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5 Things You Need To Know Before You Upgrade Your Home Appliances

Posted by Chris Devin April 27, 2014 08:57 PM

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Major appliances can cost a bundle and that can make buying new ones stressful. To help you make the right investment, follow these five tips from the appliance gurus at h.g. Gregg:

1. See whatís new to you.

The average appliance lasts about eight years, so itís likely whatever appliance youíre buying will have different features and technology than your old appliance.

Do some research online (Consumer Reports is a great place to start) before heading to the store to see what new features appliance manufacturers have come up with, like sound reduction technology for your washer or a door alarm for your fridge.


2. Does It Meet Your Needs?

Why consider the oven with 10 cubic feet of total oven capacity, when your main food group is frozen pizza? Popular state-of-the-art features like warming drawers or bottom mount freezers can be attractive, and useful, but make sure the feature meets your needs before you splurge.

If you entertain a lot or know youíll be hosting Thanksgiving dinner, keep these needs in mind, but donít overspend on unnecessary perks.

3. Consider Resale Value

Investing in high-demand appliances like stainless steel refrigerators or dryers with noise-reduction technology may seem expensive now, but also may be worth the investment in the long run.

If youíre considering selling your home within the next five years, your resale value could be higher if you have appliances that stand out on the housing market. But you have to match the appliance to the house. Putting in super luxury appliances in an entry-level home, or putting stripped-down appliances in a move-up home may not be a good idea.

Iím in and out of houses all the time, so I know what appliances are typical. Contact me or click Article Feedback below if youíre not sure what kind of appliances are commonly found in the homes in your neighborhood.

4. Match Appliance To Your Space

Keep the amount of space you have for your new appliance in mind when making your purchase. Before you shop, measure exactly how tall or wide you need your new addition to be.

Aside from width and height, donít forget to consider how far your gas pipe juts out from the wall, your kitchenís ability to accommodate the swing of a French door refrigerator, or if your mudroomís high-traffic area would best suit a top-loading washer.

5. Know The Energy Cost

When making an appliance upgrade, be conscious of the amount of energy your current appliance is using. Will the new appliance use more or less energy?

A huge increase in your energy bill would be a letdown after investing your time and money into a new dishwasher.

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For more information or if you are looking to buy or sell real estate in the Quincy area and need some expert advice feel free to reach out to John Balzano by clicking here.

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