Moving into a new home or renovating your current home might be reason enough to buy all-new major appliances. Since replacing all your appliances is going to add up pretty quickly, you want to be sure that the large outlay of money is going to be worth it in the long run. Cutting corners just to save a few dollars might leave you with an appliance that does not meet your needs, so be sure to get the best appliances you can afford.
Make A List
Appliances are expensive, so it is important that you know what you need when you start shopping for them. If you want a front-loading washer or a flat-top range, you need to make a point to look at those specifically. Making a list of the "must haves" is a great way to get started. You can put things on the list that you want and make a section of the list where you list the things you might not need but would like. Being flexible is okay, but just make sure that you get what you need on the list so you go shopping with a good starting point.
Deciding What To Replace
When you are ready to start thinking about what you will replace, look closely at what you have already. If you just bought a new washer and dryer recently, you might not need to look at those at all. If you are unhappy with a new appliance that you bought, you may still want to replace those with something different, but you will need to decide if it is worth spending the money for another a replacement so soon. If you do replace something that is fairly new, you might want to try and trade in or sell the appliance you are not happy with and make something back on it to offset the cost of the new one.
Matching Sets For Your Home
Some manufacturers make appliances that are all designed to sell as a matched set. The stove, refrigerator, and the dishwasher all matching is a great way to set a tone or style in the room. If they all carry the same warranty from the same company, it will certainly make servicing them easier.
Delivery and Installation
Once you decide on your appliances, check with the retailer about delivery and installation options. Most major home centers will offer you delivery, and many will install the appliances for you. If they don't, you may want to consider shopping around because delivery can be a big issue if you don't have a way to move the appliance yourself. Installation may not be a big problem, as most appliances just plug in, but if you have a gas stove or a refrigerator with an ice maker in it, you might need some help to get them working properly. You could call the gas company to come install the gas to your stove, but it would be a charge on your bill that might not be necessary.