Once the SMARTePLAN® is created, we have the ability to create a second version of the floor plan that allows viewers to arrange furniture inside the space. This furniture-moving floor plan is called SMARTePLAN-IT.
Viewers select furniture symbols off a menu, size them to fit their needs and slide them around inside the floor plan, arranging furniture and doing “what ifs”.
SMARTePLAN-IT also uploads directly onto our MLS and is part of the online property materials. All prospective buyers can easily access this helpful and innovative tool right from Houston’s MLS.
We find this service is particularly helpful in selling luxury condos, townhomes and high rises, for several reasons.
- The room space in many condos is scaled slightly smaller than single family homes. Furniture that previously “fit” in the same area of the buyer’s family home … may not fit as well in their new condo. This tool lets potential buyers see in advance, not only how it will fit … but where it will go.
- There is a wave of baby-boomer empty-nesters downsizing out of large family homes and moving to upscale condos, townhomes and high rises. They know they can’t take all their furniture with them and often its hard for them to choose, as the choice may be between leaving one or more family heirlooms behind. This tool lets them see the new space and move the old furniture around inside of it doing “what ifs” and determining what they want to keep… and what they want to give away.
When my parents moved to an independent living community, they downsized from a 5 bedroom home into an apartment. I smarteplanned their new home. My mother could do endless “what ifs” to help her decide what she wanted to keep and where it would go. Moving day was a breeze … one sister stood at the door like a traffic cop and as each piece of furniture came through the door, it was directed right into its place … it really helped us.
SAMPLE FURNITURE MOVING PLAN
We have a SMARTePLAN-IT sample for you to “play” with … so feel free to take a look and try it out.