Post # 1
Hi ladies 🙂
Exciting stuff happening… Darling Husband and I are considering going the apartment route and are looking into some now. We currently live in my parent’s in-law apartment in their house and are coming up on our one-year anniversary and really need to get out on our own. We aren’t ready to purchase a house in any way, shape, or form so we’re thinking apartments. I’ve requested some information from some, and the naive person that I am, never having been out on my own, thought that utilities were included in the rent for these luxury apartments.
Not so. So, renting bees, I was wondering if you could give me an estimate/idea on what your utility bills (water, electric, etc) cost for 2 people a month. We’re looking at 2 bedroom / 2 baths if that matters 🙂
Post # 3
You can’t really compare the cost of utilities in different parts of the country. Ask the landlords for that information or phone the electric, gas companies etc and ask what the average monthly costs are for a particular address.
Post # 4
Agreed with Julies, ask the landlord or call the utility company and ask for the past history of any apartment you look in to.
But, in Chicago, I pay only my electric, which ranges from 20-50 a month depending on if we use the air conditioner. Here, most trash/water is taken care of. The only two utilities that are commonly paid by the tennant are gas and electric, and even then, I’ve never had to pay my gas bill. Oh, and cable and internet, which varies greatly by your location.
Post # 5
It’s going to vary widely depending on what utilities cost in your area. Here the electricity in the next county over is a lot cheaper than where I live. It’s also going to depend on if the stove, dryer, and water heater are electric or gas. I seem to remember my gas bill at my 1 bed/1 bath apartment being a lot cheaper than my electric bill. At my tiny apartment, I think I paid around $35 a month for gas, but over $100 for electric (this was Vegas, and I kept the thermostat at 78 during the summer to save money). Water was included in my rent, but Darling Husband had to pay for his own water at his apartment in Florida.
I think you can usually get estimates on utility costs from the management offices at the apartment complexes you’re considering.
Post # 6
Hi fellow Bostonian! Water is (almost) always covered for apts, but you may have to pay for the cost associated with heating it if its heated using electric. Many places cover hot water as well. Many places cover heat also, once again usually unless its electric cause I dont think theres an easy way to figure out who used what if its on oil heat. Unfortunately the only piece of data I have electric bill of about $100 for an apt that had heat an hot water included in the rent. I’d probably seek out heat/hot water included apts if at all possible.
Post # 7
@MrsMaine: I’m really happy for you! That’s such a great step and I think you two will be really happy. I lived alone in an apartment for 7 years so I can’t speak for two people, but in my most recent experience (last year before I got married), I had to pay a separate gas and electric bill. The gas was always more expensive in the winter since it was used for heating (maybe $80ish a month?) but cheap in the warmer months (like less than $30). It seems like my electric bills were also higher in the winter (probably $90-100?) and cheap in the summer ($20ish). Like anything, it’ll depend on how much you use and what your local companies charge, but you can probably estimate for less than $200 a month for all utilities based on my 7 years of solo apartment living (and 10 years total if you include the post-college years with roomies). I lived in apartments in both Seattle, WA and Nashville, TN and found my utility bills to be similar in price.
Post # 8
Thank all you girls for your responses! They have all been really helpful 🙂 This is the response I got from the leasing manager:
All utilities are billed to you directly and are based on your personal usage, with the exception of Pest Control & Trash, which is paid for by the community.
I’m assuming that means that water is not included, but I will have to get more information from him. I was really surprised that it is (assumingly) NOT included. And, everything is electric – not gas.
Thanks again ladies!
Post # 9
We pay $109 a month for electric in a 1 bed 625sq ft condo with electric heat. It actually costs us more to cool it in the summer than to heat it in the winter because its always boiling in our house.
Post # 10
@MrsMaine: ohh exciting times!! good luck on the apartment hunt.
When we were in an apartment our complex tried to rip us on water. They would calculate our water usage not by the actual usage but they would take the entire complex total and would bill you based on the number of bedrooms/bathrooms you had, regardless of how much you actually used. A $50 water bill was not uncommon – for 2 bedrooms. I would check with the complex on how they bill you for water or if it is billed directly from the water company.
Post # 11
It seems like it’s not going to be an exorbitant amount of $ for utilities, so that’s good. We’ll be a little tight on cash after rent! Thanks Boston area! Ugh!
The one we are looking at is 1174 sq. ft.
Post # 12
Usually 80 something for the power, water is included in our rent so not sure on that. Our apartment is one bedroom but spacious. Long hallway, big bathroom. Washer & dryer, ect.
We live in VA where its hot in the summer & cold in the winter, if that makes a difference. lol
Post # 13
We rent a 2 bed/2 bath 1000 sq. ft condo in Upstate, NY. Our utilities run us….
Electric: Approximately $135 in the Spring/Fall when we’re not really using the central air or heat and it jumps up to about $175 during the summer/winter when we are. We could probably budget better and be more strict when it comes to our useage but we like to be comfortable and if that means pumping the heat in the winter and the air in the summer then so be it.
Water/Sewer/Garbage: $50 p/month. It really annoys me that we have to pay for this since we live in a condo community and already pay an astronomical amount of rent but it is what it is.
We’re thoroughly looking forward to moving out next year!
Post # 14
You can probably call the utility companies and get an average for the last year on the apartment you’re looking at. You can here anyways, not sure if it is the same everywhere!
Post # 15
we have 2 bed, 1 bath. We pay about $85/mo for power in the winter, $150 in the summer, but we don’t skimp on AC.
$20 or so for cooking gas.
Heat/water is included in rent as it is for most apartments in NYC.
Post # 16
We have a two bedroom one and a half bath townhome outside of Boston in Waltham. We pay $32 monthly for water (but billed quarterly) $65 for gas with a gas fireplace and stove and anywhere from $115 to $165 for electric with central air. Good luck with apartment searching!