One Thing You May be Overlooking in Your Home Presentations!

By Ryan West, First Texan Realty

Smartphones have become a standard tool for a majority of people. When presenting a home to a potential customer, we must now consider an extra home presentation factor: signal strength.

Lead Paint

According to the EPA, “most homes built before 1960 contain heavily leaded paint”. While lead paint was banned in 1977, home owners are encouraged to not remove any lead paint that is in good condition. Lead paint is known to cause electromagnetic interference that will affect signal strength. Walk through different rooms and see if you experience any dramatic loss of signal. If you suspect lead paint may be causing an issue, I suggest hiring a professional to remove it.

Construction Materials

If you notice a decrease in cellular signal strength when you enter a home, the materials used in the construction of the home may be the culprits. Older homes tend to have more of an issue with affecting cellular signals. Metal bolts, pipes, tools, and bars can contribute to a loss in cellular signal. While there is not much we can do when presenting a home with this issue, consider either purchasing a signal strength booster or suggesting such a device if the customer addresses the issue.

Other Devices

If you are staging a home and have included: microwaves, cordless phones, baby monitors, bluetooth devices, etc., be aware that these devices can affect signal strength and could possibly deter a customer. Many of these devices operate on a similar wave frequency. Having a large number will interfere with signal strength and Wi-Fi networks.

These are just a few items that may interfere with signal strength. With the popularity and access to smart phones, you may want to consider the signal strength more when presenting a home.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Ryan West writes about real estate and modern home presentation on behalf of First Texan Realty.

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  1. Besides affecting signal strength, exposure to Lead paints can cause health problems and that’s one major reason for the ban on lead based paints years ago.

  2. Hi Ryan,

    Not only can Lead paint cause Kidney problems but is the responsible point of many neurological problems if openly exposed to it on a regular basis. I’m not quite sure how such a vast number of the older generation lived with it for so long, oh and signal is mainly affected by hot pipes. good post

  3. Ryan – I didn’t realize that in addition to the obvious health hazards that leaded paint causes, that it created issues with signal strength. We occasionally stage some older homes in the Toronto area. Is there an easy way to determine whether the paint that was used is leaded?

  4. Anne – According to the EPA, if the home was built before 1978, there is a good chance that has had some lead based paint at some time. As far as checking the home, there are some do-it-yourself kits that you can purchase DIY Kits. The validity of these DIY kits can be called into question. For the most accurate test, I would say hire a professional in your area.

  5. Thanks Ryan. I agree that the best way to go is to consult a local professional.

  6. Many times have i been in a embarrassing situation due to lack of signal. further more the worst was when i got locked out during a viewing, some good tips here.

  7. Good post, since more people are tech smart nowadays.

  8. We can add more to the items here especially smart techs.