Appliances are expensive pieces of machinery that, as long as they are properly maintained, can last you for at least a decade. In this way, they are kind of like automobiles for your house. You wouldn’t purchase a car on impulse, and you shouldn’t buy appliances blindly either.
Places like Consumer Reports are a good place to start. You can also look up online reviews on the seller’s website. For example, if you were looking at Best Buy or Lowe’s, you’d find plenty of reviews under each appliance. You do need to remember that the individual reviews on the store websites are written by people who might have a grudge, but some should contain enough information on the pros and cons to help you choose wisely.
Shop for the Best Prices
There are many different places that sell appliances, and they all have different pricing structures. Yes, there’s a standard MSRP (that’s Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price) but any markup over that depends on the store. You might also find coupons and special discounts available that will bring the price down. It’s best to go to more than one store and shop around to compare prices before you settle on one model.
Understand Your Needs
If you love to cook and plan to host a lot of large gatherings, then you might need a range that comes with two ovens. However, if you live alone and eat out a lot, a simpler model will work. You don’t want to buy more appliance than you need. That’s a waste of money and utility costs, so take the time to consider what and how often you’ll use an upgraded feature.
Ask About Delivery and Old Appliance Services
Some stores offer free delivery if you spend a certain amount, while others might charge you. Since lugging a refrigerator around is not easy, you might want to take advantage of any delivery options. Most appliance stores will also take away your old appliances for you, although in some cases, there’s a fee for this as well.
There’s nothing worse than buying an appliance that you can’t fit into your house. You need to measure not only the space taken up by your current appliances but also the pathways that your new washer, dryer, refrigerator, stove and so on need to take to reach their proper places. Otherwise, you might end up with a new dishwasher that won’t fit through the hallway to your kitchen.