While buying kitchen and laundry appliances doesn’t have to be a source of stress, the truth is that it often is. But it makes sense, when you consider that most people only wind up buying appliances in emergency situations, such as when the refrigerator dies or the clothes dryer no longer gets hot. When you’re thinking about buying new home appliances in Houston, MO—or when a sudden emergency forces you into it—here are some tips that can help make the process less daunting, less time-consuming and maybe even less costly.
- Talk to your friends and family. There are so many brands of appliances, and so many different varieties within each brand, that you can easily get overwhelmed before you even start looking. One way to avoid going crazy is by seeking the input of people you know. Everyone’s had good and bad experiences with appliances, and they’ll be happy to share their thoughts with you. Don’t forget to take notes!
- Have a plan. One of the worst things you can do is just stroll into an appliance store and expect to just find something, and one reason it’s a bad approach is that you’re more likely to make an ill-considered purchase. Instead, be prepared—make a list of what you’re looking for in your new appliance, have a budget in mind, take measurements to be sure you don’t wind up with something that won’t fit in your home, and shop around.
- Recognize your wants and needs. Think about what you use your appliance for, and consider the aspects of your soon-to-be-replaced appliance that you just can’t stand. What do you need out of your new appliance? What features would you like it to have that you would also reasonably expect to use? Don’t fixate on what you might potentially want—think about what works for your lifestyle, and limit your search accordingly.
- Compare noise levels. Here’s something not many people will think to do, but consider how potential washers and dryers, and even vacuum cleaners, stack up against one another in the volume department. If you’re planning to do your laundry while you relax in front of the TV, is the noise from the washer and dryer going to ruin your good time?
- Don’t forget about add-ons. One of the cruelest surprises is the realization that your fancy new appliance requires an additional component or a modification to your existing setup that you hadn’t considered. Will you need new ventilation components for your new dryer? What about a more powerful exhaust fan for your powerful new stove? These things will add to your cost, and it’s best if that isn’t a surprise.
- Plan ahead for repairs. Many appliance stores offer repair services as well, but this is a good thing to verify before making any major purchases. You don’t want to be stuck with an appliance that no one in town will be able to repair.
Buying new home appliances in Houston, MO, should be exciting, and doing some advance planning can help make it so. At Crowley’s Homeworks, you can bet that you’ll find the appliance you need with the help of a trustworthy salesperson. We hope you enjoy your experience!