OMG Why Didn’t I Think of That When I Was Buying My House? (Read Time 1:05)

We are surrounded by technology that can help us when we are buying a house, but sometimes we get so caught up in the exercise that we don’t think of using it. We fall back on what we are used to, or go with the flow of visiting real estate agents, or using the newspaper for open homes.

I was having a conversation with someone today about how sometimes there is a disconnect between services and applications we know exist, but we don’t think of them outside of the context of our normal daily lives.

For example, have you ever walked past someone in the supermarket, carry on and do your groceries and then realize it is someone you know through business, but you never see them outside of that relationship. Then you feel bad for not saying hello, or for nodding as if you think you might know them. They probably had the same experience.

Habour BridgeIn my new eBook Buying a House – Using Apps, Maps and Location Based Services, you will find many applications like that. For example you probably know there are web sites where you can go and check real time traffic. You probably didn’t know that there are sites where you can enter a day of the week and time of day and it will tell you that commute time. Either way, you probably wouldn’t have thought of checking how long it would take to get to work, when you were viewing open homes on a nice Sunday afternoon.

What about things like Internet access or cellphone coverage. I know a number of people who bought homes and just assumed their mobiles would work fine and that they would get fast Internet access. I once bought a home, in a hollow in an urban suburb, saw the tenants watching TV and thought nothing more of it. When we moved in, we found that unless we put up a 10 meter high aerial, or subscribed to satellite TV, we could only get one channel.

All of these things can be checked using web applications for coverage charts, but you don’t think of it at the time. What applications or sites do you use when you are looking at buying a house?

About Luigi Cappel

Writer for hire, marketing consultant specialising in Location Based Services. Futurist and Public Speaker Auckland, New Zealand
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12 Responses to OMG Why Didn’t I Think of That When I Was Buying My House? (Read Time 1:05)

  1. amidiabetic says:

    There are lots of things to look at that we do not realise until it’s too late.


  2. Lots of information about home buying on the web, good way to find a good buy.


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  4. I had an issue with my cell phone not working right in my house. Apparently there were no cell phone towers anywhere near my house was. It was awful. Thankfully I sold that house. So that is definitely something to think about if you want to always be connected.


    • Luigi Cappel says:

      I read some interesting comments from people in Albuquerque, where people had similar experiences. These are 21st century things we expect and take for granted, especially if something happens that takes out your landline. Examples are weather conditions and power outages. When the Christchurch earthquake happened and people lost electricity, many people with old school POTS phones could still make phone calls, but anyone with a wireless system was out of luck.


  5. Technology runs our lives today. I must check; High Speed Internet, Cable and Cell Service.


  6. We live in a rural area, so did think to check things like cellphone coverage (still not great but there are a few places we get full coverage) and internet speed, but never thought about water pressure….. the first few weeks were awful with a low pressure water cylinder, that was the top of the list to be rectified.


    • Luigi Cappel says:

      Ah yes, the water pressure. I forgot that one. It came up in a conversation with someone over the weekend. We were lucky with that one in our latest house, but I don’t recall checking it. If you do change to mains pressure, you’re likely to spring a few leaks and be up for extra cost adjusting fittings around and under the house as well.


  7. michaelqtodd says:

    OMG Why Didn’t I Think of That When I Was Buying My House?


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  9. I guess hindsight is 20/20 gonna have to remember this thanks!


  10. Hi there, I enjoy reading through your article. I like to write a little comment to support you.


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