Does your career run on internet access and collaboration? Do you need to be in an area that has decent tech repair options, local electronics, and parts to work on projects without waiting for a package to arrive? Many of these issues are all about location in the same way that house hunters would choose a place in a good school district or close to work. Here are a few points to keep in mind as you look for the home features and amenities to support a tech-powered work and lifestyle.
Stay Connected In The Right Neighborhood
Internet service depends on two major types of technology: wired communications and wireless communications. You're either going to connect to the internet with a hard-wired wire or cable system, or wireless internet from a satellite antenna or cellular antenna system.
For most business and high-accuracy tasks, stick to wired communications. Although there are many tasks that can be completed on a cellular or satellite connection with ease, certain tasks such as high quality video conferencing or fast delivery of large, important files are best done on a wired connection.
Wired internet infrastructure is a physical location issue, as specific companies need to dig trenches and manage utility poles to get internet service to you. Before choosing any home, be sure to research the address--down to the house number and even the apartment number/letter if applicable--to figure out what services are available.
This is best done by asking a real estate agent and/or local potential neighbors about local internet service, as well as calling specific internet service providers (ISPs) to figure out if their service is available at that address. It's best to have multiple services in one area, just to make sure you have options in case a company is unable to deliver quality internet.
Wireless internet for people who don't mind a few interruptions in exchange for convenience is still an issue that needs to be mapped out. Websites such as OpenSignal can show available cellular networks for smartphone and general mobile data to make sure you're in an area with decent reception.
Tracking Down Tech Hubs
Short of moving to specific cities with tech reputations, you will need to look for certain features to have the best chance at having decent tech repair, design, and hobby options.
The first step is looking for popular electronics stores, but don't stop at national brands. Look for any local computer repair shops, parts stores, and local meetups dedicated to tech. If you can find a semi-active community center or tech hobby group, you'll have a better chance at finding a population that can help with your tech needs.
Along the lines of tech reputation, figure out if any tech schools are in the area. You don't need to bind your choices to major technical colleges; 2-year technical colleges and certification centers may also have a higher number of tech-savvy residents.
Contact a real estate agent, such as at Crown Realty, to discuss your tech needs and to find an area that can deliver multiple tech options.Share