Post # 1
Hi ladies. Looking into buying our first home on Long Island! And we have no idea how much to budget for utilities a month 🙁 So help give us an idea! how much do you pay a month for gas, oil, electric, etc? What kind of heat do you have, and how big is your house? Also include any other factors that affect your cost we should be aware of! Thanks 🙂
Post # 2
I live in a small cape now on the island in Nassau and is 5,940 lot sq ft.
electric is a sliding scale because of usage but usually around 140 a month for me I believe. That’s with a dishwasher and an older model dryer which draws a lot of energy. They usually give credit if you don’t use all of your estimated usage. Well atleast PSEG LI decided to continue that program so far. Only a couple of towns have their own electric companies and they pay lower like Rockville center and Freeport.
Oil is also a scale because if you sign up for a plan/contract it could be anywhere from 100/mo to 600 every 3-6 mo. Also depending on how big your tank is and cleaning costs. I have a 200gal tank and just filled up for like $280 at a 1.99-ish a gal which is on the low side right now so u can lock in a low price right now for a contract if you want.
gas is generally lower but if you need to have it installed the upfront costs can be high depending on where the gas line is in relation to your house.
Dont forget all the fed/local tax they tack on unfortunately 😕
The utlities are not going to be a problem-the taxes will kill you if your not used to the tax bracket which is out of control! Paying 10,000 with basic star exemption.
I would choose to install solar if we weren’t moving but we are in the process of selling right now.
Moving all the way out east to the north fork of Suffolk county and hopefully it will be a lot better in terms of taxes.
Good luck with your search!! All in all I love living here-nothing else like it in my opinion but that’s cause I was born and raised here and I compare it to everywhere else I’ve lived lol just do your homework and you’ll be alright 🙂
Post # 3
SabL22: wow! That’s really helpful 🙂 thanks so much!, we expect high taxes and as a teacher I want the best school districts so I know you get what you pay for and am willing to deal. Glad to hear the utilities won’t be so bad. Where are you in nassau if you don’t mind? We’re hoping to look into massapequa!
Post # 4
Star116062: do you know which district your teaching in? That will probably help you determine geographically where you exactly want to be. Massapequa is nice and I’m pretty sure the schools are pretty good. I’m in franklin square. (20 mins from the beach and 15-20 from queens) If I had to pick another Nassau town to live in I would pick port Washington but that’s just me lol if you have kids or planning to have kids I would say probably any district is pretty much good with the exceptions of Hempstead,Uniondale,roosevelt,parts of Baldwin and Freeport.
(Also when looking at south shore towns check the proximity to flood zones. Your home owners will triple if you have to put flood insur in. I know they have just redrawn the flood zone lines. And also just double check to see if the houses had any damage from Sandy, I hear there are so many scammers trying to sell damaged & previously flooded houses for cheap and not disclosing any issues. just fyi incase you didnt know)
Peroanally I think herricks is a great district for STEM and if I had kids and was nearby I would send them there if I could.but again that’s just my opinion 🙂
I hope you find what your looking for,Long Island realestate can be a tough nut to crack lol limited and expensive. 😊
Post # 5
SabL22: wow franklin square is lovely! So is port washington. Herricks has amazing schools! But I think too far for the commute ans I don’t think we can afford it lol.i work in east islip so we would prefer being south but not south of sunrise hwy for sure! And more central long island not too Far East or west. We are def going no where near the water for the reasons you mentioned and also because we are just not into not being close to the Highway. thanks!