UK homebuyers consider good mobile signal as the top most requirement while searching for a new house, a new research study claims.
According to a recent survey conducted by mobile analytics firm RootMetrics, almost half of the 2,000 UK adults polled have admitted that they would reconsider buying or renting a property in an area where mobile connectivity in the area is low.
The research found that around 45 per cent of 18-35 year-olds surveyed ranked good mobile signal as the most important consideration while looking to buy or rent a new property, while crime statistics, transport links and schools trailed far behind with 21 per cent, 18 per cent and 17 per cent votes.
Around 51 per cent of them said that they are facing problems with mobile phone reception in their current home and they can’t afford to face the same problem in their new homes. This could be the reason behind such a high percentage of Brits considering mobile signal as a top priority.
However, 40 per cent of those aged 55 or older said they’d opt to switch networks if they don’t get strong signal at home.
David Cox, Managing Director of the Association of Residential Letting Agents, said today when majority of the people are reliant on smartphones for their work, social media and keeping in contact with friends and family, its no surprise that home seekers are considering mobile signal as the top most factor.
He also added that checking mobile phone signal should become a routine action for potential buyers in every property they view to ensure they do not face any hassles in the long run due to weak mobile connectivity.