11 hidden costs of moving to the suburbs
- It might seem like you get more home for your money when you move out of the cty, but there are a lot of little costs that come with living in the suburbs.
- Everything from transportation, to buying more furniture for your bigger home, to lawn maintenance will add to your home costs in the suburbs.
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At first glance, the suburbs seem like an affordable place to live. Compared to more urban environments, houses are larger and less expensive, and everyday essentials like gas are cheaper, too.
But, there are some factors that are simply more expensive in the suburbs. When you move to the suburbs, chances are you'll be up-sizing. According to the National Association of Home Builders, the median dwelling in a city center area is 1,678 square feet. Meanwhile, the median suburban home is 1,800 square feet. With that comes lots of increased expenses, including more furniture, increased utility costs, and more.
Then, there are other things that change once you're out of the city limits, including limited access to public transportation. Property taxes can also change as you head into the suburbs, depending on the city.
Here are eleven things that might get more expensive as you leave the city for the suburbs.