Tips Before You Scan
August 11, 2020 MLS Updates FlexMLS Staff
Scanning a home with FlōPlan is quick and easy, when you follow these simple guidelines…
Make Sure The Space is Well Lit
Before you get started, make sure the space is well lit and free from obstructions. Turn on all lights and open doors and window blinds. While doing this, plan a fluid route for scanning that involves the least amount of backtracking.
Turn on Airplane Mode
Avoid interruptions by ensuring your phone is charged, and airplane mode is on. Incoming calls can interrupt your scanning and cause the need to start over.
Hold Your Phone in Landscape Mode
Scanning works only in landscape mode rather than vertical. Turn your phone counter-clockwise so that the “start” button is upright.
Start On the Lowest Floor
If the home has multiple floors, start at the lowest floor and work your way up. To eliminate unnecessary backtracking, plan a clockwise route around the space.
Scanning the Stairs
When you reach the stairs, tilt the phone upwards as you climb them, and tilt back downwards as you reach the top.
Avoid the Ceiling!
Only the bottom 3 feet of the wall is needed during the scan, hold your device at chest height and aim down at the area where the wall meets the floor, 3-8 ft in front of you. Walk slowly and steadily parallel to the wall, rather than sideways facing the wall. Turns should be slow and steady as well.
Scan Small Rooms from the Doorway
Avoid entering small rooms, such as bathrooms or closets. Simply scan them from the doorway, and back away, maintaining a continuous scan between the floor spaces as you go.
Stop to Scan Windows
When you encounter wall features like cabinets and windows, tilt the phone upwards slightly until only the bottom edge is visible, then tilt back downwards to resume scanning. Again, be careful to avoid scanning the ceiling!
As long as you keep these tips in mind, your floor plan will come back flawless!