Househunters are increasingly choosing a new property based on how good the mobile phone signal is in the area, a new study has found.
The research was carried out by analytics firm RootMetrics and involved 2,000 respondents across the UK.
Nearly half (45%) of those aged between 18 and 35 years said that having a good mobile signal was the most important factor when looking for a new property.
Respondents also cited low crime rates (21%), transport facilities (18%) and schools (17%) as important considerations when searching for a new home.
Nearly half of those taking part in the research (49%) said they would reconsider a property if the coverage was poor.
Meanwhile, 51% of those surveyed revealed they were currently having problems with their mobile phone signal at home while 40% said switching networks would be considered if they had a poor signal in their home.
Speaking on the report, David Cox, managing director of the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA), said: 'With so many people reliant on their smart phone devices for work, social media and keeping in contact with friends and family, it is no surprise it is the top factor in young people's wish list.'
He said that checking the mobile signal should become a routine action in every property viewed - a lack of phone signal could cause 'a lot of hassle in the long run' once living there.