When renting an apartment, it’s wise to keep utility bills in mind. Many people are surprised at just how expensive utilities can be, but according to US News, you should plan to spend around 5 to 10 percent of your income on utility bills. Let’s look at some utility bills renters commonly have to pay.
Mention the word “utility,” and for many people, electricity is the first thing that pops into mind. In some ways, it’s the quintessential utility, being ubiquitous and having been around for a long time. Most of the time folks who rent apartments will have to pay for their electricity. Of course, the apartment complex will typically pay for electricity used in common areas, like powering lights in halls.
2. The Internet
Is access to the Internet a utility? That’s actually up for debate from a technical point of view, but there’s no denying that the Internet is now essential for most people. From watching your favorite streaming shows to hunting down jobs or expanding your knowledge, accessing the World Wide Web can be a huge boon. When you rent an apartment, you’re likely going to have to set up your own service for this modern-day necessity.
3. Natural Gas
If a unit features a natural gas water heater or stove, there’s a good chance that you’ll have to pay a natural gas bill. Many apartment complexes skip natural gas but it’s important to confirm that beforehand. Otherwise, you may end up with an unexpected utility bill.
4. Water and Sewage
Quite a number of apartment and condo complexes cover sewage utilities. Of course, the cost is usually factored into rent or HOA fees, but you often won’t have to pay a separate bill. Some apartment complexes also include water, however many require tenets to pay for a separate water bill. Before renting an apartment, it’s wise to ask if water and sewage are included.
If you’re renting an apartment in a multi-unit complex, you’ll often be able to access a trash chute, dumpster, or something similar. Fees may be included in the HOA fees or rental price, but often you won’t have to pay a separate bill to a trash removal service. However, if you live in a duplex or stand-alone home, you might have to pay the local waste management provider for trash removal.
While these are several utilities you may need to pay, this list is not uniform. Different apartment complexes have different bills you may need to pay, so it is best to check before deciding to rent. Feel free to view our website to see out available openings for rent.