When one of your trusted appliances finally takes its last bow, and your search for a replacement begins, don’t let yourself get overwhelmed with the numerous choices you’ll need to make. While buying an appliance in the past was a little less complicated, now-a-days, the large variety of features offered and the difference in prices can make your decision a bit more complex. We’ve compiled a list of 6 appliance buying tips that can reduce the stress of your next shopping excursion.
1. Get some trustworthy advice. Before you even start looking for your newest appliance, ask your friends and family about the brands and special features they use in their household. If you’re looking for a new washer, and your friend uses a front loading machine, find out if she would choose the appliance again and whether or not she really uses any of those extra features. Receiving sound advice from those closest to you can help you scratch certain appliances off your list without the hassle of searching online.
2. Don’t get caught up in the look of an appliance. While you want the appliance your purchasing to look nice, you also want it to work properly and last for years. If the aesthetic appeal of a stove or refrigerator catches your eye try not to make any rash decisions, check out its features and find some credible reviews before handing over your money.
3. Give it test run before leaving the store. Even though you can’t actually fill a refrigerator with food in the store or throw a batch of laundry into a dryer, you can explore its setup. If you’re looking at a front loading dryer, bend over and see if filling it with clothes will be a problem for your back, or if you have small kids at home, check to see if the fridge shelves are accessible to them, and if they’re not, find out if they are adjustable. You don’t want to get your new appliance home only to find out it just doesn’t work for you or your family.
4. Pay close attention to energy efficiency. No matter what type of appliance you’re buying, energy efficiency is vital. While the price tag may be a little larger on certain energy efficient models, don’t count those appliances out. Instead, take a second to calculate how much you could save a month or even a year if you purchase the more efficient model.
5. Know your measurements. Don’t buy a single appliance without knowing if it will actually fit in the designated space available in your home. You should also measure all the doorways in your house to ensure your new appliance can get through them; otherwise you’ll be making a return trip to the store.
6. Repairs are inevitable. Unfortunately, at some point you’ll be in need of some type of appliance repair. That’s why we recommend researching the average cost of repairs for an appliance model before you purchase it. While you won’t be able to predict the exact cost, you can at least prepare yourself for future maintenance expenses.
If you’re looking to learn more about your home appliances or one of them is in need of repair, pleasecontact us today, and we’ll be happy to help you.