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07-11-2008 05:30 AM  9 years agoPost 1
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rrApprentice

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I have been saving toward a house for a while, and decided it was time to put together a budget to see if I can really afford a house. I have one problem though Realestate agents list the taxes on property but not the utilities. Have called a few to ask them directly and they didnt know. (Dosent make sence they are selling the house after all and it is they job to find this info out for buyers, I would think)
so any way, I live in Western Wisconsin; so if any one from this area can help me out I would like to know how much a house of around 1500-2000 sqft would cots for utilities( electric, propane, air-conditioning, and heating) year around or monthly.

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07-11-2008 05:34 AM  9 years agoPost 2
Stet

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of course it depends a lot of whether it is a newer house. In AZ, a house built in 1980 can cost $300 a month to cool, but a house built in 2000 might be only $100

Newer construction is totally worth it.

keepin' it real

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07-11-2008 06:52 AM  9 years agoPost 3
Rob_T

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If you were to guess $300 per month for gas/electric/water/garbage you'd be in the right ballpark. Probably a little less if it's just you and a S.O. and if you have reasonable efficient appliances - probably a little more if you have kids who leave everything turned on and all the windows open so you try to air condition the entire planet.

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07-11-2008 06:55 PM  9 years agoPost 4
Inspector Fuzz

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The realtor representing the seller ought to be able to call them and get a couple of months history of utility bills.
This is one of the questions I ask clients I represent.

Last month I spent $480 on electricy for about 3800 sq. feet that I keep continuously cool. Some of the cost of that also runs the well pumps that keep the big lawn green.

Trash bill is dirt cheap at $20 a month. However, I am not actually in the city, but I use their electricty.

Austin Texas has extremely high utility rates because the liberal scumbags that run the city will only buy power from electricy plants that are run on natural gas. They would never allow me to have the amount of water that I put on my lawn each month, even if I paid for it.

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07-11-2008 07:34 PM  9 years agoPost 5
RappyTappy

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In Las Vegas here, utilities for my families house which is 3500 sq ft with 12000 sq ft of land was $700 a month on average, house is worth a mil. The water bill was killer, pool killed electric bill, air conditioning was monstrous especially when it was 120 degrees here everday. I think one month it hit $900.

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07-11-2008 08:55 PM  9 years agoPost 6
Stet

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In my energy efficient two story condo 1800 square feet, my elec bill is $60 per month. Gas is $20 per month. I keep the AC at 81F but only when I am there in the evening

I lived in the AZ desert for 10 years, never again.

keepin' it real

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07-11-2008 10:06 PM  9 years agoPost 7
DSW

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You should be able to contact the utilities for the area your looking and they can give you some estimated costs.

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07-11-2008 10:35 PM  9 years agoPost 8
whirlyspud

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Being in Wisconsin, I would think the heating bill is the one you really need to look at.

Mike

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07-12-2008 01:52 AM  9 years agoPost 9
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rrApprentice

Western Wisconsin- USA

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yea, heating is a big part in the winter, but in the summer it still can get 90+ deg with high dewpoints, and I dont like to sweat so the ac will be running. I would rather be shivering than sweating.

thanks for some of the estimates.
now if I can justify spending my down payment $$$ toward a house rather than just buying more heli's thats another story.

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07-12-2008 07:09 AM  9 years agoPost 10
Rob_T

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Hurry up and buy the heli's now, because once you have the house you wont be able to afford them

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07-12-2008 07:38 AM  9 years agoPost 11
Inspector Fuzz

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NLA

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Don't foget to factor in maintenance costs into the costs on your house.
They can run anywhere from 1-3% of the cost of the house EACH year depending on if you do the work yourself or not. HVAC, plumbing, electrical, foundation, painting, rotting wood facia boards, sprinkler systems, etc.

I always advise people to buy the smallest house they can stand.
A house is only an a$$et when it is sold for a profit. When you own it, as your dwelling, it is a liability. It costs money to keep.

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07-12-2008 02:46 PM  9 years agoPost 12
Johnboyrc

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Is the furnace gas, oil, or wood? Is the house new or old, -how good is it insulated. Does it have a basement or is it a slab home. Is the house in the city or in the country. So many factors influence costs.
I bought my house (built in 69) at the end of January, and my first bill was for heating oil, $600. That's pretty much gone now, original furnace works, just not real efficient. Windows are in the same condition. The basement is great though, just need a dehumidifier and it stays around 70. Cuts down on the AC running, -running up the electric bill that is... Electric water heater on load control cuts down on the electricity, got it through the power company, real efficient model.
Living in the country, I don't have a city utility bill, or sewer or water bill to worry about. Although I do have minor maintainence now and then, but the septic system was replaced before I closed on my place and the well is in good condition.

Look at a few houses, and see if you can find out what the owners are paying for their utilities, if the real estate agent doesn't want to help you out, they aren't doing their job -find a different agent (it's well worth it to do it right). A bank's loan broker could give you a good idea about what to expect as well.

I went through WHEDA for a home loan, being in western WI, you should check them out.

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07-14-2008 01:50 PM  9 years agoPost 13
Pistol Pete

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Seffner, FL

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do a search using "utility bill estimator" and plug in values to give you an idea...

this one below is based on less than 7cents per kilowatts

http://www.ci.loveland.co.us/wp/pow...ll/estimate.htm

my area is close to 9 cents.

~~Enjoying the hobby one flight at a time~~

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