Choosing Homes That Meet Internet And Tech Needs

Moving to a new home with bad internet can be terrible. Although some households still consider the internet a privilege, it's an absolute necessity for anyone who works from home with a remote connection, people who need to research school material in a quick, reliable basis, or for people who can't go a week without Netflix. Not all house hunters are dazzled and enchanted by random building features, so if you just want a good enough home while really searching for the right services to stay comfortable, here are a few searching tips and features keep in mind:

Chose Areas Of High Internet Competition

What Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are in the neighborhood? When looking at different homes and price levels, you should figure out which ISPs offer services, along with the speeds available. Sites such as DSLReports include service search functions, allowing you to figure out which companies are available.

This is unfortunately necessary because of the way that some internet companies--or more specifically, certain local offices--handle their customers when in a monopoly. There can be a lack of urgency when a local office knows that you have no other options for internet, extended television channels, or telephone service (although it's hard to find a bad landline phone service in modern times outside of rural areas).

Keep this in mind if you've sworn off any internet companies in the past. Were they monopolies while performing poorly? If so, give them another chance if there is competition. In addition to the competition, every local office has different levels of performance depending on the staff and available funding.

While you can argue that such things shouldn't matter and businesses need to be consistent, the reality is unfortunately inconsistent. Your best bet is to choose a home within a good area with the help of online reviews, the opinions of locals, and the real estate agent's research.

Rural Living Means Limited Services

Long drives aren't the only issue with living in the country. If you're planning on working from low overhead with a low-cost home in the country, you need to be aware that technical services are limited.

Your main concern with internet quality is making sure that you have a wired, landline connection. Satellite internet--which acceptable in an emergency--is far too inconsistent for many businesses that require video conferences or uninterrupted internet feeds.

This is because satellite internet moves across multiple towers and eventually crosses a satellite connection to reach certain sites. The time to reach these different points matters, and adds up to slower travel time for your internet activities and more chances for that connection to be interrupted.

When looking for rural homes, try to find an area that is serviced by at least one ISP. Before assuming that you will have internet because a few neighbors do, contact a representative of that ISP and confirm services. The phone rep could get it wrong, so call across a few days at different times to be sure.

Speak with a real estate company to discuss homes in neighborhoods where your internet needs can be fulfilled by multiple companies.