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Old Today, 01:34 PM
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Hi all,
Iím interested in buying a house in Conifer. Yes Ive visited several times in all seasons and like snow. About me - married, been renting in boulder, then denver for 7 years. Spouse works in Lakewood, I work in Denver with some flex/telework capability. Iím trying to guage extra expenses of homeownership in the foothills compared to denver. I know wells/ septics/properties/home size/heating systems/material construction/internet etc vary widely as do their expenses. Im looking in the 1500-2200 sqft range with a well (not kings valley) if that helps. Hoping for some locals to share a sort of ballpark estimates (monthly, or lump total for intermittent costs) to help for my financial plannng.
Thanks !
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Old Today, 01:58 PM
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Heating oil will be seasonal and most variable. Road maintenance is a maybe.
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Old Today, 08:33 PM
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A few thoughts off the top of my head for things to consider Conifer vs Denver:

1) If you’re on propane instead of natural gas, propane is roughly 4x the cost so scale up your Denver gas bill accordingly.

2) You probably won’t have AC in Conifer so your electric bill will be lower than in Denver, although a well pump will offset that somewhat.

3) Likely no water bill, but septic sytem and well maintenance.

4) You’ll probably have to pay for your own trash service. Call Waste Management and Mountain View Waste for a quote.

5) Are you going to plow your own driveway? If not that’s an extra expense.

6) Homeowner’s insurance will probably be higher than in Denver due to wildfire risk. Get some quotes before you make an offer.
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Old Today, 10:34 PM
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Bunner’s points are all good. You might also want to add in the cost of routine water quality tests if you are on well water. Don’t forget to add the cost of occasional septic tank pump-outs.

IIRC, our trash pickup was with Mountain View, when they started up. Mountain Something. It was NOT Waste Management, which had a virtual monopoly for a while. And they charged accordingly.

Homeowner’s insurance was surprisingly not bad when we lived in the foothills. BUT I understand that after the big fire in 2012 (we had to evacuate for almost a week), the rates rose a lot. This might vary depend on the exact area you live and whether the home has had fire mitigation done, such as removing trees and ground fuel.

Your gasoline costs will rise due to a longer commute.

Internet service was pretty bad in our neighborhood back then. We were on dial-up modem for 15 years. In our last few years there, some residents tried another option (I forget what it was) that cost much more. The consensus was it was a small improvement for a lot higher cost. But all that could have changed since then.
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