chasingthegoodlife wrote:Satelite - To Thailand with a friend, just a short trip. Neither of us have been before and I can't wait.
Geoff - Thanks for the reminder. Thinking back to when we moved in here, getting the gas and electricity sorted out was easy but the connection fee for our internet service was insane.
Any suggestions as to what other new home expenses I need to budget for? So far I'm thinking about council rates, owners corporation fees (including insurance) and water rates. And setting aside some money each month for major maintenance as needed (ie new water heater).
Rates are done quarterly, so that could be the week after you move in and then not for another three months, or it could be 2.5 months after you move in. Part of your settlement costs for the property will be pro rata on that quarters rates.
Water should be a seperate bill, again quarterly, but I'm only going by what we have here in brisbane, it's been 15 years since I lived in Victoria and paid bills down there
Contemplate not getting a home phone line connected if you live on a mobile phone. That's totally dependant on how you communicate with other people, and whether you're after a fixed ADSL2+ line for your new place. The Whirlpool forums will give you a good idea on what's available for that area and I know they were getting NBN around there, so you might get lucky dependant on what side of the street you are on Bundled deals inc line rental from TPG or iiNet are good options.