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Old 03-23-17, 08:22 PM   #131
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February 2017 housing costs:

Natural Gas - $115.91 (364.226 M3)
Electricity - $74.29 (310 kWh)
Water - $92.59 (2,593 gallons)

Other expenses:

Cell Phone - $86.68
Wifi - $71.45 (25mbps)
Netflix - 9.99
Monthly Cleaning Service - $250.00 (2 visits this month)
Insurance - $87.75
Water Heater Rental - $9.63
Property Tax - $316.56
Mortgage P+I - $696.19

1st Major Renovation Cheque - $6,823.40 (bulkhead & closet framing, insulation/vapour barrier, 3rd bathroom plumbing & ventilation, & interior door installation)

Total February '17 Housing Costs: $8,759.44

Rent collection from housemates: $1,200.00

Month Deficit: $7,559.44

Drywall is complete & basement is now at the painting stage (painter is coming next week). After that I just need to hook up the electrical & install light fixtures, lay flooring, add bathroom fixtures & tile, install trim & we're done! Finally coming to the fun part of more rental income very soon!


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Old 04-21-17, 11:07 PM   #132
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March 2017 housing costs:

Natural Gas - $111.84 (348.038 M3)
Electricity - $98.16 (461 kWh)
Water - $93.81 (2,496 gallons)

Other expenses:

Cell Phone - $86.57
Wifi - $72.10 (25mbps)
Netflix - $9.99
BBQ propane tank - $26.24
Monthly Cleaning Service - $125.00
Insurance - $87.75
Water Heater Rental - $9.63
Property Tax - $316.56 (going to be a 6.49% hike soon!)
Mortgage P+I - $696.19

2nd Major Renovation Cheque (drywall purchase, delivery, install, & mudding/taping) - $15,324.75

Total March '17 Housing Costs: $17,058.59

Rent collection from housemates: $1,200.00

Month Deficit: $15,858.59

Hopefully I never have a month this expensive again! Lol. Currently in the middle of hooking up all the electrical devices in the basement (been without electricity down there for weeks now). Also getting a quote next week for polished concrete flooring. I can almost smell the extra rental income around the corner at this point

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Old 05-24-17, 01:57 AM   #133
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April 2017 housing costs:

Natural Gas - $74.70 (199.65 M3)
Electricity - $88.68 (401 kWh)
Water - $99.49 (2,966 gallons)

Other expenses:

Cell Phone - $85.65
Wifi - $72.10 (25mbps)
Netflix - $9.99
Monthly Cleaning Service - $125.00
Insurance - $87.75
Water Heater Rental - $9.63
Property Tax - $316.56
Mortgage P+I - $696.19

Total April '17 Housing Costs: $1,665.74

Rent collection from housemates: $1,200.00

Month Deficit: $465.74

I'm done about 70% of the flooring at this point. Final push to get those 2 rooms ready to rent! Hopefully soon!
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Old 05-24-17, 12:07 PM   #134
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Wow does that look a lot different haha. Very nice!
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Old 05-24-17, 10:44 PM   #135
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Thank you I can't wait until the basement development is all done!
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May 2017 housing costs:

Natural Gas - $49.73 (99.825 M3)
Electricity - $84.72 (376 kWh)
Water - $136.89 (5,118 gallons)

Other expenses:

Cell Phone - $87.14
Wifi - $72.10 (25mbps)
Netflix - $9.99
BBQ Propane - $26.24
Monthly Cleaning Service - $125.00
Insurance - $87.75
Water Heater Rental - $9.63
Property Tax - $316.56
Mortgage P+I - $696.19

Total May '17 Housing Costs: $1,701.94

Rent collection from housemates: $1,200.00

Month Deficit: $501.94

Flooring is 100% laid & the doors should arrive in early July. Once installed it's just the baseboards that need to be done (aside from minor bathroom completion and cabinets). Also got a new housemate in June.
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Old 07-29-17, 07:21 PM   #137
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June 2017 housing costs:

Natural Gas - $40.29 (62.053 M3)
Electricity - $143.98 (751 kWh)
Water - $134.09 (5,771 gallons)

Other expenses:

Cell Phone - $86.71
Wifi & Cable - $147.21 (25mbps)
Netflix - $9.99
BBQ Propane - $0
Monthly Cleaning Service - $125.00
Insurance - $87.75
Water Heater Rental - $9.63
Property Tax - $316.56
Mortgage P+I - $696.19

Total June '17 Housing Costs: $1,797.40

Rent collection from 3 housemates: $1,895.00

Month Profit: $97.60

The third housemate is moved into the master bedroom now (paying $695/month) so that has helped with finances a bit. It's football season & 2 housemates demanded a cable package - I guess CFL games aren't shown online anywhere. Electric bill surged - one of the housemates is an I.T. guy & has 2 servers in the basement that generate a lot of heat & noise. Lol, the wonders of sharing a house! The 2 basement bedrooms are SO close to being rented out!

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Old 07-29-17, 11:16 PM   #138
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Electric bill surged - one of the housemates is an I.T. guy & has 2 servers in the basement that generate a lot of heat & noise. Lol, the wonders of sharing a house! The 2 basement bedrooms are SO close to being rented out!
Maybe he's into Bitcoin or altcoin mining? BTW, offering electricity included in rent is waving an "all you can eat" sign to coiners.
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Old 07-30-17, 12:03 AM   #139
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This is true. Including utilities as part of the rent does open the door to abuse (granted there's a clause about not wasting utilities). However, chasing after housemates for each bill is a royal pain the ***.

Even the addition of cable was supposed to be shared between just the 2 housemates that wanted it - but somehow they swindled me into getting it in my name because the WiFi already was. Think any of them paid their share yet? Looks like it's just going to have to be a cost of doing business.

The nice thing is that I could always cancel the household WiFi completely at anytime (or reduce the speed) which would render the servers useless. The rental contract only states that I'm only responsible for providing heat, electricity, & water.

Edit: I actually talked to the housemate with the servers about Bitcoin & thought we could make some money. Turns out that we'd have to buy an 'anteater' bitcoin miner (as CPUs and graphics cards aren't fast enough) and even if we did it would only harvest about $900/year. It would take 2.5 years to pay off the machine & it would severely bog down the household router. Shucks...

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Bitcoin doesn't use very much bandwidth at all. Some altcoins are bandwidth intensive, but I haven't seen one that would significantly slow down anything that could be called decent Internet nowadays.

The main downside of the energy efficient coins (using hard drive space or cheap smartphones) is that the hardware costs tend to be more significant. Mining more or less self regulates to be barely profitable, so if energy is not a significant cost, hardware is. The real winners are those who have jumped in before the difficulty level spiked, something that I did with a number of altcoins.

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