5 Things Must Know for Buying Appliances

A major appliance is a major purchase. So be smart before you shop with these often-overlooked tips.


Budget

How much are you able to afford to spend in total on the appliances? This is probably the most important consideration in case you are looking to buy several appliances. Your budget will decide the quality of the items. However, there are methods of stretching your budget so you don’t must buy cheap kitchen appliances. For example, you could seek out what is called (scratch and dent items). These are new items but that is slightly imperfect and sometimes the imperfection can be minor a lot so that it is invisible but the appliance cannot be sold at full cost and so is discounted.

 


Plan Ahead

Consider what happens when you decide at the last minute to take a vacation to the beach. When you go online to book it, ticket prices are astronomical. Yet, had you planned your trip out over the last 6 months, you would have had plenty of time to find a good deal.

The same is true when it comes to buying a major appliance. If you plan ahead, you will have plenty of time to find a good deal before you desperately need the appliance. This is because there are certain times of year that are best for purchasing washers and dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators, stoves/ranges, and the like.

 

Learn From Others’ Mistakes

Shopping for new appliances can be frustrating and so it pays to do some homework before you start. You can easily get feedback from appliances review sites as well as your friends and family will be willing to share their appliance-related delights and bitter disappointments. You may also ask if which features please them most, how often they’ve had to call for repairs, and what they’d do differently if they could do it again.

 

Never Make an Impulse Buy

Another friend of mine almost bought a car once because it had really great cup holders. You can avoid similar behavior in an appliance showroom by making a list of your priority features and staple it to a list of competing showrooms and web retailers so you can compare the best model with the best combination of features at the best price. Remember! Never fall for a pretty face. It would be good if you ask a friend with a level head to come along.


Don’t be shy about haggling

When purchasing appliances, effective haggling is part of preparation work, part attitude. Start by researching market price, and time your purchase to the months when retailers make room for the next year’s models (spring for refrigerators, fall for cooking appliances, winter for washers and dryers). That will help you negotiate from a position of power, but remember that being polite to the salesperson can get you a better deal. If you don’t mind minor blemishes or minimal wear and tear, ask about discounts on floor models. Remember to inquire about free delivery and installation.

 

You will be better off if you can plan a new appliance purchase in advance. But even if you run your old appliances into the ground, you still have opportunities to get a good deal. So briefly these are points you need to seriously think about before you actually go out to buy appliances.