March 31st, 2022

What’s new at PropertyBox this Spring?

The product team at PropertyBox, part of the Focal Group, is working hard behind the scenes to continually develop this innovative product to help estate agents look the best they can online with enhanced photography. But that’s just the start of it. We caught up with Product Director Michael McHugh and Product Manager Victoria Znamenskaya to find out what’s new at PropertyBox and what exciting announcements are in the pipeline this spring.

Working alongside PropertyBox’s designers and developers, Michael and Victoria use in-house artificial intelligence (AI) to refine and develop the product making it the best in the market.

 

What’s the thinking behind PropertyBox?

MM: The best way to help the 60% of agents who take their own photos and need to get them enhanced is to offer them a really fast high quality result every time, so we can add value to their business and help them win the click and the instruction.

VZ: We’re using AI to achieve this so we can make improvements, upgrade the service and add features making our customers’ jobs a lot easier and helping them to work faster and more efficiently.

 

So what’s new this spring from PropertyBox?

VZ: We’re now offering “try before you buy” so customers can upload up to 10 photographs from one property and see the amazing results in seconds. The photos will be brightened, straightened and blue skies added and then they have the option to sign up and pay if they want to get those enhanced photographs back and ready to upload to property portals and their own websites. This gives new customers the opportunity to see what we do and give the service a try.

MM: We’re adding more flexibility to our pricing, with two further price plans for agents who need to enhance fewer photos cost-effectively. The first is “pay as you go” with no monthly fee, you just pay 70p for each enhanced photo; secondly our new “starter plan” for £39.99 per month, per branch, for up to 100 photos and 35p per extra photo. For agents with more volume, they would pick the current “pro plan” at £79.99 per month for up to 250 photos, then 25p for any extra photos. Larger agents can contact us for tailormade packages.

 

What do you like most about your roles?

VZ: It’s about being creative and finding the perfect solution to all the challenges faced by agents who want to look good online.

MM: I think it’s being able to take an idea and using the constituent parts from AI and design, building it into something that processes images for estate agents in seconds. It’s like you’ve got a problem and how do you solve it. When we show people what we’ve done they are genuinely blown away, it gives me great satisfaction.

 

What other innovations are you planning at PropertyBox?

VZ: There are a huge range of possibilities – we’ve only just started! We want to grow and add many features to our product to make estate agents’ lives easier – making sure everything is possible in one place.

“I've tried other photo editing tools and services... both free and paid, and PropertyBox is the only one that I would recommend every time"
- SARAH HUGHES -
May 12th, 2022

Introducing a new, faster and more efficient way to create professional quality floor plans

Let’s be honest: navigating tricky floor plan software probably isn’t the best part of your job.
Got your floor plan sketch? Now that’s all you need with our floor plan conversion tool.

 

Upload your sketch to PropertyBox and we’ll have a professional floor plan back to you in no time at all, giving you more time to focus on what you do best.

 

Learn more about our floor plan tool here

 

Creating Floor Plans

A finished professional-looking floor plan can appear incredibly simple at first glance but, if you’ve ever tried to create one, you know that representing even the most simple of homes in an accurate and easy to understand way is both difficult and time consuming.

 

There’s no denying floor plans are fundamental to an effective listing. A representation of the space helps buyers, sellers and renters to better understand and visualise what the property has to offer. In today’s market, savvy sellers always include floor plans with their property listings. Alongside beautiful property photography, the floor plan is one of the most valuable assets for agents to showcase properties to their maximum potential.

 

Over a third of buyers said that they were less likely to enquire about a property without a floor plan.

 

However, creating a floor plan is easier said than done. With so many options for software and services in the marketplace, even knowing where to start can be a challenge, never mind getting to grips with the nuances of each tool and the time it takes to draw, refine, brand and colour each one.

 

Here at PropertyBox we’re all about saving estate agents time and money, while showing every property to its best potential. Our brand new floor plan tool allows you to hand sketch the floor plan, upload it to the PropertyBox app and, in a matter of hours, we’ll send you back a professional, listing-ready floorplan. It couldn’t be easier!

 

There’s no longer the need to learn how to use complicated CAD tools or wait days for floor plans to be drawn, just sketch it, upload and add your preferences… we’ll do the rest. 

 

With our latest tool you could even sketch and upload the floor plan while you’re at the property, allowing you to get listings online faster and giving you more time to focus on what you do best.

 

OK, so we’ve covered how professional floor plans can help create quality listings that increase sales and how our tool can save you time while giving great results… we’ve saved one of the best features ‘til last though… the price. Just £5 +VAT per floorplan. No contracts.

 

Try it for yourself and see how our new floor plan software can help you and your property business!

“I've tried other photo editing tools and services... both free and paid, and PropertyBox is the only one that I would recommend every time"
- SARAH HUGHES -
May 03rd, 2022

5 tips for better property photographs to sell your listings faster

PropertyBox helps you enhance your property photography and level up your images quickly and efficiently (saving you so much time) but it always helps to ensure those photos are the best they can be before uploading them to PropertyBox to give you that extra competitive edge.

1. It’s all about the angles!

Try to think of different ways you can take pictures of the house, inside and out, that show the property’s potential. For example, try taking a picture of the house from the driveway rather straight on. It will show a larger part of the front of the house and the garden from an interesting angle.

 

House with driveway

2. Still angling for a good shot?

Use gridlines to balance your shot. This is a super quick way to ensure the right composition of a room (or outside shot) so you get the best out of the space by using ‘the rule of thirds’

If you place points of interest in these intersections or along the lines, your property photo will be more balanced, level, and allow viewers to interact with it more naturally. If you have a wonky shot our PropertyBox has a Vertical Correction feature that can correct this but it makes the picture much more engaging if the composition is spot on.

3. Leading the way

As with above, it’s always good to bring the viewer into the picture, help them to imagine themselves in that room or garden. Leading lines are great for this, creating a sense of depth – leading the viewer in.

When you are taking your image look for those lines – think staircases, wooden flooring, picture rails, and table edges. They don’t have to be straight, they can curve, just an interesting line that leads you into the picture.

4. Declutter

Simple but effective. PropertyBox has a feature that can remove unwanted objects quickly but it’s still worth looking around the room to see if there are things that could be moved/removed to create more white space helping to make the space look bigger.
show a decent amount of floor space. Sometimes just taking a little bit of time here can make a huge difference.

5. Light up

With our brightness adjustment, shadow boosting and colour enhancement features, PropertyBox is great at ensuring your imagery has the right light and colours, giving it that professional feel. However, if you have all the lights on in a room this gives the effect of warmth and a cosy feeling for the viewer.

Decluttered kitchen

Use a tripod or at least lean the camera against something to have sharp pictures. Camera shake is common.

Take props. PropertyBox can blur out faces and images but we can’t add those homely touches that help the viewer imagine themselves making your listing their home. Things like candle holders, flowers, plants etc can really help bring a room together and again lets the viewer imagine themselves in that room, with their family. You need to create a space that looks easy to live in, not something sparse and cold. 

 

Try for free. You could be selling your listings faster and levelling up your reputation for quality, speed and efficiency.

“I've tried other photo editing tools and services... both free and paid, and PropertyBox is the only one that I would recommend every time"
- SARAH HUGHES -
“I've tried other photo editing tools and services... both free and paid, and PropertyBox is the only one that I would recommend every time"
- SARAH HUGHES -
“I've tried other photo editing tools and services... both free and paid, and PropertyBox is the only one that I would recommend every time"
- SARAH HUGHES -
“I've tried other photo editing tools and services... both free and paid, and PropertyBox is the only one that I would recommend every time"
- SARAH HUGHES -