Our power bill was a shock. We moved in over the summer and it was brutal. We now do budget billing where we pay an average throughout the year and it is much more manageable, but we pay a little over $300 every month. It's totally worth it to me. I grew up in an old home (over 100 yrs old) and new construction just 'feels' cheap and cookie cutter to me. We had a new house prior to this one and I hated it. Give me something with character and quirks over energy efficiency any day. Our house was built in 1980 and was pretty cheesy before we moved in but we were able to keep the character and make it look like an old home with our 'updates'. I
If you can get a home with a pool at your price poin,t do it. The little ones will get bigger and y'all will enjoy it from mid-April to October. It's alot more convenient than the neighborhood pools, plus its great for parties (kids and adults) and it gives them something to do. Also, summer swim league is big over here so the pool will be good for practicing. Check with pricing, but pool service is about $110 per month. We clean our pool ourselves so we save about $40 per month. Pretty simple to do. If you have questions Texas Tom's or Leslie's can answer all your questions.
I don't care too much for Kings River. Nice homes and all, but the homes have the attached garages with short driveways. The streets are narrow too. So when you drive through parts of Kings River it is not asthetically pleasing to the eye. It looks really crowded with cars. Also, lots are smaller over and lastly I believe Kings River is zoned to Greentree. Kind of a pain to drive them that distance everyday.
Utility Cost. A little steep at times. We put in a radiant barrier and added to insulation which lowered the bill. We just need to replace the windows.
Water. You might get lucky and find a home that has a well for your sprinkler system.
Yeah, that's true, a pool might be worth it in the long run...we may just have to put up one of those fences for a few years. Both my parents and my sister live in the Phoenix area, and have pools, so they have been urging us to get one for our next house. I agree- it would be so much easier than packing everything up and going to the community pool. Our Newfoundland would probably enjoy that pool more than anyone though!
One of the things we like the most about the older homes are the wet bars- not that we are total alcoholics or anything, but they are just cool.
An office is a must as well- DH works from home, so that's kind of important. Right now, we just converted the 4th bedroom into an office, but a real study with french doors and built ins would be great.
I think the taxes in KW may be lower than they are in Eagle Springs, so that might compensate a little for the bigger water bills.
How does this save money? Would they be taxed twice as much for sewer and drainage fees on the same property for holding two accounts? How is that split up saving money?
I'm not sure. I know there is an initial expense to have it installed though. I never checked into it but when we asked him who installed our sprinkler system because we needed to have some repairs done (he is the original owner of his home and was close friends with the original owner of our home) he told me about it and said that it would save us some money if we did it.
We have a walk in wet bar in our family room. It originally had saloon doors on it We took them off (duh!) and I painted them and used them as interior shutters for one of our upstairs bathrooms.
and like i said, definitely request a electricity summary of the house for the last 12 months.
our house is 3500 sq feet and averages 275-300 in the hottest summer months. that was a major selling factor for us. we looked in sand creek and loved a few of those houses, but the average cost was $650 in the summer. that was a defnite no!
The water bills depend on your lot size. We do have over half and acre lot and yes the water bills can be high. We maxed a 550 dollar bill last year in the draught. This year we are in 150 dollar range, just depends how much it rains. If you do want a big yard, look for a house that has a well installed, that will save you a lot of money. You can't install one anymore as the city does not issue permits but some of the older houses still have them. You can get a 2nd water meter for your sprinkler system and you would only pay for water and not the sewer fee but the meter costs a monthly fee and we calculated it based on 2010 usage and for us it was not worth it. well if I knew about the draught in 2011 I would have had it installed ....
You dont pay sewage on a second meter for your sprinkler. That is the money savings part. Right now they assume whatever water you use also goes into the sewer and charge you for both. A second meter and they only charge you for water. They are expensive to put in from what I hear.