It is important to know that the utility costs for the home are not excessive. In our area, for example, electric heat is much more expensive than gas. Consequently, a home with electric heat may be more difficult to sell. Generally, it is easy to obtain objective information on these costs by calling the local utility company and giving them the address of the home you are interested in. Keep in mind, however, that utility costs can vary dramatically depending on living habits. Cautious buyers may want to obtain information on several similar homes in the same neighborhood to get a better picture of what the utility costs in their target home are likely to run.