Selling your property can be a big step and you’ll want to know that you’re getting the best possible price for your home. Traditionally, people turned to sprucing up their gardens and making general repairs to get their homes in tip-top shape for potential buyers. Sometimes homeowners will even go as far as replacing the kitchen or bathroom or adding a loft conversion to maximise the return on their sale.
But does having a full-fibre broadband connection increase your property’s value?
In short, yes!
The years of the Covid-19 pandemic have left many people certain that a fast, reliable internet connection is a necessity in today’s modern lifestyle. The need for ever-faster broadband has increased the demand for properties with a full-fibre broadband connection and hence, driven up house prices. An independent review of the UK government’s Superfast Broadband Programme reported that house values within the programme areas increased by up to £3,500, between 2012 and 2019, as a result of the superfast broadband roll-out.
Full fibre broadband is also known as FTTP (“Fibre to the Property”) or FTTH (“Fibre to the Home”). It’s a superfast, stable internet connection that runs over fibre optic cables rather than the UK’s copper phone network. For that reason, full fibre broadband may also be referred to as ultrafast or superfast broadband.
As the data is transmitted over fibre optic cables, the signal is less likely to deteriorate as it travels the distance from the internet exchange to your home. The result is broadband speeds up to a full gigabit, as well as fewer dropouts and service interruptions.
Rather than an electrical signal sent along copper wires, full fibre utilises light signals. Fibre optic cables are made with a central glass core and so not only are the light signals fast, but they’re also not subject to latency or deterioration in the quality of the signal.
In a full fibre network, the fibre optic cables run directly from the internet exchange to your home. By contrast, standard broadband is a partial fibre network (AKA FTTC or “Fibre to the Cabinet”), where fibre optic cables run from the internet exchange to the phone cabinet, but then the signal travels the rest of the distance to your house via the existing copper phone lines.
If you’re neither processing complex calculations on a regular basis nor a hardcore gamer, then you may be wondering how critical full fibre broadband is in your home.
In the 21st century, an ultrafast internet connection is not only important to homebuyers, but it’s considered an essential service. In fact, a survey conducted by Huawei in 2021 ranked a high-speed internet connection as the second most important factor for UK house buyers. Broadband speed was deemed more important than the number of bedrooms in a property and was second only to the overall size of the property.
In post-Covid society, many of us continue to work from home and increasingly, many aspects of our daily lives are all managed online, including accessing online lessons, attending video call health appointments, utilising cloud-based applications, and even streaming movies. With connectivity playing an ever-increasingly important role in our lives, it’s only natural that many homebuyers will be seeking the best possible broadband connection in their new homes, both now and in the future.
In the past few years, we’ve seen just how vital a dependable internet connection is. Full fibre broadband is the most reliable internet connection available in the UK today, which means that video conferences can run without an embarrassing and time-consuming service disconnection, and movies will not be subject to frustrating buffering interruptions
Beyond the improved reliability, full fibre delivers speed. Higher-speed internet connections mean that you can support more devices on a single connection, which is ideal for large families, student halls or build-to-rent connection. FTTP enables you to enjoy a better quality of video and audio streaming, faster upload and download speeds when you’re working with large files, and seamless video calls.
In short, having full fibre will future-proof your home, whether you’re selling today or a few years down the line.
Glide’s full fibre infrastructure aims to create a better-connected world, which makes work and home life easier and more enjoyable. Get in touch today to discuss your connectivity needs and find out how Glide’s fibre broadband solutions can help you.