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Floor Plan Designer

A floor plan designer is similar to a draftsperson; however, they specialize in drawing floor plans. They serve an essential role in the property development team.

What is a Floor Plan Designer?

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  A floor plan designer works with architects and other engineering team members. They draw floor plans for new constructions or renovation using CAD (computer-aided design) software. Architects and contractors will use these plans, also called blueprints, as a basis for the project.
  A floor plan designer works with architects and other engineering team members. They draw floor plans for new constructions or renovation using CAD (computer-aided design) software. Architects and contractors will use these plans, also called blueprints, as a basis for the project.
floor plan designer working

What is the salary of a Floor Plan Designer?

When determining a floor plan designer’s salary, you must consider several factors. The first is experience, education, and certifications. The greater the designer’s expertise, the higher the pay. The second is the location the designer will work from. Location is an essential factor in determining salary because the cost of living varies depending on the country and region. Countries such as Australia and the United States tend to have higher living costs and pay higher salaries. Countries such as the Philippines pay lower wages based on their lower living costs.

What is the average salary for a Floor Plan Designer?

While a floor plan designer salary will range widely, an average can be used to estimate costs. We’ve developed a table showing the average wage you can expect to pay a floor plan designer in several countries, compared with what you can expect to pay for a designer in the Philippines.
The average salary of a Floor Plan Designer in Australia
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$81,815 AUD
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$22,952 AUD
based in the Philippines
The average salary of a Floor Plan Designer in New Zealand
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$67,054 NZD
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$25,845 NZD
based in the Philippines
The average salary of a Floor Plan Designer in United Kingdom
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£32,259 GBP
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£13,411 GBP
based in the Philippines
The average salary of a Floor Plan Designer in United States of America
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$69,242 USD
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$16,043 USD
based in the Philippines
The average salary of a Floor Plan Designer in Canada
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$69,741 CAD
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$20,904 CAD
based in the Philippines
The average salary of a Floor Plan Designer in Singapore

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$40,634 SGD
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$21,872 SGD
based in the Philippines
The Philippines has significantly lower labor costs than Australia, the United States, New Zealand, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Singapore. Hiring a virtual floor plan designer who works from the Philippines will mean significant labor cost savings for companies in most countries.
ShoreAgents is a real estate staffing solutions firm in the Philippines. We are experienced at finding well-trained, hard-working floor plan designers that will work for your company from our modern offices at a fraction of the price you’d pay if you hired someone local.

Can a Floor Plan Designer work virtually?

Because a floor plan designer in the Philippines is so much less expensive than a local one, you’re probably wondering if the designer can successfully complete their duties from a remote location. A floor plan designer does most of their work in front of a computer, so the answer is yes. However, for many companies, having a virtual employee is a change. As with all changes, you’ll need to do some preparation to ensure the transition goes smoothly.
Specifically, you need to invest in task management software that electronically prioritizes the workload. You’ll also have to change your expectations of how you’ll interact with your employee. And, you need to sell your team on the idea that having a virtual floor plan designer benefits the company.
ShoreAgents understand the changes you need to make and can help you prepare for a virtual floor plan designer. We have considerable experience advising and coaching companies in managing virtual team members.

Local Floor Plan Designer Vs. Virtual Floor Plan Designer

Consider the pros and cons to determine whether a virtual floor plan designer is the best option for your firm. Here are a few positives about hiring a virtual floor plan designer.
The saying that time is money is definitely true. And hiring a floor plan designer on your own in your local market takes a lot of time. You could use that time in other ways to generate revenue for your firm if you worked with ShoreAgents to hire a virtual floor plan designer.
ShoreAgents takes care of all the time-consuming details that are part of hiring. We handle the recruiting and narrow the pool of applicants to a few finalists. We do the background checks and find and equip a workstation for the new employee. All you have to do is tell us what you need and choose the best option among the finalists we present.
Being able to design a home floor plan is a highly specialized skill. Some markets will have difficulty finding the right person. ShoreAgents has an excellent reputation in the industry and a vast network of professionals to recruit from. We can find the right floor plan designer for you.
A major human resource challenge is employee retention. You don’t want to hire someone only to have them leave you for another job a year later. Retention improves when employees have a comfortable and supportive work environment and a job that keeps them engaged.
Floor plan drawing is a specialized skill, and the odds are that your firm will only have one floor plan designer. The designer can tend to feel isolated in that environment. However, the virtual floor plan designer will work in ShoreAgents’ offices with colleagues doing similar jobs for other companies. They can support each other and eliminate isolation.
We also offer a comfortable climate-controlled office space and continuing education so that the designer can keep learning.
ShoreAgents is located in the Philippines, which has a much lower cost of living than New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Singapore, and many other countries. Wages are lower, so you’ll save money. Yet you’ll still receive a highly trained, competent, and hard-working employee.
The only disadvantage is that a virtual team member is a new concept and may require some adjustments to make it work. The good news is that ShoreAgents provides advice and coaching to help you make those adjustments smoothly.
In-person or Virtually?
It’s up to you. We think the benefits speak for themselves. If you want the benefits that a virtual floor plan designer offers, ShoreAgents can make that happen.

What are the duties of a Floor Plan Designer?

Floor plan designer duties and responsibilities can vary slightly depending on the firm. Typical tasks that are in a floor plan designer job description include:
  • Gathering information and structural requirements
  • Using computer software such as CAD or RIVET to produce 2D drawings and 3D models
  • Calculating the limits of materials and providing advice on the building’s structural load or dimensions.
  • Helping to ensure that the designs are practical, accurate, and safe.
  • Taking accurate measurements at construction sites.
  • Diagraming workflows and verifying blueprint accuracy. Updating plans as necessary during the construction phase and at other times as required.
In addition, a floor plan designer also should possess certain personal characteristics such as attention to detail, excellent communication skills, and the ability to work as part of a team. The ability to prioritize deadlines is also critical.
Most floor plan designers have trade college degrees, but some will have four-year degrees in engineering or architecture.

Floor Plan Designer Role

Below is a list of duties that are typically included in floor plan designer jobs. We’ve marked those a floor designer could do virtually with a tick. Those that a floor plan designer cannot complete virtually are marked with a cross. Those tasks that can be partially completed virtually but require some in-person work need both a tick and cross.
Gather information and structural requirements. check circle
Produce drawings and models using computer software. check circle
Calculate limitations on materials and provide advice. check circle
Work with the team to ensure safe, practical, and accurate designs. check circle
Take measurements at construction sites. cancel circle
Produce workflow diagrams, verify plan accuracy, and update plans as necessary. check circle
Most of the floor plan designer’s duties are computer-oriented, so they can easily be completed from anywhere in the world. An exception is taking measurements at the site. In the case of a virtual floor plan designer, another team member would take the measurements.
ShoreAgents can help you adjust your job description and processes so that the virtual designer can succeed.

Where to hire a Floor Plan Designer?

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You basically have two choices. Hire yourself from among local applicants or contract with a staffing firm, like ShoreAgents, to find you a virtual floor plan designer.
Let’s consider what’s involved in hiring yourself locally. First, you’ll have to ensure you understand labor and hiring laws in your jurisdiction. Then you’ll have to do certain tasks, including:
  • Developing a job description and posting it on various websites.
  • Sorting through applications, many of them from totally unsuitable applicants, to narrow down the field.
  • Interviewing finalists and choosing the best applicant.
  • Conducting background checks before making a final job offer.
  • Finding and equipping a workspace.
The process of hiring locally requires a lot of time.

Hiring at ShoreAgents in the Philippines

Now let’s look at what happens if you hire through ShoreAgents.
ShoreAgents will do most of the work for you. We’ll help hone your job description, recruit, and provide you with finalists. We’ll do background checks and equip a workstation with desk, chair, computer, monitors, webcam, and headsets. ShoreAgents can also provide you with concrete advice on growing your firm through the use of virtual assistants. Our director grew his own real estate firm with virtual assistants, and we are the only BPO firm whose day-to-day operations are run by an experienced real estate professional.
ShoreAgents is based in the Philippines. Outsourcing t o the Philippines is an excellent way to fill your floor plan designer position for several reasons:
  • The Philippines is a haven for business process outsourcing firms, especially real estate firms. Because BPO is so vital to the country’s economy, the infrastructure is excellent.
  • Labor costs are lower than they are in many countries.
  • The Philippines has a workforce of more than 45 million well-educated and hard-working workers.
  • Filipino workers are keen to work with foreign companies.
  • English is an official language of the Philippines, and your virtual floor plan designer will speak English fluently.
  • Because of the country’s history as a colony or territory, Filipino culture is very similar to the culture in Europe, North America, New Zealand, and Australia. Christianity is the dominant religion, so holidays such as Easter and Christmas are shared.
ShoreAgents is a real estate staffing solutions firm based in the Philippines. Whatever your staffing needs, we can handle them.

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