It’s inevitable. Eventually, your refrigerator will stop working or you’ll pull still-wet clothes from your dryer. After all, appliances don’t last forever. But before you rush to the nearest home improvement or appliance store to purchase replacements, you should consider these things.
It’s always a good idea to begin the purchasing process by reviewing your budget. The cost of appliances vary widely between different brands and models, so you need to know what you can afford to spend before you start shopping. If you’re in a bind, you might want to consider financing your purchase or looking at rent-to-own kitchen appliances and washers and dryers.
If you can wait a while to purchase major appliances, you should. Many retailers offer huge discounts around major shopping holidays such as Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Black Friday. So try to plan in advance if possible.
Also, when you’re comparing products, see if there are any rebate programs available for purchasing energy-efficient appliances. Finding one can help lower your cost even further.
Don’t Forget to Measure Your Space
You don’t want to wait until your new appliances arrive to discover they don’t fit in the space available — or in your front door. Before you start shopping for appliances, you should measure your available space twice to make sure your measurements are correct.
You also need to measure every doorway you have to take the appliance through to get it to the correct place. Additionally, think about how the appliance works when measuring to make sure you’ve accounted for things like opening the refrigerator or oven door. While you’re at it, don’t forget to check the appliance doors to see which way they open when you’re shopping. You don’t want to purchase a refrigerator that opens to the right when you’ve measured space for it to open to the left.
Consider Your Lifestyle
Major appliances are something you use on a daily basis, so before you decide to make a purchase, you need to know what features are the most important to you. For example, if you host your family’s Thanksgiving dinner each year, you need to make sure the oven you purchase has enough room to cook a 20-pound turkey. Or, if you’re single and live alone, you might want to purchase a dishwasher that includes a sensor wash feature so you save water and energy when doing smaller, more frequent loads of dirty dishes.
Comparing prices is one appliance-buying tip that could end up saving you a lot of money. Once you decide which appliance to purchase, compare prices through several different retailers, especially if you’re financing the purchase. Many major retailers will match their competitor’s prices, so if you find a good deal on the appliances you want at one store, but another offers 12-month financing with no interest, visit the store with the zero-interest financing and ask them to match the lower price.
Plan for Future Repairs
While you may not need to save money for future repairs right away, you do need to make sure you can find a reputable repair company in your area. Appliance repair companies often only service specific brands of appliances. If you purchase domestic appliances from a major brand, you probably won’t have a problem finding a reliable repair company. But if you purchase fancy European appliances or custom models, you need to make sure there’s someone close to you that’s qualified to make repairs if needed.
When you need to purchase a major appliance, you shouldn’t make any spontaneous decisions. Major appliances are items you use daily and they aren’t cheap. So take the time to conduct proper research before shelling out your hard-earned cash.