Could 'subject to internet speed test' become a thing?
Updated: Mar 27
Imagine this: You've just found the house of your dreams and you're about to put in an offer to purchase it. Even before you've put pen to paper, you start to imagine life in your new digs.
Move in day comes around and it's not until the end of the day that you get to put your feet up and open your laptop to check your emails. You notice the emails taking a little longer to load than usual, but you're too tired to care. Then you hear a call from the other side of the house...."Dad, what's wrong with the internet?"
In all the excitement of finally finding your dream home and making the decision to move to a new area out of town, you forgot to check what the internet connection was like.
By law, vendors must disclose certain information about a property that might affect someones decision to put in an offer and ultimately purchase the property. For instance, is it connected to mains water? Does it have gas connection? Was a serious crime committed there? And a potential buyer must be given the opportunity to complete building inspections to check for evidence of structural damage, or termite and pest infestations.
So why, in this highly connected age that we live in, where high-speed internet is a necessity for everyday life, is there no obligation to disclose the internet connection at an address? At best, an agent could take a guess, or ask the current owner to disclose that information, but there is absolutely nothing to compel the accurate disclosure of any such information.
Buying a house without adequate internet today is much the same as buying a house without electricity or running water – most people would steer clear.
In fact, studies show that a home with high-speed internet is likely to fetch for a higher price than a comparable home without.
The good news is there are a few things buyers can do to protect themselves from getting stuck with painfully slow internet.
Firstly, they can ask the sellers to provide evidence of an internet speed test, as well as the type of internet connection at the property. An internet speed test is an online tool which demonstrates the speed of internet at a certain location. Speed tests are widely used to diagnose slow internet, and speeds can vary greatly depending on whether the internet is being received by cable infrastructure such as ADSL or fibre NBN, wirelessly, or by satellite, which is common in many rural settings.
Secondly, even if you do find that your new potential dream home is not as connected as you'd like it to be, you need not despair, because emerging technologies, like those used by iLogic4G+ are helping homeowners to achieve high-speed internet on their properties, without hassle.
iLogic4G+ will complete a thorough onsite assessment of your property, identifying your current situation and assessing your eligibility to receive high-speed internet with an iLogic4G+ system installed.
Our system works by routing your internet signal via the 4G network, even if the closest tower is more than a few kilometres away and even if the 4G signal at your address is weak and not reliable. Our purpose built antennas are powerful enough to attract and amplify even the weakest signals and turning them into high-performance internet speeds.
So, don't risk getting stuck with painfully slow internet. Get informed about what you're purchasing and if it's not what you expected, then get informed about your choices.