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Candice4450@…, Home Buyer in 22306

What might a typical electric bill be for a 1400 sq ft home in northern virginia?

Asked by, 22306 Tue Feb 7, 2012

We are trying to purchase a home, but keep hearing horror stories for people who have made the transition from an apartment to home and are not used to paying more for their utilities. We want to know a rough estimate of monthly costs so that we can wiegh our options of moving vs staying in the apartment.

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what is the average electric bill in Stafford Va for a 4 BR house?
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Two people: $70
3-4 people: $100-$120
Five plus: $120-$150

Dwayne & Maryanne Moyers
Managing Broker & Realtor
Avery-Hess Realtors (Lake Ridge Office)
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One thing to consider is if your home is in the Dominion Virginia Power or the NOVEC service areas. NOVEC services southwestern Fairfax County and most of Prince William County. NOVEC has lower rates.

Another thing to consider is what type of home you are considering. In general, depending on equivalent size, windows and insulation, the type of homes that have the lowest utility bills are, from lowest to highest, apartment-style condos, interior town houses, end town houses, and single family detached homes.

I live in a 3-level interior town house in the Dominion Power service area that is all-electric. I'm careful about turning out lights when not using them, only wash full loads, heat to 69 degrees and cool to 75 degrees. My electric bills average about $110.00 per month. My home is pretty modern ( built 1987 ), with a well-insulated attic and double-glazed windows, and is about 1,450 finished square feet.

Hope this helps. You've got a lot of good advice from other responders.
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Depending on usage and if you have gas heat or not, I would say between 75-150. It will definitely be higher in the summer months with the A/C on constantly.
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Candice, what I recommend to the buyers I work with is to have their real estate agent help them with this. If you have a found a house that you really like have your agent request a utility bill annual summary that will tell you what they are spending on gas, electricity, water, waste service and even lawn care. Be sure to find out how many adults and children are living there as well since that will make a big difference.

Another thing to keep in mind is your actual budget. What are you spending now for your total housing expenses including rent and utilities? How much more can you comfortably afford above that without struggling? How much money do you have for a down payment?

Those are just some of the many items I uncover when Pre-Approving a client and determining a more realistic price range. Here are some more details on how that works:…

If you would like more information on getting Pre-Approved, please contact me at your convenience. Thank you and best of luck!

Elliott R. Oliva
Mortgage Banker
Primary Residential Mortgage
202-681-1636 direct
"Se habla Espanol"
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There is no easy answer to this question. There are so many factors to consider.
-is the heat electric or gas
-if electric is it forced air or a heat pump
-have windows been replaced so you don't let hot air out
-how is the insulation
-how many people will be living in the home
-is anyone staying at home during the day as this will run more power
-is the home surrounded by a lot of trees to keep the A/C bill down

If the home you are considering is still occupied or was owner occupied recently you can often get the utility bills from the owner for the last year. Of course if you are looking at foreclosure that info will not be available. Dominion Power will not for privacy reason provide that info to a prospective buyer so don't even bother trying to call them for info.

Are you working with a buyer agent to help you find a place. A good buyer's agent may be able to get at least some info for you from the listing agent. You will have to check each home out though on it's own.

Let me know if I can help.

Kathy Stark
Weichert, Realtors
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Hi, Candice! It really depends on your you keep your a/c set at Deep Freeze and your heat set at Broil? Another factor is is the house totally electric or do you also use gas heat or hot water? Dominion Power does 'the budget plan' where your costs are averaged every six months so you have a regular payment. You can also request the current homeowners' current bills, but again, everyone's comfort zone is different.

You could expect to budget somewhere between 90 and 120...again roughly.
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So many things to consider, including life style! Go to the Dominion Power Site, they are the most accurate source of information on this subject.

Feel free to contact me if you are not working with a Realtor I can help you navigate the buying process,

Maridol Garcia-Joy, Realtor, ABR, CAS, ASP

Long & Foster Real Estate Inc.

Alexandria /Kingstowne Center

5911 Kingstowne Village Pkwy Ste 100

Alexandria VA 22315

Cell 703-655-0777
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Keep in mind that much will depend on usage; you can ask the current sellers the question, any neighbor(s) with a similar property, your agent, contact the utility company for an estimate, etc.
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There are so many considerations in the cost. How warm/cold to you like? Are the heating utilties gas and or electric/ What is the R factor the property? If you are looking at homes, your agent can and should ask for the utility breakdown by month.

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Depending on the season 80-120 bucks with the temp set at 73 degrees.

Mark Bentz
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
4000 Legato Rd.
Suite 100
Fairfax, Va. 22033
703-307-7305 (C)
703-691-1400 (O)
703-691-4656 (F)
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