The Importance of House Floor Plans for Landlords

The Benefits of House Blueprints & What They Are Used For

House floor plans for your property are now commonplace in the property sales and lettings markets. With the digital revolution, the initial point of contact with both buyers and renters is made online. Having a good quality floor-plan will not only make your listing look more professional, it will also save time by filtering prospects who have a genuine interest after seeing a property suits their needs. In fact, an online listing missing the blueprints found in a house floor plan can be viewed as suspicious and will be instantly dismissed by some potential home buyers and renters.

So, you might be wondering just how popular are house floor plans these days? According to a recent survey by Rightmove, an astonishing 43% of landlords would now expect a floor plan to be included as standard when an estate agent is marketing their property. Numbers like this emphasis the importance of including home floor plans with a property listing. The floor plan software provider Metropix now states that a whopping 11% of properties have now had a floor plan created for marketing purposes.

Different Types of House Plan

There are many different types of house plan available on the market and choosing the correct type can be daunting. Different types of house plans include the following:

  • House blueprints
  • House floor plans
  • House drawings
  • Room planners
  • Architectural plans

This is by no means a definitive list and the options available for properties goes on and on. Another popular choice for marketing your properties are 360 virtual tours, another service that No Letting Go are able to offer to its customers. For the purpose of marketing a property online there are two options landlord and estate agents alike should be considering boosting the success of their property listings. These are simple 2D floor plans and 3D floor plans in some instances.

2-D

A simple 2D floor plan is often enough to maximise the benefits of detailing the layout of a home in an online listing. These are often in the format of PDF or JPEG files that can easily be viewed online by most modern devices. When accompanied with photos, the viewer will get a solid understanding of the property before a viewing takes place and will decide if it is the right property for them. It is important for this process to take place prior to visiting as it saves wasting the time of both the seller and the buyer. These plans are offered at a reasonable price across No Letting Go’s nationwide network and you can easily find a local service provider for a quote.

3-D

Many software companies allow for floor plans to be converted into 3D models. This can be a nice touch, especially when marketing a high value property. However, for the purpose of marketing most properties, a 2D home floor plan would be sufficient.

How Can I Get Floor Plans for My House?

If you were wondering “how can I get floor plans of my house” then it could not be easier. Simply find your local No Letting Go office and get in touch for a quote. If you already use No Letting Go’s services, why not get a floor plan added on to you next check-out to save yourself both time and money? With our track record, you always know that the services you will receive will be of the highest quality and conducted by fully insured property professionals.

Professional Floor Plans Online

In most instances, the floor plans will be viewed online via a property listing websites such as Rightmove or Zoopla. These plans will also be made available on agent’s websites as well in the printed materials given to prospects when viewing a property. It is import not to cut corners and make sure the level of the floor plan is good to give the right impression.

What Our House Floor Plans Include

The floor plans offered by No Letting Go are of the 2D house floor plan type. This can be offered in many file types to suit the needs of the listing; should this be PDF, JPEG or any other file type. For a quote please find your local No Letting Go office and get in touch, we will be more than happy to assist you. We can also offer your further property services such as:

For a full list of the services on offer from No Letting Go, please visit our services section of our website.

Professional House Photography

To get the most out of your property listing, your house floor plan should always be accompanied with professional home photography. You can also take this further and have a 360 virtual tour carried out at the property. This will give prospects a real feel for the property before evening visiting.

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Property Viewings

For online agents No Letting Go offer a Property Appraisal service whereby we attend the landlord’s property on your behalf to compile the property information for marketing purposes which includes details of the property size, décor, heating system, fittings and fixtures as well as details of local amenities.  Additionally high quality photographs are taken of all rooms and relevant external areas/outbuildings.  If required we can collect the keys from the landlord and retain them for viewings, inventory and check in if required. The property information is uploaded directly onto your platform allowing you to proceed with advertising and marketing the property.

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360 Virtual Photography

What is 360 Virtual Photography?

360 virtual photography is now considered the benchmark in marketing a property, a recent study suggests that the inclusion of this can double the interest generated online. Beyond marketing, 360 virtual photography allows for the creation of a detailed and immersive digital record of a property; extremely useful in a wide variety of scenarios.

The 360-degree photographs are high definition panoramic images surround the original point in which the shot was taken. These images are interactive and allow users to look around the room online as if they were standing there themselves. Further to this they have the ability to zoom in and out of the image with exceptional image quality to inspect points of interest. Navigation of these images are easy with the viewer clicking any point on the image to drag it in the desired direction.

Using the Best 360 Virtual Tour Technology in the Market

At No Letting Go, we work closely with cutting edge technology providers to produce the gold standard of these tours. We currently work with Eye Spy 360; their dynamic application allows viewers to seamlessly glide between rooms as if they were walking around the property in person.

What are the Benefits of Using a No Letting Go Virtual Tours?

There are many answers to this question, but in a nutshell, this is what buyers and renters want! The technology available has now become so advanced and readily available that it comes almost as standard now when advertising a property online. Utilising 360 virtual photography to create an immersive virtual tour allowing for an effortless expansion of the client base without sacrificing customer journeys and a personal connection.

Virtual Tours are the Next Big Thing

Whether you are lettings or estate agent, an integral part of the service you provide to your clients is the design and implementation of a successful marketing plan. With the UK property industry continual evolving and becoming ever more competitive a bespoke and high-quality digital package is vital toward maintaining the edge and in many markets, it is already the standard. These elegant virtual tours signal to your clients not only that you are (delete are) maintain market relevance with a cutting edge technological solution, but also that your services include a versatile marketing toolkit. Do not fall behind your competitors and instead knock them out of the park with your tech savvy marketing.

360 Virtual Photography is Interactive by Design

The more interactive a technology is, the more engaging it is for its audience. When prospective tenants are engaging with your tours, they are enjoying the sense of freedom that comes with the provided digital space for independent exploration. 360 virtual photography allows your customers to spend as much time as they want exploring room to room as their own pace, taking the time to inspect those artisan tiles and light fixings they may have missed at the property in person. Virtual tours encapsulate the views attention, leaving them feeling invested in the experience and more likely to pursue the next step in the purchasing journey.

Your Permanent Open House, All Day, Every Day

Hosting an open house has for many years been the go-to method of reaching out to a large group of prospects in a timely manner for everyone involved. However, they still involve a great deal of work: scheduling, staging, long hours on-site, keeping track of notes, and contact information. Virtual tours digitalize these processes and allows viewing around the clock in comfort of people’s home. After a virtual tour, a prospective buyer is much more likely to know if the property is right for them and a more personalised in viewing can be arranged 1 to 1 for those final questions.

Why Should I choose No Letting Go?

At No Letting Go we provide a wide range of property services with our extensive experience allowing us to know what are clients want. We have national coverage across the UK and are always willing to do what we can to accommodate our clients. There is a reason why we have grown to become the nation’s largest inventory provider and it shows in the high-quality services we provide. Get in touch today and find out how No Letting Go can help you!

A Guide for Landlords: Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors; Is It the Landlords Legal Responsibility?

In October 2015, new regulations were introduced to the private rented sector requiring every landlord to install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms on each floor of a property. The landlord must evidence that all alarms are tested and working at the start of each tenancy. Fines for non-compliance are a maximum of £5,000 for each failure. No Letting Go will ensure you are compliant. We will check that your alarms are in the correct location, are functioning at move in and install new ones where necessary. All No Letting Go reports have a smoke and carbon monoxide safety section that will guarantee you meet the regulations.

Landlord Responsibilities Outside of England

Since 1st December 2015, Landlords across Scotland must provide carbon monoxide (CO) alarms with integrated long life batteries within ALL rooms hosting a combustion appliance. Even if a CO detector with standard, removable batteries has been supplied previously, it must be exchanged for, or supplemented by a unit with a sealed long life battery to meet the regulations.

A smoke alarm must be installed in the room most frequently used for general daytime living purposes and one installed in every circulation space on each storey such as hallways and landings. A heat alarm must be installed in every kitchen, and all alarms should be ceiling mounted and interlinked.

Again No Letting Go will report this within our inventory at the start of a tenancy to ensure landlords remain compliant.

Different Types of Alarms

There are mainly four types of smoke alarm currently on the market – ionisation, optical (also described as photo electronic), heat and combined.

Ionisation: These are low cost to purchase. They are very sensitive to small particles of smoke produced by fast flaming fires, such as paper and wood, and will detect this type of fire before the smoke gets too thick.

Optical: These are more expensive but more effective at detecting larger particles of smoke produced by slow-burning fires, such as smouldering foam-filled upholstery and overheated PVC wiring.

Heat Alarms: They detect the increase in temperature from a fire and are insensitive to smoke. They can therefore be installed in kitchens. They only cover a relatively small area of a room, so potentially several heat alarms need to be installed in a large kitchen.

Combined Optical Smoke and Heat Alarms: Combinations of optical and heat alarms in one unit to reduce false alarms while increasing the speed of detection.

Combined Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms: Alarms that combine both smoke detection and CO alarm protection in one ceiling-mounted unit. This reduces costs and takes up less of your living space.

Where Should They be Located?

In general, smoke alarms should be fixed to the ceiling in a circulation space, ie a hall or a landing, and carbon monoxide alarms should be positioned at head height, either on a wall or shelf, approximately 1 to 3 metres away from a potential source of carbon monoxide.

How Often Should You Check the Alarm and Who is Responsible?

The landlord is responsible for checking all smoke and co alarms are in the correct locations and working at the start of the tenancy.  A good inventory company will detail the location and whether they are in working order within the inventory at the start of the tenancy. No Letting Go carry spare smoke alarms and will replace a non working alarm where required.  It is then the responsibility of the tenant to ensure they remain in working order throughout the tenancy.  It is advisable to check them once a month.

Should I Know of Any Exemptions?

The regulations are not aimed at the following scenarios:-

Owner occupied properties, so if the occupier shares the accommodation with the landlord or landlord’s family then these regulations will not apply.

A landlord is considered to share accommodation with the tenant if they share an amenity such as a kitchen or living room.

Landlords granting a right of occupation for a term of 7 years or more.

Landlords who are registered providers of social housing.

Responsibility for the enforcement of the legislation lies with the relevant local housing authority, and breaches of the guidance can be punished by a fine of up to £5000.

Social Housing

The smoke and carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 do not apply to social housing landlords.

The key piece of legislation in England and Wales is the Housing Act 2004, which identifies 29 categories of potential hazards, one of which is fire.  The regulatory reform (fire safety) order 2005 (FSO) applies to the common parts of multi-occupied residential housing and requires landlords to carry out a fire risk assessment, and then take appropriate measures.

House of Multiple Occupancy

For a 1 or 2 story HMO with an individual floor area of no more than 200sqm – a fire risk assessment is required to identify an appropriate main powered interconnected smoke alarm system.  CO alarms must be present in all high risk rooms.

For HMO’s 3 stories or higher – a risk assessment is required to identify a fire alarm system with an appropriate panel.  CO alarms must be present in all high risk rooms.

What Will Happen If I Don’t Comply?

Landlords must check the alarms are working at the start of every new tenancy with potential penalties of up to £5,000 if they don’t comply.

Tenants are required to check the alarms are in working order and notify the landlord if they identify any problems.

The responsibility for the enforcement of the smoke and co alarm legislation lies with the relevant local housing authority.

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