There are lots of reasons to buy new home appliances—and even more choices. Whether you’re building a new home, remodeling the kitchen, replacing worn-out appliances or need something to fit your changing needs, you should choose appliances carefully. Not only are they significant in terms of price, but most of them, like the fridge, oven range, and dishwasher, are things you’ll probably use everyday.
So to avoid daily disappointment and frustration, take our advice on how to choose the right appliances for you and your home.
Before you start looking, decide what features are important to you. You should have ideas for the style and look you want. Do you like side-by-side models for a fridge and freezer? Does your décor call for a certain color or material? (Remember to have matching kitchen appliances as much as possible so they aren’t distracting.) And of course, make sure you decide on a budget.
Don’t just buy the one that looks like the best deal or is on sale. Make sure it fits your needs—and your space. Check customer reviews. And consider how much water and energy an appliance will use. A less efficient model might have a smaller price tag, but it might also make your utility bills go up.
If you’re remodeling, definitely consider replacing appliances. An old fridge in a beautiful new space is going to look out of place and dated. Plus, you may be able to save money over time with appliances that are more energy-efficient than the ones you have. And if you’re trying to sell your home, new appliances can instantly update a kitchen and make the home feel newer and more appealing.
If you’re looking to replace appliances that are on their last legs, it can’t hurt to state the obvious: don’t wait until they die completely. But if you have the luxury of waiting a while, shop when you can get the best deals. If it’s fall, hold off for holiday sales when you’ll be able to make your dollars go farther.
This is especially helpful if you’re selling your home and can hand a warranty over to the new owner. But it’s also important for your own sense of security. Make sure you keep all the warranty information and purchase receipts where you can find them if you need them. Having a specific file or folder for items like this can keep them from getting lost.
Make sure you properly dispose of old appliances. You may even get some cash in return for them. Besides selling appliances that still work, some areas have companies that will pay you for old appliances. Otherwise, contact your local recycling center about having your appliances picked up for recycling.
As a safety tip, remember to take the doors off old refrigerators to avoid potential dangers to movers and to children who may climb inside.