When you starting planning your dream home, you’ll also be thinking about a new kitchen and laundry room. Purchasing the Right Appliances is key in many ways. They should be a good value. This doesn’t mean cheap. It means you get your money’s worth. They should be convenient to maintain and repair. It’s this last factor that many consumers don’t consider. Here a few tips and things to think about so that you make the best decision for your new home.
What’s a Good Value?
The word “value” has really taken on a false meaning in our society. We usually equate it with “cheap.” Well, “cheap” is just that. Cheap! Cheap products usually don’t last. If you spend a little more money for the right appliances, you will find they save you money in the long run. They’ll require less repairs, and they won’t have to be replaced as often. Keep that in mind. Do your homework through Consumer Reports and CNET.
Can LP and Kitchenaid be Serviced in Your Area?
Be warned! Some of the so called superior brands are really hard to service in certain areas. They also have preferred repairmen who sometimes only do warranty work, but not the other stuff. Ultimately, you’ll end up paying more to have the products serviced. As a good rule of thumb, shop locally! Sometimes the mom and pop appliance store nearby is the best value. They typically have repairmen at their store who service the brands they carry. That means you don’t have to hunt for a certified serviceman. He’s right down the street!
Big Box Buys
If you purchase from Sears or Best Buy or some place like Home Depot, make sure there are service people near you! If you live in the country, some of these big box stores can’t come to your home quickly.
These are just a few things to factor into buying the right appliances.