Whether your appliances are on their last legs, or you are moving and want to start all over again in a new suburb, this brief guide will help you buy the right appliances for your home.
A majority of younger buyers usually don’t know where to begin or how to choose when looking for new appliances because it’s their first appliance purchase. They are most likely to buy what they see first. And that would mean missing out on a lot of better options as well as discounts, warranties, buy-back offers, on-site repairs and general maintenance.
When it comes to buying home appliances, it is important to factor in energy ratings as well, which we will discuss later in this article.
So, let’s dive right into it.
#1 Know your space and budget
Nothing’s worse than buying an expensive appliance and later realizing that it doesn’t fit. This usually happens when you are upgrading your refrigerator, oven or washing machine.
Before you set out to buy a new appliance, measure the space or jot down the dimensions of your existing appliance that fits perfectly. This is important because even a slightly bigger appliance can give you serious space constraints, especially in cramped kitchens and bathrooms.
The market is full of options that can easily derail you from the budget that you have set for yourself. For instance, if you have a budget of $1000 for a refrigerator, try not to shop outside your margin of +-5%, or else you might end up buying a fridge that’s too expensive for you.
#2 Know Your Warranty and Service Plans
Home appliances are built to last for decades, but some may break down due to a manufacturing defect or a fault in your lines. Whatever be the case, you should be prepared for such contingencies.
When you are buying an appliance, enquire about its warranty and service plans. Generally, an appliance warranty is somewhere around 2 years, but there are some manufacturers that offer an extended warranty at an additional one-time premium. If you are buying a cheaper appliance that doesn’t come with a warranty, you might be saving a couple of hundred bucks now but that could cost you double in repairs in the future. So, it is always recommended to go with the longest warranty.
Also, enquire about the transportation and installation charges beforehand so that there are no hidden surprises or disagreements later.
#3 Energy Efficiency
The energy rating of an appliance can make a huge difference in its long-term running cost. Unless you are using one of the cheapest electricity providers in Sydney or wherever you are based, you should factor in the energy efficiency of the appliance before making a purchase.
To offer you some perspective, appliances with a 3-star energy rating are cheaper than the ones with a 5-star rating. But if you do the math, you will realize that the difference in price will be recouped in less than 2 years by the low running cost of a 5-star-rated appliance. And from thereon, you will enjoy significant energy savings every quarter.
#4 Disposing of the Old Appliance
People often forget to get rid of their old appliances before buying new ones. This should be planned in advance to avoid space issues. There are several ways to get rid of your old appliance. You can donate it, sell it to a junkyard, opt for a buy-back offer at the dealership or use it as a secondary appliance in another room.
If you don’t need a new appliance immediately, you can wait for the seasonal discounts or festive sales. You will be amazed at how much you can save during a big sale.