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Do MP Floor Plans include total square footage for each floor?

Total square footage is VERY important to my clients (real estate agents). I currently use a third party service to create my floor plans but would switch to MP generated ones if it includes total sq. ft. A lot of my clients pay for floor plans just to get the total sq ft number!!

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  • Hi @sean-1,

    I can certainly understand the interest in having the sqft added to the floor plan. Unfortunately, this is not something we can offer at this time. That said, we feel it's very important to keep track of these suggestions so the product team can better gauge demand.

    I'll leave this question here because I think it can help others also interested in this feature. However, I would recommend that you add having total sqft to the product suggestion channel to generate as many Likes as possible. That will really help the product team get a good sense for how much demand there is for this feature.

    -The Matterport Team

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  • That would be a nice feature!

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  • I dont think thats a good idea at all. Real Estate agents go by whats on the official tax records per the size of the house. If Matterport comes up short on that, then the agent isnt going to want to see smaller sqare footage on the floor plan and certainly not the owner beciase in essence, youve just made the home smaller. Matterport changed the info that could be got from their tour, a 3rd party solution was out there where it measured the square footage of the Matterport model. And it ALWAYS came up short. So I charge per the tax records and that is the official size of the home. @sean-1 if you ever do plan to include the size on the floor plan, please make sure that you leave that as an option when ordering so that I dont have to photoshop it out on the plan after you send it to me. That would be a pain to keep having to do. Now that this special price of $14.95 is being offered, I am really pushing floor plans to my clients. I think that it would serve Matterport well to leave the price at $14.95. I also dont think its a good idea to start charging $19.95 for VR. Agents are so slow welcoming new stuff, you have to give them stuff for free just to get them to look at it. I have given so many of the 3D tours that I have done for free just to get their attention to look at the tour.

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  • really suprised that you can't simply add the total sq ft to the floor plans. We can't use your floorplan service because of this ommision.

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  • @will-1

    Just go into Photoshop and write whatever sq footage you want. It would take about 2 minutes depending on what all you do to the floor plan.

    If the garage isn't scanned because it is a train wreck, I just Photoshop the garage in place and no one can even tell. I have also had to change the room names to fit what the realtor thought they should be called.

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  • I don't really want to make up the sq ft, our clients actually want to know what the total size of the property is.

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  • I think the realtors here have to measure and calculate the sq footage. I did one today the internet had one number and her number is several hundred lower. The lower one is what she has on her listing. That is what I was trying to say is use the number they give you. The Matterport camera isn't exact but it is probably more accurate than some of the realtors. I was wondering if she forgot a closet or something.

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  • I see, it's not that easy to get the sq ft here in the UK without measuring it. We had hoped that the plans MP offered would be acceptable but they're really not that good. One of the ones we had done required lots of amendments and has been a drawn out process which has annoyed the client. I guess you get what you pay for!

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  • I'm not sure what the laws are regarding this in the UK, but I believe the reason we don't offer it here is basically due to avoiding potential lawsuits based on inaccurate square footage. The Matterport technology is currently 1% - 2% accurate, but in larger establishments that can add up. If the reading is too small, the value of the property is undercut and if it's too big, the new owner could retaliate against the realtor with a lawsuit. As far as I understand it, in the US the square footage is disclosed as part of the property tax documentation and/or is part of the city records. We prefer agents use that instead.

    I'm sorry for any inconvenience.

    - Amir

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  • Hi Amir, thanks for the explanation. Floor plans or areas are not relied on for property taxes in the UK although there is a code (RICS) that plans have to adhere to if they are to be used for valuation purposes. When they are used for marketing purposes, as long as they have a disclaimer on them about the size accuracy then there is no problem to put on the total sq ft. Can this feature not be enabled by the user for other markets?

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  • Unfortunately, the feature is not available at this time in any form. I do see what you're saying and maybe with a disclaimer it would be possible. Either way, it's certainly food for thought and I'm happy to bring the team's attention to this matter.

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  • Totally agree that this is needed - with caveat statements about being best effort estimate for guidance only. I have only iused the service once due to this and inability to add brand.

    However - it MUST be an option only when ordering as some real estate clients expect the total area by floor, or, more importantly to state the area per the official record.

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  • Thanks for leaving this post up. It would be nice if I could get a simple "square footage scanned". I don't necessarily scan every room or space on every job. I would use it internally as a basis for charging for services and it would be a good number for figuring time spent for square footage scanned.

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  • I have had numerous requests from realtors to have the total square footage indicated on the floor plan. Regardless of those requests, even if it were not displayed, to have the information on the backend for purposes of billing per square foot, it is a no-brainer to me. A feature I really think is a must for something already this sophisticated and intuitive.

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  • I just did a scan and client wishes to exclude most of the rooms. The top view look likes this. Now, how do I calculate the floor area? 

    As such, I support the idea of including an estimated (as accurate as possible) floor area (sq ft) in Matterport generated floor plans. 

    Else, anyone has any suggestions how to calculate the floor area? 

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  • @Jack S

    The floor plans do have approximate square footage.

    Like I said above, most realtors can measure twice and come up with two different measurements!

    Do you want the measurements of the rooms left or the entire place? There is a measurement tool in workshop.

    I would order floor plans. You cannot beat it for $15!

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  • @justinv

    Thank you for sharing. Ok, I will try ordering the floor plan. 

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  • I purchased the floor plan for my 1st scan. Approx. Floor area is included.

    Also found a website mp2fp.com providing floor plan services. Looks good. Will probably try them out in future.

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