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how can I etimate the utilities on a home I am intersested in?

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I agree with Pamela. The listing agent can help too by being able to ask the homeowner.
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November 22 2013
All of the above are good suggestions.  You could also check with the listing agent; many of us ask the sellers to provide potential buyers with average utility costs over the past year.
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January 10 2011
Here in Utah you'll also want to call the Gas Co., Questar, for an avg. bill for any given home. An average helps one to know the approx costs etc., but as Jim stated the utility companies can't estimate for size of family, how much water one family may use, especially hot water, and how much clothes to dry etc. or the fact that one family may keep the thermostat down vs another who does not. It's good to watch for energy saving homes too such as double pane windows and other visible energy saving things around a home.

Yes, calling the utility companies does help give one an idea of utility costs. I usually call for my buyers for an estimate. I hope this helps.




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January 10 2011

If you meant estimate..you can call the power company and water company and they will give you the average bill over the past 12 months...THEY can NOT give out exact bills but average over 12 months is done often..Hope this helps...Also look for double payne windows...good insulation and updates!!

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January 10 2011
If the home has been previously occupied, call the utility company's and ask what the previous bills were. If it is a new home, call the utility company's with the age and size of the home and ask for approximate utility costs.

It will still be impossible for the utilities to give an accurate estimate because they have no idea how long showers are for your family, how often you do laundry, how often you run the dishwasher, how warm/cool do you keep the house for your pets while you are at work, how many lights you leave on for your pets ... I'm sure you get the idea, there are a lot of variables when it comes to utility usage.
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