I hate being new at something. I love learning new things but I hate that period between trying something new and being competent at it.
When I first saw the demonstration of Magic Plan floor plan software at the RTV national convention, I was blown away and immediately saw the value of adding floor plans to our vacation rental virtual tours. I was very enthusiastic until my husband informed me that his plate was full with photographing and building virtual tours and that if we were going to add floor plans, I was going to have to learn how to use the software.
Another RTV virtual tour provider showed me how easy it was but I was intimidated and overwhelmed by the thought of learning something new. I am NOT a detail person. I am NOT a techie person. I am NOT good at spacial orientation. And like I said, I DON’T like being new at something so I set the idea of offering floor plans on the back burner for almost a year.
One of our big clients called and asked if we could do floor plans for her 35 properties – I said no. Then another of our big clients said they wanted to do floor plans for their 115 properties – I said maybe. Then a huge client I have been trying to close for 5 years called and wanted to know if we could do floor plans for their 185 properties– and I said well of course we can and set out to figure out how to do floor plans.
The first one took me FOUR HOURS. I could not figure out how the pieces fit together, I could not visualize how the doors and windows and plumbing fit. The second one took me two hours but after about the third one, it all clicked.
In the past 30 days, we have done 76 floor plans so far! For this client, we are doing mostly floor plans and still photography and on smaller condos or houses, I can get in and out of the house in not much longer than it takes Greg to shoot the stills. We just did a floor plan for a 12 bedroom house and I was finished in less than two hours even on that.
RTV provides us with the best virtual tour software available but just as importantly, they provide us with the tools and relationships we need to grow our business. I would never have known about Magic Plan without RTV forging a relationship with them. Floor plans are certainly not going to replace what we are currently doing but they are an additional weapon in our arsenal that has allowed us to take our business — and our income — to new levels.
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