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Old 02-24-2009, 10:50 AM
 
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Default What to know before relocating to Ft Lauderdale from Westchester County NY

Hi There, I am looking to get any information possible about the Ft Lauderdale area, especially that of cost of utitlities etc. because I can't find anything on the internet. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!
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Old 02-24-2009, 03:38 PM
 
Location: Broward County, South Florida
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Obviously you're electric bill will have air conditioning to consider, but overall, coming from westchester - you won't go into sticker shock.
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Old 02-24-2009, 03:50 PM
 
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Obviously you're electric bill will have air conditioning to consider, but overall, coming from westchester - you won't go into sticker shock.
true, but I will also be working with less income, so just trying to get a number to put on it. plus the fact, that i will most likely be running the ac all the time, which i don't do here...
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Old 02-25-2009, 11:47 AM
 
Location: Weston, FL
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^^^
There will be a few cold waves in the winter when you will need to flip your AC to heat.

If you live in Westchester and work in NYC, you are probably paying taxes through the nose, plus crazy toll prices or train tickets
. You will have less taxes in Fort Lauderdale, but real estate tax could still be pretty high.
Sales taxes are only 6% here, compared to 8.25% (when I lived in Yonkers).
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Old 02-28-2009, 02:46 PM
 
Location: Westchester, New York
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I was wondering the same thing since I am in the same boat. I know income and sales taxes are lower and in some cases property taxes but utilities and insurance i hear are much higher.

Does anyone have examples based on the size of the age and size of their home?

I have a 3200 4bd/3bth home in NY and last month my electric and heating was $781. Is that comparable to a bad cooling month in Florida, say the middle of August for a comparable home?

My home insurance is a little over 1400 a year...will that double?
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Old 02-28-2009, 05:11 PM
 
Location: West Palm Beach - Flamingo Park
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I was wondering the same thing since I am in the same boat. I know income and sales taxes are lower and in some cases property taxes but utilities and insurance i hear are much higher.

Does anyone have examples based on the size of the age and size of their home?

I have a 3200 4bd/3bth home in NY and last month my electric and heating was $781. Is that comparable to a bad cooling month in Florida, say the middle of August for a comparable home?

My home insurance is a little over 1400 a year...will that double?

Well, I live in an older house in a historic district in West Palm Beach... built in 1945 so it's not exactly the best insulated house around. My house is about 1600 square feet under air, and my electric bill at the height of the summer, air conditioner running at an average of 72-77 degrees, never broke $300.00. Oh yeah, and the pool pump runs for hours a day too.
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Old 02-28-2009, 06:05 PM
 
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I was wondering the same thing since I am in the same boat. I know income and sales taxes are lower and in some cases property taxes but utilities and insurance i hear are much higher.

Does anyone have examples based on the size of the age and size of their home?

I have a 3200 4bd/3bth home in NY and last month my electric and heating was $781. Is that comparable to a bad cooling month in Florida, say the middle of August for a comparable home?

My home insurance is a little over 1400 a year...will that double?
Elvi03, no disrespect but people like you are the reason all is going down. Spenders; $781 for a electric bill??? you just don't care, you probably just leave lights on, computer on, do not program your thermostat accordingly, and maybe, just maybe you don't believe in global warming. So I find strange you care about the cost of things.
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Old 02-28-2009, 06:38 PM
 
Location: New Milford, NJ
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Ok, I don't think you can understand if you don't live here in the northeast...everything here is old and poorly insulated..if you want to fix a house around here, be prepared to spend A LOT of money..I know, I looked into it and everything requires permits and variances; just to take off the second level of my house, which is small to begin with and replace it with 3 bedrooms/2 baths, siding, windows, insulation and more efficient central air system was upwards of $150K..that's right,that's for 3 bedrooms, not a whole house....

My house is drafty, I can't help that it's 70+ years old and as a single mother I don't have the patience or money to renovate this old dog..beyond the fact that I did the whole inside over and there is a new furnace and hot water heater..despite that and having electronic thermostats with 2 zone heat, last month was so cold I had to crank up the heat just to take the chill out even though I was wrapped up in sweatshirts and blankets, and my gas/electric, which has gone up 20% here btw, was $481.02 for a 900 sq ft house, so over $700 as the OP stated for a much larger house is typical around here. Know what you're talking about before you criticize.
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Old 03-01-2009, 11:03 AM
 
Location: Weston, FL
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I was wondering the same thing since I am in the same boat. I know income and sales taxes are lower and in some cases property taxes but utilities and insurance i hear are much higher.

Does anyone have examples based on the size of the age and size of their home?

I have a 3200 4bd/3bth home in NY and last month my electric and heating was $781. Is that comparable to a bad cooling month in Florida, say the middle of August for a comparable home?

My home insurance is a little over 1400 a year...will that double?


2800 sq ft, 2 stories, single family home with 6 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. Before we built the pool the highest electric bill was somewhere around $250 for one month (less during the winter). After the pool was built, the electric bills approach $500.

Water bill - somewhere between $110 and $140. Kids have been growing up and taking longer showers recently, adding to that bill.
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Old 03-03-2009, 01:42 PM
 
Location: Westchester, New York
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Elvi03, no disrespect but people like you are the reason all is going down. Spenders; $781 for a electric bill??? you just don't care, you probably just leave lights on, computer on, do not program your thermostat accordingly, and maybe, just maybe you don't believe in global warming. So I find strange you care about the cost of things.
Excuse me?! People like me? How can you make such a stupid and irresponsible comment!?

Mr/Ms Rereis R-E-A-D!!! My electric and HEATING bill both equal that amount. I have 2 small children and my mother in law at home all the time. I have a house built in 1960 - with terrible insulation and we are experiencing one of the coldest winters in the Northeast. It felt like -3 this morning. This is normal up here. But, tell me why am I explaining myself to you again?
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