House hunting is about more than a beautiful facade or a wonderful landscape. Even when looking at practical features, a decent distance from work or a good school district are just scratching the surface. If you're a tech enthusiast or working in a high-tech career where you can't get by with a detached, rural home, there are a few checklist items that many people forget about while excited for the more traditional house hunting deal-breakers.
Here are a few house hunting points for tech households to make sure that you avoid the dreaded month of no internet, along with other similar tragedies of the modern age.
Proximity To Tech
Depending on your connection to technology, you're either looking for storefronts, repair centers, or workshops as a main focus. Having one or more of these features in the area would be great, but you shouldn't skimp out on the most important part.
Do you need components and tools sooner than Amazon can deliver? With the exception of certain goods held under same-day shipping in major cities, many computer components, 3D printing materials, printed circuit board options, and electronic components can be hard to find without waiting a few days. Being near tech hardware stores and big-box electronics stores can make emergency repairs a lot easier.
If you want to be surrounded by like-minded techs who can work on a different project around you or help with your project, you'll likely want to move near a technical college or university with a well-equipped set of tech departments. Taking a class or two at the school can give you an academic workshop near your new home, and it's likely that a few off-campus workshops will be available.
Tech Services And Fairness Through Competition
One first-world nightmare that has emerged in the past few years is moving to a new home and not having internet. There was a stigma around such complaints less than a decade ago, but in an age where you're expected to be connected to work in multiple ways -- or if your work is entirely online -- you may not be able to risk more than a few days beyond your planned off time.
When you look for homes, write down the addresses of the best options and start looking up local Internet Service Providers (ISPs). Each option should have an acceptable speed for your main tasks -- whether it's a required speed for work, streaming on Netflix or similar services, streaming your own live video to the internet, or online gaming.
If you have multiple internet options around your acceptable speeds, you have a better chance at receiving better services. An ISP with a local monopoly has less incentive to rush to repair your issue, especially if the issue is wiring that may require digging underground for repairs.
Contact a real estate agent to find your dream home with all of the connected services and neighborhood features that you need and want.