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After several years of diligently saving money, I’m nearly ready to purchase my first home. Because I’ve been thinking about buying a home for so long, I know exactly what I want my house to look like. I desire a place that has three bedrooms and three bathrooms. I also need a quiet space to set up my home office in. I want a massive, walk-in closet in my master bedroom. My master bathroom needs to have double vanities, a tiled, walk-in shower, and a Jacuzzi tub. On this blog, I hope you will discover how to set priorities during your new home search. Enjoy!


A New Home Search

Tracking Down Amenities For High-Tech Home Buyers

Elli Jokela

Not all home choices are about the number of rooms or the backyard size. Many people are more concerned about the local schools, the distance from work, the nightlife, or the many other services and features available to certain areas. For households that love the latest in technology from fast computers and 3D printers to faster internet and Amazon delivery options, some deeper research is needed. As you look for a new home, consider these amenities and their local specifics to avoid being stuck with crappy internet or being too far from the nearest tech hobby shop.

Internet Service Choices For New Moves

Internet speed is a vital part of the modern American work and personal experience. It's not required--as many technophobes will constantly nag at you--but in order to have the sum all shared human knowledge at your fingertips (with some cute cat pictures, political banter, and weird YouTube videos), you need decent internet.

The problem is that "decent" internet is a marketing issue that can be hidden until you commit to a service plan. Unfortunately, areas with only one Internet Service Provider (ISP) are at the mercy of slow speed and slower customer service in some cases. You can complain for a refund, but if you need internet, you're not likely to win any legal battles to demand better service without your ISP committing some serious crimes. 

Poor performance, unfortunately, isn't a crime as long as the ISP offers a refund.

For the best chances are reliable internet, make sure your neighborhood options have multiple internet service options for cable, fiber optic, and even DSL connections. These three technologies carry at least the average internet speeds available in the US, save for a few DSL providers that haven't upgraded to newer tiers of their service.

When one company fails to provide quality internet, you can either threaten to leave for another company or actually leave. If there's only one ISP in the area, they will know about their market dominance and may not be as eager to keep you onboard through discounts and timely repairs.

Finding Local Tech Hubs And Stores

Radio Shack may not be at the top of your tech list for a lot of reasons, and Best Buy doesn't have enough variety for people who are beyond the basic user level for computers and consumer electronics. Instead, look for the more niche shops and work centers that are centered on general technology use for the public.

Technical colleges or universities with robust Information Technology/Computer Science/Engineering programs are great ways to get access to 3D printers and digital design. Especially with technical college, you can gain access through either open house events or just taking a single class to keep yourself relevant.

Community centers--sometimes in conjunction with schools--may provide 3D printing and computer use opportunities such as public computer labs. These have become somewhat less important to local governments with computers becoming cheaper and mobile devices getting better, but they're still around.

If you want to buy a home that thrives on the local area's technical prowess, find a place with tech conventions or eSports events. These events were once limited to major cities, but smaller city centers are getting more localized conventions and events as the urban sprawl reaches suburbs and nearby towns.

Whether you want to get your tech fix through buying new gear, competing in tournaments, or a bit of both, contact a real estate agent to find homes in the perfect area.