how much for utilities per month?

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  1. #1

    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    in my home

    how much for utilities per month?

    so i think i have deicided on an apartment...

    it overlooks a cricket field.....
    its 880 sq ft.
    in tsim sha tsui east i think....or maybe just tsim sha tsui
    i can also see HK mountains and some of skyline....

    it is 1 bedroom....with a very nice layout...
    wood floors

    its about 9000 including management fees and govt fees....
    if i want furniture it will be 10000.....

    my question is:

    how much would water be per month?
    how much for electricity per month?
    how much for TV and Internet per month?

    also how much do you think i will spend to furnish the place?
    i will need dressers, bed, shelves, couch, mattress.....etc etc etc

    just want to be sure i can manage the price....
    i am planning on being here for at least 1 year...maybe more....

  2. #2

    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    HK Island

    I checked that site out and it may not be that accurate for you...

    assuming its just you living there, and the size of the flat my guess would be:

    water approx $150 / month?
    electricity approx $200 / month (up to $500 / month in summer)
    cable tv anywhere from $150 - $250 month (plus any extra channels. lucky you live next to the cricket field: world cricket live alone is $300 / month!!)
    internet around $200 / month
    phone around $200 / month plus international calls

    As for furnishing the place, it really depends how much you're willing to spend. My guess would be 15-20k to do a decent job, just visit the local Ikea with all the other expats on a Saturday afternoon and see what fits into your budget.

  3. #3

    Join Date
    Apr 2003

    >> electricity approx $200 / month (up to $500 / month in summer)

    Depends on the size of the flat and the appliances in use to be honest. I'd budget for $1 / sq foot during summers.

  4. #4

    Join Date
    May 2004

    Water @ 150 / month sounds out of whack too

  5. #5

    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Hong Kong

    Water is $20-40 per month. Gas depends on whether you are using it to heat water and cook, if so, up to a couple of hundred a month.

  6. #6

    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Hong Kong now!!

    We just got our first HK Electric bill and the first month was 1768.62 and our advertized size is about 1100 sq ft. Seems higher than your $1 per sq ft estimate KIA... could it be because we keep our air con on all day and most other people don't?

  7. #7

    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Sham Tseng Downtown

    Aircons certainly use plenty of energy. Most split cons have a timer, so no need to keep it working the whole day...

    For furniture: The Hong Kong answer to IKEA is Pricerite. I have to say they have at least some nice stuff. And their service is outstanding... When you spend more than 1500 HK$, they deliver and build it up for free.

    Since I m quite tall, I needed some tailor made furniture, a bed and a desk: Perfect service from Jade Rattan... A girl came to my flat and measured everthing, she stayed for nearly 2 hours I guess. And for both - bed and desk - it was not more than 5k I guess.

  8. #8

    Join Date
    Mar 2005

    This month...

    Electricity: $2,175
    Gas: $690
    Phone: $110
    Internet: $154 (broadband netvigator - unlimited usage)
    water: ???

    1090 sqft apt...

    we are sucking up the electricity these days...