While home builders may be devoting more time to ensuring their developments have strong internet connectivity, they also need to make sure that new properties will have strong wireless connections, after new research revealed more than half the people in the UK would be put off buying a home if it had Wi-Fi blackspots.
This is the finding of a study by BT, which found 52 per cent of respondents said they would think twice about living in a home with poor connectivity.
Some 56 per cent added they expect to be able to get online from anywhere in their property. However, the survey suggested this is not the case at the moment, with the average British home containing two rooms that suffer from poor Wi-Fi.
This is said to be having a negative effect on people's lives, with more than four out of ten respondents (43 per cent) saying poor Wi-Fi connectivity restricts their life at home, making it difficult to make full use of all their space.
Indeed, when asked what they would do if they could guarantee strong connectivity in all areas of their home, 28 per cent of respondents stated they would create a study for their kids, while more than a fifth would create a games room (21 per cent) and a similar number (20 per cent) envisioned a home gym.
Architectural designer and TV presenter Charlie Luxton commented: "Good Wi-Fi coverage at home is now taken for granted. We don't even realise how much we use it until we go somewhere it isn't as available. When I think about the spaces people will live in, a strong reliable internet connection that can reach every inch of the home is now a pivotal aspect of my designs."
The study was commissioned to mark the launch of BT's new Complete Wi-Fi offer, and Pete Oliver, managing director of marketing at the firm's Consumer business, added: "These findings show us how much potential there is for families to get more out of their homes, and the central role that technology and good Wi-Fi play in our lives."