of course sign up for RoomSketcher and start creating 3D floor plans. I have a Pro subscription with them that gives me additional features a Basic subscription would not have (e.g. uploading your existing blueprint to start the work).

Over the time I've also accumulated tips and tricks, plus a library of my favorite basic necessary furniture to make it faster and more efficient for us. I suppose it's the same question with any profession, why hire a photographer when everyone can take pictures
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Yes. We believe in engaging experts. (That's why we engage Blue-Sketch for our 2D and 3D floor plan needs.)

Before I ask you about your photo-realistic service ...

About 3D Floor Plans with Furniture:

1. How do you charge?
2. How long does it take?
3. What do you need from the Matterport Pro?

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1. 3D floor plans are USD 79.95 per house or apartment regardless the number of floor or size. Same philosophy as with 2D floor plans.
2. We promise a next business day delivery for this, too.
3. We need the same material as for the 2D floor plans; a link to your 3D showcase and a screen shot of a measured floor plan view in your Workshop.
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Petra,

Easy, fast and affordable. That's great.

Plus, I've noticed on some Matterport Pro websites, they offer 2D and 3D floor plans for as much as $150. So, sounds like either an opportunity for value-added to win business and/or offer as optional extras.

About the third service – and I am blown away with what you are doing – and you post some examples in this thread. Tell us what you call it and please describe it.

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Haha thanks for the tip on pricing

Well, we have been looking into other ways to serve the MP community and are launching a Virtual Staging service. The website is now live at http://blue-sketch.com/virtual-staging/

The idea is to help Matterport photographers (and others) to virtually stage an empty room, or even a cluttered room. We can de-clutter a room from unwanted furniture, and stage it digitally with new furniture and decoration.
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Below are some Before and After screen grabs from your Virtual Staging webpage ...

These are amazing ...

1. How much?
2. How long?
3. What do you need?

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Simple questions, I like that:

1. USD 99.95 per photograph (typically one photograph per room)
2. This will take 3-4 days and include at least one approval round with the customer.
3. I need a professionally shot photograph (does not need to be DSLR but it helps) that shows floor, ceiling and at least one corner.
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So, we covered three Blue-Sketch Solutions today. Professionally created:

1. 2D Floor Plans
2. 3D Floor Plans
3. Virtual Staging

Can Blue-Sketch create 2D and 3D Floor Plans without a Matterport scan? If so, can you elaborate?
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If you are just tuning in, this is 20 Questions Live ...
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Great question, thanks for asking.

Yes we can, all we need is some sort of sketch of the space and at least one dimension. The more accurate the input material is, the more accurate our floor plans will be, but sometimes for marketing purposes it's ok to be "good enough" in terms of measurements.
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Petra,

That's great to know ...

I do have some additional thoughts to share in this thread, but before I do, what question have I not asked you that you would like to answer?

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I was going to mention about Virtual Staging: We can also take the exported image from Matterport Workshop (1920x1080) and stage it digitally. This is still in testing phase so I don't have any examples to show yet, but soon.
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Petra,

Sweet that you continue to innovate for the Matterport community.

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Petra, as you know, we consider Blue-Sketch 2D Floor Plans from Matterport Spaces so essential to helping Matterport Pros succeed, we include a free 2D Floor Plan of THEIR Matterport Space tour in the:

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And, one free 2D Floor Plan of THEIR Matterport Space tour in the We Get Around Referral Network Basic, Standard and Premium Membership Plans.

Plus, we include six Blue-Sketch 2D Floor Plan Examples – created from the same Matterport Space - scanned by We Get Around - to help Matterport Pros either launch their Matterport Pro biz, bundle or offer as optional extras.

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Petra,

Thank you for joining us for 20 Questions Live today ...

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