Product Review: MagicPlan floor plan designer

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with American West Realty and Management 12599

MAGICPLAN

I'm a big fan of mobile devices and leveraging their capabilities to increase my productivity or simplify my life. One product I've been using for a couple years is MagicPlan by Sensopia.

WHAT IS MAGICPLAN?

MagicPlan is an application for your mobile device that enables you to create floorplans quickly and easily using your mobile device and the built-in camera. Once the floorplan is created, you can add furniture and fixtures, use it to generate estimates (e.g. flooring installation), and even create 3D virtual tours!

The most amazing part is the accuracy. I have used MagicPlan to create floorplans for apartments and houses that I rent. It's a great tool for marketing. In most cases, the total square footage generated with MagicPlan is within a few square feet of the county records! That's pretty good considering how quickly I generate these.

HOW MAGICPLAN WORKS

Download the app to any mobile device (Apple and Android compatible).

Start by calibrating the device. Then stand in an area of the room where all walls and corners are visible.

Follow the guide on the screen. You generally want to start in a corner and then work your way around in a circle. Use the button on the right to mark corners and the button on the left to mark the beginning and ending of every door or opening. When you return to the starting point, it completes the room and allows you to review it.

 

MAKING ADJUSTMENTS

Once you have a room complete, move to the next room and repeat. As you complete each room, you will be taken to a screen that allows you to "assemble" the rooms. You can rotate them, move them to the right position, and connect them. It's much simpler than it sounds.

The rooms can be spun around to orient them properly. As you move rooms closer to each other, door openings automatically align and walls adjust to correct errors. In my experience, the automatic adjustments are very accurate and correct mistakes I've made during the measurement process.

For smaller spaces, like a closet, there is no need to measure. Focus on the main spaces and then use the "fill" tool to fill in the spaces or manually draw them in.

 

FINISHING TOUCHES

After you've finished building out the rooms, you can refine the project by adding fixtures and even furniture. I typically don't add furniture but I do take the time to add fixtures like kitchen or bathroom counters, appliances, plumbing fixtures, etc. 

 

 

 

 

FINAL WORD

MagicPlan is an excellent application and one of the most useful apps I've ever used! It is simple, yet powerful. Your final product can be saved in various formats, shared with HomeDepot or Floorplanner.com, and much more. It can even create 3D walk-through tours!

There is a free version that allows you to create floorplans for personal use but they are watermarked. I highly recommend upgrading to a paid plan that allows you to add a personal watermark (or keep it clean), as well as your contact information, personal picture, etc. Your floorplans are stored on the cloud or can be downloaded/exported.

I hope you've enjoyed this review of MagicPlan. If you ever find yourself needing to build a floorplan, I can think of no better tool!

 

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Rainmaker
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Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
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Sybil, this program does allow you to export to a format that will work with other software to build a 3D model. I haven't used it but it looks simple enough.

Mar 24, 2017 12:22 PM #12
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
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Thanks for the tip, Nathan.  I may just have to try this one out.  Looks very useful.

Mar 25, 2017 03:41 AM #13
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Joan Cox
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Nathan, I heard of this app years ago, but was thinking they would have an Android version.

Mar 25, 2017 05:26 AM #14
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Nathan Gesner
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You are welcome, Gabe. Thanks for commenting!

Mar 25, 2017 05:50 AM #15
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Nathan Gesner
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Joan Cox it is available for Apple or Android. I include links for each under the third header. Thanks for commenting!

Mar 25, 2017 05:51 AM #16
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Joan Cox
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Nathan, sorry, I missed that, and had not heard they did have an Android app.  THANKS!   Need to check it out.  Must need more coffee!

Mar 25, 2017 05:53 AM #17
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Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
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No worries! I could use some coffee myself!

Mar 25, 2017 01:28 PM #18
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
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I LOVE this app....and I know two Hansons who will be loading it today !  Thank you !

Apr 22, 2017 01:59 AM #19
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Nathan Gesner
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You are welcome, Sally K. & David L. Hanson ! Have a great day!

Apr 22, 2017 05:18 AM #20
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Hi Nathan- I am so glad that Roy Kelley reblogged this because I would have missed it.  I downloaded this app a few years ago and hadn't used it in a while.  I'll give it another try. 

Apr 23, 2017 11:53 AM #21
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
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What a great review of a useful app for anyone in real estate ... thanks for sharing!

Apr 23, 2017 01:12 PM #22
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Like Sheri Sperry - MCNE®  I signed up for this program many years ago but did not find easy or  accurate. Time to check it out again.

Apr 23, 2017 04:24 PM #23
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Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
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They've made some nice improvements to it, Kathy Streib . Let us know how it goes!

Apr 23, 2017 07:50 PM #24
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Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
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You're very welcome, Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging . Have a great week!

Apr 23, 2017 07:52 PM #25
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Nathan Gesner
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Maybe it's time to give it another shot, Margaret. Thanks for commenting!

Apr 23, 2017 07:52 PM #26
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Nathan Gesner - perhaps need to learn a bit more about this. Just could not calibrate right.

I definitely want to master it - I will try at my next listing appointment.

Apr 23, 2017 10:39 PM #27
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Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
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They have instruction videos and they are worth watching to ensure you are calibrating and then holding it correctly while measuring a room. My measurements are typically within 10-15 sq.ft. of the tax records home so it is possible to be accurate.

Apr 24, 2017 04:42 AM #28
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Inna Ivchenko
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I have this app for years on my phone, but never used it...thanks for reminding about it:) 

Sep 27, 2017 04:49 PM #29
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Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
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Give it a shot, Inna! They've made more improvements and it keeps getting better.

Sep 28, 2017 04:25 AM #30
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It takes a little getting used to but it’s a great little app

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