Reliable Broadband Becomes Even More Pressing

With remote working becoming an increasingly popular factor in the housing market, we know people are expanding their property search. An area like Petersfield is likely to appeal to more buyers now, as there is a greater sense of freedom.

Of course, just because people have greater freedom to live further from their place of work doesn’t mean they have freedom from work. There is a need to have a suitable home office set-up, and this means broadband dependability is essential.

If you plan on selling your home, you must ensure your broadband is dependable, as it is a vital factor for buyers in the modern era.

Reduce internet speeds cause problems

A study by finds 36% of homes have reported reduced internet speeds. This comes at a time when 74% of households are using the internet more. If this extrapolated across the country, close to 10 million households will have suffered in this manner.

The study indicates more than one in ten respondents’ class their internet connection as “bad”. However, 84% of respondents haven’t yet switched or even considered changing broadband supplier.

80% of people struggling with their broadband say their work is negatively affected by these issues. 23% say they have been unable to work at these times.

Some of the most pressing concerns for users occur when:

  • Multiple users are online at the same time
  • When they have to use video calls
  • When they stream
  • When their service drops out regularly

Holly Niblett is the head of digital at, and she said: “The millions of people who rely on their broadband at home for a wide range of reasons – work, paying bills and keeping in contact with friends and family – know first-hand how frustrating and inconvenient a poor internet connection can be. We know from our own research that the COVID-19 lockdown has seen almost three-quarters (74%) of households increase their internet usage, yet many are stuck on inadequate and expensive packages that don’t meet their requirements.”

While there is frustration at broadband problems, only 16% of internet using households in the UK have switched or are considering switching.

There are many reasons to switch service

Of the people who have switched, the following responses have been found:

  • 48% switched for a faster and more reliable service
  • 44% of these movers have chosen to pay the same or less for a better service
  • 38% of people switching did so to ensure their broadband and TV package come from the same provider

Holly Niblett added: “In shopping around for a better deal, customers have access to a range of fast and affordable broadband packages that can cost less than their existing deal. When comparing broadband packages, customers should be mindful that many providers bundle broadband with TV packages, which can work out cheaper than purchasing the two separately.”



At Williams of Petersfield, we aim to support the Petersfield community as much as we can, and we know this is an extremely trying time. A lot of people are looking for support and guidance, and if you have any property or housing related questions, we are more than happy to assist you, so contact us today.

How People Are Responding To Working From Home

It would be fair to say many people are considering if remote working is the best thing for them, and their employer. There is a range of benefits associated with working from home, and if businesses can save money without compromising on quality, it is likely many firms will change their standard working practices. Continue reading “How People Are Responding To Working From Home”

Remote Working Tips For Your Home

A significant number of people dream about working from home, although it is fair to present circumstances are not how people imagined how it would happen. If you find yourself working from home, the process may be strange and new for you. If you are looking for remote working tips for your home, we are more than happy to help.

You should look to replicate your standard workstation or area as best as you can. This may not be possible or feasible. However, if you can make changes, maintaining consistency at home will help you be productive.

You should get dressed

You don’t need to dress as you would typically for work unless there is a requirement to do so. However, it is beneficial to get out of your pyjamas, get washed and freshen up for the day. You might think working from home in your most comfortable clothes all day is “living the dream”, but this is a bad idea.

It may hamper your productivity, and it will make it harder to fall asleep at night. Getting dressed and ready for work will help you enter a more productive mind frame.

Create a space that is specific for work

Depending on how much spare room or space you have at home, this may be easier said than done. However, by creating an area for work, you will differentiate between home-life and work-life much more easily.

If you have a busy home, setting up an area where you can work, and not be disturbed, is of benefit. You may find that children and pets don’t necessarily respect these boundaries, but adults and older children will hopefully provide you with peace to work when you are in this area.

Having a specified workspace is also helpful in switching off at the end of the day. When you step out of the work zone, you can relax and focus on other matters.

Do you have the equipment you need to work?

While each person is different, if you have a desk-based job, there will be some equipment you need alongside your laptop, PC or tablet. Therefore, you will probably require:

  • A comfortable chair
  • A desk with enough space for your needs and which is at a suitable height to work
  • A broadband connection which allows you to work and communicate
  • Software to communicate with clients and colleagues

Some people find noise-cancelling headphones to be helpful, but this may depend on your home, your budget, and what work you are carrying out.

Make sure you take breaks

It is helpful to take breaks from work. If you want to catch up with colleagues, arrange a time where you can have a coffee and catch up. If you want to take a break with people inside your home, schedule it, as this will give you something to look forward to.

We appreciate this is a challenging time, but at Williams of Petersfield, we are here to assist you as best we can. If you are looking for any guidance or advice from a local agent, please get in touch with us today.