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Old 03-27-2008, 01:23 AM
 
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I am moving to Seattle and trying to weigh up renting one of the places advertised as "with utilities included" (more expensive?) vs those without.

Can someone suggest what the ball-park figure/s for monthly utilities (gas, water, electricity, phone connection - not including calls) would be in downtown Seattle for a single person in a 1 bedroom apartment?

Thanks in advance
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Old 03-27-2008, 02:04 AM
 
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It's a good thing you are thinking about these things before hand. It sometimes makes a big difference in rent. It varies from building to building and from area to area. I lived in an apartment in Seattle for 3 years and the water and sewer was included in the rent. The utility cost any where from 20 - 40 depends on the season.

I moved to nicer neigborhood a year and half ago. The rent is already reaching my budget and when I received the water/sewer bill, guess how much? $90!!!! Every dollar of water you use, they charge $3 on sewer. Why? Just because they can. Just because you are paying expensive rent and they assume you are a millinaire and don't care about the spending! After a lot of complain from the residents in the building, the leasing office finally switched the water company. But it's still $50 a month. I heard the average water/sewer bill shouldn't be over $20. Just something to think about.

So I would say, for the majority of the apartments, it should be under $70 in total.
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Old 03-27-2008, 07:02 AM
 
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Perhaps look a little closer on the same page..

Example Utilities around Seattle?
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Old 03-27-2008, 01:33 PM
 
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Renting or buying in Seattle can be a VERY expensive thing to do. By having utilties included (depending on which one(s)) you can save quite a bit of money. According to this website below, the average rent for a 1 bedroom APT in King County (Which includes Seattle) is $812.

The Seattle Times: Real Estate: Apartment hunt will be tougher for renters

I know when I was looking, I couldn't find a decent place for under $700. And that was for a studio. The more space you have and the more bedrooms, obviously the more you will pay. If you are looking to rent an apartment in downtown Seattle, good luck finding anything affordable. I can guarantee you won't find a studio apartment there for under $1000 a month. Unless of course it's a dive. Hope this helps.

Daniel
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Old 03-29-2008, 07:46 AM
 
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Thanks for those replies. That is a great help. Where I'm from utilities are almost never included, and when you move in you usually have to organise with each company to get each service "connected". It can be a big hassle when you're already maxed out organising all your moving. As much as anything I was hoping for a utilities included just to avoid that hassle if it wasn't much more then paying for them myself. Thanks again.
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