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How internet speeds can affect house prices

When you are looking into properties, you have probably heard of the famous phrase, ‘location, location, location’. Of course, location of your new home is very important, but this is in more ways than you think.

Internet speeds have been found to affect house prices just as much as the location. In fact, there can be a big difference in property prices in neighbouring streets because of broadband speeds. When it comes to moving house, people are simply not prepared to relocate to somewhere with a bad connection or slow internet speeds. Let’s take a closer look at how internet speeds affect house prices in the digital age.

The top house hunting factors

When searching for your dream home, there are going to be a number of factors that you look for. In particular, the location is at the top of the priority list. This includes the street and neighbourhood the house is located in. Overall, you want it to be a safe area that suits your lifestyle, as well as being near to your work and perhaps near shops, schools and transportation. Some people look for bustling city spots while others wish for a quiet rural location. The choice is yours.

Of course, the house itself matters too. Some opt for modern new developments, whilst others prefer traditional Victorian homes for barn conversions with character. Perhaps you are more focused on what is inside the home, such as the number of bedrooms and bathrooms. In addition to the floor plan, you want to know how much the heating is going to cost and what amenities are available for moving in. Some people want a property they can make their own, whilst others want somewhere completed to their style.

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Internet speed is now a priority

In the 21st century with innovative technology, being online is essential. Fast home broadband speeds have become a new factor that families are looking at before they move into a property.

Internet speeds are often taken for granted, with younger generations growing up with freedom online, unaware of the days of dial-up. With the recent change in the working lifestyle due to COVID-19, more people are now working from home, streaming television programs and surfing the internet than before. In one way or another, we are all dependent on the internet. One of the top questions when looking at a property is now; how fast is the internet here?

Bare in mind that the buyer of your property may be a landlord looking for rental income, so broadband is going to be a huge factor in the rental market.

WIFI Mesh system House prices slump with bad internet

If you are trying to sell your house, know that your internet speed is going to be scrutinised. If you have fast speeds and do not experience any interruption when you are streaming or surfing, your property price is likely to be safe. However, if you do have slow broadband speeds, this is something to worry about. A recent study by ISPreview has found looking at average UK house prices that if you have really slow internet speeds, 24 percent could be knocked off the value of your home.

For example, that same study saw that an area called Coppice Farm Park in St. Leonards had a 62 percent lower property price than the average property in the same postcode district. The internet speed was a shocking 0.719 Mbps.

In particular, it is often rural properties that are affected by slower internet speeds. While a lot of people love the quiet and serene surroundings of the countryside, they still want the amenities that the city provides. Of course, house prices are typically lower in rural areas than in the city. But they are going to be even lower if the internet is not up to speed.

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Fix the problem before you sell

Do you want to sell your home soon? As you can see, the internet has become a priority for house shoppers. If you think that you have a slow internet speed, make sure you get the problem fixed first. Do not ignore it and think nobody will notice. They will and this is going to take a toll of the price you get for your property. You will also be able to benefit from the faster broadband yourself while the house is on the market. Flexible contracts are available from Wave Internet, so let us work something out for you.

Wave Internet is the number one choice when it comes to rural broadband solutions. You can get next-generation internet technology so that you do not suffer from any slowness or breaks online. You are able to stream, surf and work without any problems, no matter where your property is located in the countryside. You can even choose a WIFI booster for even better speeds. 

5 simple ways to improve your internal WIFI

Are you looking for ways to improve your internal WIFI? In today’s world, we struggle to function without a good internet connection. The revolution of the online world means we rely on technology more than ever, and this only works if you can connect at a decent speed. WIFI with slow speeds and bad reception can affect the playback of videos, surfing the web and scrolling through social media – 2020 essentials!

With the current situation of Covid-19, we are all in our homes and reliant on services such as Netflix, Youtube and other online services to keep our mental health in order, and tackle our boredom. Kids also require access to the internet to do their schoolwork online, and with most people now working from home, there is heavy usage on your broadband!

If you are finding things are running a bit slower than usual, there are things you can do to improve it, here goes…

WIFI Mesh system Install a WIFI mesh system

Do you notice that some areas of your home experience slow speeds while other places do not? This can be annoying and affect your browsing experience and productivity. The good news is that there is something you can do about it. You can install a WIFI mesh system on your property. This is going to be better than WIFI extenders and make sure that you do not have any dead spots.

Essentially, a WIFI mesh system means having more than one router device in the building. They are going to work together to bring better WIFI to your devices.  Together the nodes should bring a seamless WIFI connection to all areas of your home or business. For example, at Wave Internet, we have modern and sleekly designed nodes that you can place in different rooms. You will hardly notice they are there but you can enjoy better WIFI instantly after install.

disconnect unused devices Disconnect devices not in use

The chances are, you have a lot of devices that are connected right now. This can be anything from smartphones and computers to speakers, televisions, printers and wireless accessories. We are all guilty of keeping them connected to the WIFI for convenience and so they are ready to use when we need them. But the truth is, keeping all of these devices connected is overloading the usage and slowing it down. Think about it like every device is like a person using the internet at the same time as you. It can affect speed.

The best thing you can do is disconnect the devices that you are not currently using at home. It will not take long to connect them again when you want to use them. You should notice a difference in your WIFI experience. If you cannot disconnect a lot of these devices, you may want to consider switching to wired alternative hardware. For example, you can easily invest in a wired mouse or keyboard, which should not cost a lot of money. This way, you can still have them connected but they will not interfere with your WIFI.

Updste Software Keep software up to date

The reason your WIFI might be running slowly could be down to needing an update. So, perhaps it is time to see if there are any software updates. Companies like here at Wave are always trying to improve things, so there are often upgrades available, just get in touch and discuss with a member of the team. Even if your WIFI is not playing up, it is best to check for updates regularly, as this could improve your online security too.

Secure Password Create a secure password

Is your WIFI protected by a secure password? If the answer is no, now is the time to get one. Whether you are experiencing slow speeds at home or in your business, having an open or public WIFI may be contributing to this. Not only does this affect your surfing experience but it can also leave you open to security threats. It is always recommended to encrypt your service and have a password. This is going to stop everybody using your broadband, as well as make hacking less likely to happen.

Do not forget that having a strong password is essential. This should be something that is not easy to guess. It is recommended to use a combination of symbols, numbers and letters – you can use a password generator. Try to avoid common letter or number patterns, such as 1234. Make sure it is not personal information and it should be at least eight characters long.

upgrade hardware Switch to the latest hardware

Technology is always changing. If you have not invested in your WIFI, now may be the time to do it. As the need for connectivity increases every year, this means that there is newer technology out there for you. For example, Wireless-B, Wireless-A and Wireless-G are older and have lower speeds than more modern versions. Sometimes, it is necessary to upgrade and even spend a little bit more to get the experience that you want. In particular, if you stream a lot of videos and games, this may be essential for you to enjoy them.

switching broadband provider Things that are contributing to lousy WIFI

So, we have looked at some simple things you can improve your internal WIFI. But there are actually things that are already in your home too. There are a number of items that are common in households and businesses that affect WIFI speed. Let’s take a look.

Metal furniture

Do you have a lot of metal tables or other furniture around your home? This could be affecting your WIFI speeds. This is because metal is a conductor. In other words, it is a material that can absorb electricity and prevent the release of electromagnetic waves for your WIFI. The best thing you can do is minimise metal furniture in your home or business or keep it away from your router.

Refrigerators and washing machines

There are many appliances around your home or your business that can interfere with the WIFI. Two of them are refrigerators and washing machines. A lot of people do not realise this, but radio waves from big appliances like these can affect your signal and internet speeds. The best thing you can do to prevent this from happening is to move your router away from big appliances like refrigerators and washing machines.

Kettles and microwaves

It is not just the big appliances that could be affecting your WIFI signal. In fact, smaller kitchen appliances, such as kettles and microwaves can interfere too. They have a similar frequency that is used by WIFI and this can mean that it interrupts your speeds. The best thing you can do is have your router far away from these small appliances. This can hopefully stop the interruption from happening.

Automatic downloads

If you have devices connected to your WIFI, they may be set to automatic downloads. This means that any updates are installed automatically when they become available. Often, this is a setting that people use for convenience. But this could be interfering with your WIFI speeds. So, take a look at your devices and see if this is happening. Change the settings so that it alerts you when an update is ready and you can choose to download it when you need to.

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Switching is easy

Why should I switch to Wave Internet?
Unlike the big corporates, we have the flexibility to quickly adapt to changing needs of our local customers. Our new technology allows us to beam high speed internet from our stations all around Lancashire and Greater Manchester. They want you to think that they all use the same technology and there are no other options, but we are here to change perceptions and provide excellent, rapid customer service at the same time.

The email scandal: broadband companies

How some broadband companies make switching hard work by using your email address against you

The chances are, when you signed up with a broadband provider many years ago, they gave you a free email address. Of course, this was great at the time. You created your account and since then, you have signed up to other services, made purchases and receive all important correspondence to this email address. Everything is in one handy place and there when you need it. 

But if you are thinking about switching broadband providers, you should be aware that you might not be able to take your email address with you. A lot of people do not realise that their broadband service is not just featured in their email address name; you actually have to stay with the broadband company in order to access it.

The reality is, some broadband companies are using your email address against you. Let’s take a closer look at how and what you can do about it.

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The reality when you are switching broadband provider

So, let’s take a common scenario.

You want to change broadband companies due to no longer being happy with your current provider.

You have found a cheaper, better deal somewhere else to save money and suit your internet use.

You organise the cancellation and end your contract.

Then...they drop the bombshell that your email address you have used for years, will no longer be in use!

These companies know that everyone wants to keep their email address, so take the opportunity to make extra income, or to retain the customer because the hassle of changing their email is just too much. Examples of the options they give to customers are:

Your Email account is deleted forever

First of all, some broadband companies will simply delete your email account when you end your contract. You will no longer be able to access any of your emails, and will lose all of your correspondence and contacts. There is no way of regaining any of this information, forcing customers to accept the reality that they have to start all over again.

You pay a monthly fee

The other option you have is to pay a monthly fee in order to keep your email address and still use all of the features you currently use for free. While you may think that this is a small price to pay to maintain all of your data, it is not a great long-term plan. The company in the future could decide they no longer offer the stand-alone service, and you are back to square one.

This is a service that you enjoyed as part of your broadband package. Now, you have to pay your new broadband company and your old one to access your emails. Is this something you really want to do? 

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Bite the bullet – Sign up for a web-based email service

If you are still wanting to switch broadband provider and are scared about losing your emails and contacts, we have some useful advice. One of the best things you can do is sign up for a web-based email service. This is going to prevent this problem from happening. For example, you can choose to sign up for GSuite or Outlook. They are not linked to any provider and they are also cost-effective.

A personal account with Gmail is free to use, or a business account is as low as £4 per month with all the extra services. You get all of the features that you need to conduct business or personal emails, as well as their being good storage space.

We have created some simple steps so that you can transfer everything from your old emails onto your new web-based email account. Make sure you follow these steps in advance of your email account is closed.

Step 1: Sign up and create your email account

First, sign up for your chosen web-based email service. Create your account and fill in all of your details. This should not take long and the online forms are normally easy to follow and guide you through the process.

Step 2: Forward important emails

On your old broadband email account, find any important emails you have. The best way to transfer them to your new email account on the web is to forward them to your new address. This way, you will be able to view everything and put them into folders in any way that you like.

Step 3: Transfer your contacts list

One of the most important things is going to be your contact list. There are ways to download or export your list so that you can transfer it to your new account. Different email accounts will do this in various ways. Search for instructions on how to do this or contact your broadband provider.

Step 4: Check your website subscriptions

Have a look at your emails. Gather a list of the subscriptions that you have and accounts that you want to change to your new email address. For example, this may be social media websites, online banking and shopping accounts. Log into those websites and change your email address. This will make sure that any correspondence now goes to your new account.

Step 5: Set email forwarding

While you transition over to your new email account, set up email forwarding on your old one. This will make sure that all your messages get forwarded and you receive them. You can even set up automatic replies to emails you receive on your old account. This can inform anyone where they can contact you moving forward.

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Make your switch easy – Choose Wave

This may seem daunting, but there is help on hand to switch providers, even if you are stuck with issues regarding your old email address. We will guide you through how to retain your information.

Here at Wave Internet, we side with Ofcom when it comes to email address usage. We strongly believe customers should always have an informed choice.

That is why we never use your email address against you. At no point will you have to pay money to access emails or stay beyond your contract.  We keep everything transparent and we are focused on offers you reliable, local and fast internet. We do not charge extra fees for going over allowances nor do we include unnecessary landline charges.

The great thing is that we offer flexible contracts too. There are a lot of other providers out there that try to tie you down for a long time. We simply do not do this. You can choose a package that suits you best. 

So, do not let broadband companies take advantage of you. Make sure that you research what happens with your email address and look to sign up to a free web-based email service. In addition, contact our team to find out more about Wave Internet. We offer next-general internet technology without any cables. And we offer you all this for an amazing, affordable price. What are you waiting for? Talk with us today.

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