HOME BUYER TIP: Ask for the Average Utility Bill Amount
When purchasing a new home, there's a lot of unknowns. One of which is how much the utilities are going to cost you each month. If an inefficient furnace or heating system makes the power bill go through the roof each month in the winter it's nice to know about it up front rather than having a heart attack when you get your first bill. To avoid this, ask if the seller can provide information on the average utility costs for the home. In some cases you can also go directly to the utility companies for this information.