Many people who are moving into a new property rate broadband as the most important utility to get organised, a new survey has found.
According to research by Vodafone, one in five home movers rate broadband as their main priority when they are getting basic utilities sorted, ahead of the likes of gas and water supply.
Figures also showed that the quality of broadband service can have a big influence on where people choose to set up home.
Some 71 per cent of homeowners polled by Vodafone said they would always consider the broadband service in a certain location before purchasing a house there.
Meanwhile, 67 per cent of respondents said they have chosen not to buy a home because the broadband service in the vicinity was inadequate.
Glafkos Persianis, Commercial Director at Vodafone UK, commented: "Today, fast and efficient broadband at home is more of a priority than ever and this is demonstrated by the importance that people put on their internet when they first move into their new homes."
The survey also showed that nearly one in four respondents consider arranging a fast-running and smooth broadband connection more important than organising parking permits or council tax.
Meanwhile, a similar proportion described the loss of broadband as the domestic situation that causes them the most stress, ahead of the likes of the kitchen sink being blocked and their car failing to start.