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Fully Attached vs single family

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what kind of maintenance costs comparison can I make between a Fully Attached vs single family (same internal square footage). Due to health reasons, I need heat in the mid-70's and in NY, I'm guessing this could save me $1500 a year in heating costs given two sides are walls in an attached home

What other maintenance and repair costs would I be saving over a 5-10 year time frame (already aware of lesser snow & yard space costs)? I know it's hard to throw numbers but approximations would help

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With everything equal and well done (well done insulation, double paned windows, similar heat sources), would heating costs be similar with a detached home with 20 windows vs an attached home with 8 windows?
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June 08 2012
The best way to get a handle on those costs is when you are looking, pay attention to energy efficient homes.  Whether an attached home, or detached home...if you have single pane windows, or inadequate insulation in either, it will greatly affect your heating costs.  Look not so much as attached vs detached, but energy efficiency, heat source type, insulation, windows, door seals etc.  This will make all the difference for you.  You'll have lower utilities and be comfortable too.
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You could ask your buyers agent to get a copy of the current homeowner's utility and maint. bills to compare with a single family of the same square footage. Owning a home costs money no matter if it is attached or detached. Check to see if there is a maint. agreement on file for the attached home to see who is responsible for what and how much it will cost.

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