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The Benefits of Creating a Floor Plan

Cathy Gordon, June 18, 2017


When planning a move, having an accurate floor plan of your new accommodation can be extremely helpful. If you are moving, and especially if you are downsizing, getting a floor plan can save you a lot of hassle.

Now, many retirement communities, condominiums, and apartments have floor plans available online. However, the actual layout of your apartment may be slightly different than a standard layout—due to repairs, renovations, or simple necessary changes during construction. You should always visit your new accommodation before moving and assess the space. Take your own measurements, and note where there are outlets, light fixtures, and how much fixed storage space there is. Be sure to indicate anything not on the provided floor plans with measurements—such as radiators, inset air conditioners or baseboard heating. On a floor plan it may look like your sofa can fit, but upon inspection of your space you may find there is actually an obstruction! This can throw off your whole floor planning strategy.

Once you have an accurate floor plan with measurements, you can start planning what furnishings you want to take with you, and how each item will fit into your new home. It's best to start with large furnishings. If you measure how much floor space each piece requires, you can start situating them in the floor plan. Once the items are placed on the floor plan in a scalable format you can really see how much space you have. You may find you are trying to bring too much and your new home is overly cluttered, or you may find you have more space than you expected. Pay attention to electrical outlets when imagining where to place lamps, a television, a computer, or other important electronics.  Often the best strategy would be less is more!  If your planning a move to a retirement community you must consider the flow of accessibility in your room, especially when mobility restrictions are in place.

Deciding what larger items you are taking with you is the best way to start downsizing. From there, you can decide on smaller items based on how much storage space you have in your new home. If you need more storage space, maybe you need to include some furniture that also serves as storage solutions. No matter what, starting with a floor plan ensures you make the right choices, and it all fits comfortably into your new space.


Written by Cathy Gordon

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