Purchasing an appliance is a really big deal. There are so many questions that need to be answered and features that cannot go unnoticed. The process can be overwhelming to some, so we wanted to help out and provide some tips to remember when purchasing appliances.
While each person has their own unique set of questions, here are 10 tips and questions to not only ask yourself, but friends, family and salespeople as well. Appliances are not easy to return, so make sure you make the right purchase the first time.
&bull Talk to your friends and family: They all have appliances and will be more than willing to share their likes and dislikes. But, it's important to remember that a feature they love, might be a feature that you won't find useful.
&bull Keep yourself in mind: You know your own habits. If you do wash several times a week to avoid the dreadfully large pile that accumulates at the end of the week &mdash there's no need to buy the washer that promises to wash 20 towels at once. Save money and purchase a smaller one.
&bull Keep your family in mind: If you have small children who frequently grab their own juicebox from the fridge, it's important to purchase one with a low drawer. Or, if you're teaching your children the wonders of laundry, it's important to get a front loading washer.
&bull Research energy efficiency: Don't immediately disregard energy efficient models because they are slightly more expensive than older models. They will pay off in the long run, if used properly.
&bull Measure twice, purchase once: Make sure you take measurements of the doorways leading to the appliances ultimate resting place. Do not make the mistake of purchasing an appliance, have it delivered (which will cost you money), only to have the delivery truck drive away with your appliance back in it.
&bull Don't focus solely on aesthetics: Sure there are some great looking appliances out there. Washers and dryers that come in every color in the rainbow and super shiny stainless steel. Make sure your purchase is based on functionality, not aesthetics (even though, for future resell of your home, it's important for appliances to all match).
&bull Do a full in store inspection: Open the refrigerator door. Imaging yourself grabbing a pitcher of iced tea or a gallon of milk &mdash would it fit where you would naturally reach for it? Are the shelves adjustable? Do you want side by the side or top and bottom combo? These are very important questions to ask yourself and test out.
&bull Are there included accessories? When purchasing a new stove, is the hood included? What extra accessories are you going to need to purchase to make the appliance function in your home?
&bull Know to expect repairs: Repairs are inevitable. They are going to happen and you need to prepare yourself for them. Do research on the average cost of the most common repairs for the appliances you are considering purchasing.
&bull Don't get sold on the first price you hear: Haggle, haggle, haggle. Salespeople are willing to haggle with you. Most salespeople make commission based on appliance purchases and they're willing to make extra price cuts to keep you in the store.
[Article Inspiration: This Old House]