Picking a place to buy a home in Columbus: 3 neighborhoods
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September 27, 2013 6:03 pm at 6:03 pm #551140
Yeah. I’ll just go ahead & shock y’all with my bills. I live in a 1958 cape cod, never updated in terms of windows. I have aluminum frame awning windows where I have to physically remove the single pane “storm” and replace with a screen (on the inside) on the season change. There is little to no insulation in my knee wall spaces.
I have an ultra-high efficiency heat pump system, and am religious about keeping intake vents cleaned off & new filters in place. My gas budget is $35; but my electric budget is $125 (just dropped!). And this is CONSIDERABLY cheaper than it was before the new system.
I dream of new windows and doors and insulation. Ah. Luxuries.September 27, 2013 8:21 pm at 8:21 pm #551141
Went from a 900 sq ft flat to our ~1700 sq ft house. Kept the programmable thermostat I bought FWIW, and our gas bills went from about $80/month to around $120/month (December, January, February). House has new windows but ancient furnace and we need more insulation in the attic. It really wasn’t a significant hit overall.
Whenever you do find a place, the Columbia Gas Energy Audit is totally worth doing.September 29, 2013 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm #551142
Okay, you lovely house minds, another question re: potential costs of adding a small powder room to a house. Question explained in video form: http://bcontext.com//bfile/player/ftejl/?auth=LANQ0XXF9K0CA6G5NTUY3JUVUN6P9D2A83U2KSQ81BL66GN5RMOctober 8, 2013 12:32 am at 12:32 am #551143
Fingers crossed, all: we might be making our first offer tomorrow.October 8, 2013 2:59 am at 2:59 am #551144
Good luck, and prepare to be rejected/countered unless the seller is desperate. Normal part of the process, but it can be nerve-wracking!October 8, 2013 2:43 pm at 2:43 pm #551145
I forgot to mention that I have programmable thermostats and 90-95% efficient furnaces or something around that. Helps a lot
House buying is stressful. I have a friend, who’s newly pregnant, just sold her house, is living in an apartment until they can find their dream house. lots of boxes and storage units were needed.October 8, 2013 2:59 pm at 2:59 pm #551146
Fingers crossed, all: we might be making our first offer tomorrow.
Good luck.October 14, 2013 8:37 pm at 8:37 pm #551147
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