Home Buying for the 21st Century

Posted by Dan Wolf on Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 8:48am.

When home buying, you're most concerned about location, price, and floor plan. However, because you live in the 21st century, you also want a place that can handle the modern technology that you depend on every day. Here are some things to think about when searching for such a home.

•    Is anybody out there? Even if you decide to go retro with a land line, you probably rely on your smartphone to keep in touch with the outside world. So make sure your home has adequate cellphone reception. As soon as you step on the grounds, call up a friend so you can gauge the signal. Do the same things in each of the different rooms. After all, you don't want to step outside your house every time you want to make a smartphone call.

•    Green means nature and money. Green technology not only protects the environment but also saves you money. What kinds of lighting does your home have? Compact fluourescents or LEDs will reduce your electric bill. Incandescents and halogens will keep it high and generate heat. Bulbs may be a small thing but replacing dozens of old-tech lights can cost hundreds of dollars. See if the seller can replace the lights before you move in. Find out too if the bathrooms use low-flow shower heads, faucets, and toilets that minimize water use.

•    Stay plugged in. Be sure that the rooms in which you want to set up your electronics have enough outlets to accommodate your devices, whether they be a sophisticated audio/video system or a computer with several peripherals. While you can easily use a power strip to make up for lack of outlets, wiring the home for more power capacity can cost a pretty penny. This could be a point of negotiation, especially if you work at home.

For more information on finding a home that meets your needs, please contact us 248-9653 or visit us at www.anchoragehomesearch.com.

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