The Dos and Donts Of Buying Your Appliances and White Goods
Purchasing appliances and white goods can be challenging at times. Not only can these items cost a decent amount of money, but they may also be required to handle heavy usage in order to meet your basic needs, such as keeping groceries cool, cooking food, washing dishes or washing laundry. Additionally, buying appliances and white goods entail some planning and research before laying down your cash or credit cards.
If you are in the market for these items, then check out our list of do’s and don’ts before purchasing appliances and white goods:
Perhaps, the biggest preparation before purchasing appliances and white goods is to take measurements. In addition to measuring the space where these items may be located, it is also a good idea to measure hallways and doorways to ensure that you can even get the items into your home or room.
For the desired locations in your home, you will need to measure the width of the space, the height and the depth. Do not assume that all appliances are built the same. A good example of this is a refrigerator. Not only do you need to measure the width and height of the space for your new fridge to fit, you should also measure the depth to make sure the fridge does not stick out too far into the kitchen.
In fact, measure everything three times to ensure accuracy.
When in the market for buying these items, look online to get reviews, consumer reports, ratings and price comparisons. This will arm you with invaluable information to make the best purchase possible. It is ill-advised to purchase these items without doing any research first. It is also best to go into a store to get these items because you will actually see what they look like in person instead of some pictures on a screen. This will help you better visualise how an appliance or white good will look in your home.
What Do You Really Need?
Ask yourself what you really need out of a new appliance. Identify the functions and features that will meet your daily demands and resist purchasing solely based on brand name, visual appeal or features that you will not even use.
Also, it is a good idea to identify your price range for appliances and white goods. This will help you to narrow down your search and keep you focused on items that fit within your budget. As mentioned, these items can be rather pricey.
Ideally, it is best to purchase brand new items. This will guarantee that the appliances and white goods are free of defects, operate as intended and come with a warranty. Additionally, purchase these items new from a reputable store that has a refund or money-back guarantee policy.
Ask Questions before Buying
When you go to a store, be sure to ask the salesperson some questions. Here are some questions you should go over with the sales rep before making any decision:
? What are some features that stand out?
? What’s the return rate on these?
? What do other consumers think about this item?
? What’s the warranty?
? Do I need to buy any additional items to ensure proper operation of the appliances?
? How loud are these items during operation?
? If there is any damage to the items, who will come out and repair them?
Get it Delivered
Most stores that sell appliances and white goods have delivery options. If you are purchasing a large item like a refrigerator or washer and dryer then it is best to have them deliver these white goods. Store deliveries will cover in-transit damage, carry the items into your home, and install them. The installation is worth any additional fees because they guarantee that the items will be professionally installed and work properly. Make sure you inspect the items for any defects that may have occurred during the delivery process.
After the appliances or white goods have been installed, make sure the technician shows you that the items are working properly. Check the following before the installers leave:
? There are no gas or fluid leaks.
? The appliance is level.
? The appliances are working properly.
? Anti-tipping mechanisms are installed, if necessary.
Read the Manual
Most consumers simply toss the instruction manuals into a drawer and forget about them. But, when purchasing appliances and white goods, it is important to learn about your item so that you do not cause any damage, can operate the appliance effectively, as well as knowing how to properly maintain and clean them.
When it comes to purchasing appliances and white goods, it is best to plan ahead, to be prepared, to know all about the item and to make smart decisions. Functionality is more important than extraneous features or visual appeal. Be smart, not impulsive.
Sara is an expert reviewer and writer at Appliance Reviewer - a comprehensive and unbiased online guide, which helps readers to buy the right appliances for their home. She moved from Manchester to London, where she studied electronics. At the same time, she was working as a freelance writer and also pursued her passion to be an independent interior designer. When she isn't writing or fixing things around the house, Sara can be found enjoying live music with her friends or relaxing in front of the fire with her dogs.