After endless discussion, you decided to buy a house. It has plenty of room for your family, a big yard for your dog, and a great outdoor living space. Then you realize something: you need to buy appliances.
There’s no question that appliances tend to be forgotten among all the other home-related priorities. Whether you went with a new build or an existing home, things such as a dishwasher and refrigerator will be essential to your daily life. Here are a few things to keep in mind before you start buying these big-ticket items.
Set a budget
You can expect to spend thousands of dollars on new appliances. That said, don’t feel pressured to break the bank with this purchase. Ask about any discounted bundles and be open to lightly damaged products (small chips or dents) if it means significant savings.
Remember to take into account the purpose of each appliance. For example, all you need your washing machine to do is clean clothes. On the other hand, most families can probably get away with their oven and refrigerator not having Wifi connectivity.
You’d be surprised by how many people shop for appliances before having accurate measurements. As USA Today tells us, “While dishwashers and ranges are mostly standardized in their dimensions, refrigerator and laundry units vary wildly.” So make it a point to measure and then have your spouse or someone else you trust also measure — and then maybe measure a third time.
How often do you rely on customer reviews? Whether you’re interested in trying a new restaurant or want to see where to go for vacation, these reviews are invaluable. That’s why we also suggest checking out what people have to say about their appliances before you buy.
As you scroll through reviews, be mindful of negative comments. One user’s bad experience shouldn’t necessarily deter you from buying an appliance. However, if you notice a trend with these complaints, it may be best to move on with your search.
See the products in person
You can spend countless hours browsing reviews and coming up with an appliance wish list. But before you get too ahead of yourself, make time to visit an actual retailer. Doing so gives you the chance to note a product’s color or material in person.
This one ties back to the previous point about going to a physical store. Use your time wisely by asking as many questions as possible. A knowledgeable appliance specialist will be happy to provide additional insight and let you know if the products you’re considering make sense for your needs.
Lastly, don’t forget to have a sound understanding of the warranty and return policies before you leave the retailer. You’ll want to know what’s covered and what’s not covered. Experts will tell you about extended warranties.
Where’s the best place to buy major appliances
Consumer Reports has an entire resource dedicated to the top large appliance retailers. To summarize, Costco tops the list based on value. Big-box stores such as Home Depot, Lowe’s, Sears, and Best Buy rank average to above average.
We also learn from this article that many shoppers have success when negotiating prices. Whether you’re chatting with a representative online or in a store, don’t hesitate to ask for a discount. Even getting them to offer free delivery, installation, or haul-away goes a long way in the end.
Where to buy appliances online
Take your pick from an extensive selection of online appliance retailers. Top choices include Appliances Connection, Abt, AJ Madison, and Amazon. Again, do your research ahead of time, especially if you’d rather not buy in person.
When to make your purchase
It would certainly be helpful to make such a large purchase at the most reasonable time. The good thing is that there are numerous appliance sales throughout the year, including for Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Black Friday. Don’t get sucked into buying something you don’t need or can’t afford just because of a sale — buy the appliances you need on your terms.
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