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Labrujaana, Home Buyer in Tampa, FL

How can we find utility bill (power and water) on a potential home?

Asked by Labrujaana, Tampa, FL Mon Aug 1, 2011

Me and my soon to be husband are looking to purchase a home in the Tampa Florida area. We both love bungalow homes around 2000 sq feet. We wanted to know were we could go to find the utility bill history of the home? (Power and water). Utilities for an apartments are much lower than a house. Just trying to get an idea.

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If the property is not a foreclosure, you can ask the seller if they would be willing to give you a copy of previous bills. You could also try calling the utility company to see if they could provide you with an average amount.

Of course, how well insulated the home is will play a huge factor.

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1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Aug 7, 2011
You can often call the utility company that services the house and they can provide an average for the home. Keep in mind it can vary depend on the number of people and temperature you prefer.

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1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Aug 1, 2011
You also need to consider that some owners keep the thermostat a lot hotter than others so you can't always get an accurate picture of the heating and cooling costs.

Also on the water bill, depending on whether or not the neighborhood has reclaimed water for the lawn and the size of the lot, it can get very expensive--especially if the water is provided by Hillsborough County verus City of Tampa.

I believe you may be able to contact Tampa Electric and get the info on a specific address. On bank owned listings this may be the best source. Not sure if the water department will do the same, but try calling them.

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1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Aug 1, 2011
You can ask the owner to provide you with the previous history of their electric bill.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Aug 1, 2011
Ask the sellers and hope for an honest answer.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Aug 1, 2011
For newer homes, I like to use this rule-of-thumb. For an average yearly bill in Tampa, keeping the thermostat about 15-17 degrees below the outside temperature in the hot months, divide the square footage by 13. That gives a very general estimate for 2 adults and 2 children. Add $20/mo for each additional adult. For older homes, it can cost quite a bit more, depending on the insulation and how well doors and windows are sealed.

But many factors influence the electric bill. You can lower your bill by adding energy saving lights and appliances. The newest homes usually have energy saving features, some including energy efficient appliances, radiant barriers and R-30 insulation.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Aug 22, 2011
Ask the seller, can you see a copy of thier LAST month bill.

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Aug 7, 2011
Try calling the Utility Company. They should be able to give you an average.
Good Luck!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 2, 2011
You can try asking the seller and hope he/she is honest.. Your best bet is to call the local power company/water company and give them the property address and they should be able to tell you more or less how to expect to pay..

Good Luck,
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Aug 1, 2011
There are many factors in the utility bills in Florida and especially on wood frame bungalows. Take into consideration that if the property is not updated recently it may have the wood frame windows, little to no insulation, and has not been weathered. This scenario could give you a 300-400 per month. If the property has been insulated, double paned windows, newer ac system - it could drop your electric to 200-400. These are of course summer month bills and estimates from my historical bungalow home owners. Water Sewer Trash on average is about 15-20 per person per month. Hope this helps.
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