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Old 04-18-2018, 08:28 PM
 
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Hi all, we may be moving to Sanford in the next year or so, and I wanted to ask about cost of living. I've done some research on Sperlings, etc. but it would be nice to hear from people who actually live there. We currently live in a 3BR 2 bath 1400 sq ft home on a ~4,000 sq ft lot. Our average utilities are:
* heating/cooling $133/month (in summer thermostat is at 76-79)
* water $122/month
* fiber internet $50/month

Our budget for a home is $160,000 to $200,000 max. Based on these numbers, is it realistic that we could afford to live in Sanford? We are fine with living in a smaller house than our current home if needed. We are not at all handy, so a fixer-upper wouldn't work. We currently live in a lower middle class neighborhood. It's fairly safe as long as you have common sense.

Thanks for your thoughts!
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Old 04-19-2018, 05:17 AM
 
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I live in Sanford and while your budget is low there will be a few desirable options for you that would place you in more solidly middle class neighborhoods. As time draws near feel free to personal message me (or now) inquiring about neighborhoods as it's not as clear cut in terms of good versus bad as some cities. The costs I routinely encounter for a smaller two bedroom/two bath villa home (1240 square feet) are $140 a month (FPL budget plan with average billing per month) with AC set at a brisk 70-72 degrees, water is around $80 per month and includes trash removal/recycling as well as reclaimed water irrigation (sprinklers) and internet is $46 (not-fiber, traditional cable)
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Old 04-19-2018, 07:10 AM
 
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Thank you very much Kyle! That puts my mind at ease, I was worried electricity would be through the roof due to the heat/humidity. It gets pretty humid here, but our summers aren't as long as summers in FL. My husband is used to them since he was born there, but my girls & I will have to adjust. I will PM you for some tips once we set a date to come down & explore. Thanks again for your help!
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Old 04-19-2018, 08:51 AM
 
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Thank you very much Kyle! That puts my mind at ease, I was worried electricity would be through the roof due to the heat/humidity. It gets pretty humid here, but our summers aren't as long as summers in FL. My husband is used to them since he was born there, but my girls & I will have to adjust. I will PM you for some tips once we set a date to come down & explore. Thanks again for your help!
If you get a 2 story house, your bill can go up drastically. If it's single story, what Kyle said is accurate.
You'll do fine in Sanford on your budget.
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Old 04-19-2018, 10:44 AM
 
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Thank you Arcenal, it's good to hear our budget is doable! This will be our first move with kids in tow so it feels a bit more intimidating. I've always lived in a 1-story home--we like to avoid stairs if possible since my husband had ACL reconstruction surgery.
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