Posted 7.22.13 @ 9:45
When blogs online talk about the most coveted features buyers want in their homes and sellers need to provide they might veer off into the obvious: fabulous vanities and decks with built-in furniture... but what if I told you signal strength, not backsplashes, sell homes? It's true! So many people pull out their mobiles and walk around a home during an open house just to see what kind of signal strength they can expect to get if they buy this house. Here we'll talk about what can affect signal strength and what you can do about it.
One Thing Leads to Another
If your home was built before 1960 there's a high chance that you have lead paint somewhere in your home. Lead paint was banned in Canada in the 70s but its durability has stood the test of time; if you're walking around your home and notice dead zones, it might be lead paint.
You can remove lead paint on your own, but lead paint removal really shouldn't be one of those DIY projects you do over the weekend. You're going to want to find a professional that's certified in lead paint removal; during removal lead dust and vapours can be released into the air, posing a serious health hazard.
Heavy Metal, Low Signals
Metal in older homes like pipes, bolts, bars and more can kill a cellular signal, not to mention Wi-Fi signals throughout the home. Unlike lead paint, short of destroying the home and building it from the ground up is the only way to completely rid yourself of this issue.
But there is another solution: signal strength boosters. You can either buy one or more and place them throughout the home or you can suggest that the new buyers buy them.
If you have a newer home and you're still having signal problems, you might want to start looking at what devices you have running instead.
So Many Signals but Your Phone Never Syncs
There are so many devices that have to share the same bands that it can be maddening. Everything from your microwave, your wireless router, your Bluetooth devices and even cordless phones and baby monitors can interfere with your signal strength.
If you can't figure out why you have a bad wireless signal in your house and you can get one in the yard, it's time to start disconnecting your devices. If you don't see any improvement, you might want to look into signal strength boosters to see if that will make the difference.
It's All About Location
One of the worst things can happen is that you're just located in an area with bad wireless reception. Maybe you're too far from the tower, maybe everyone in your neighbourhood is obsessed with satellite TV and has a dish pointed RIGHT in your direction. Sometimes these sorts of things are just beyond your control and you have to find just the right angle to present your home in a positive light regardless of your signal strength.
But how do you do that?
You work with us!
We know what buyers are looking for and we can help you puzzle out how to make your 20th century classic into a 21st century hot potato. Give us a call today and see what we can do for you.