Preparing to Buy Appliances

Learn to be a Smart Appliance Customer

When was the last time you bought a new car? I'm guessing that you did your homework before heading to the car dealerships to put up tens of thousands of dollars on a new vehicle. It makes sense then to also spend some time preparing to spend thousands of dollars on new appliances for your home. Here are some general tips before you head out the door.

Have a flexible and realistic appliance budget.

Think about your budget. A basic appliance package by one of the big 3 (GE, Whirlpool, Frigidaire) including a range, mico-hood, refrigerator, and dishwasher will cost a minimum of $3500-$5000. At the other extreme, luxury homes valued well into 7 or even 8 figures are going to need luxury appliances. Considering that a single built-in refrigerator will commonly cost over $10,000, and that's just one appliance, a full-fledged luxury kitchen can easily run into several tens of thousands.

Consider your lifestyle

coffee-maker

Built-In Coffee Maker

Consider extras such as Built-in Coffee-Makers, Wine or Beverage Coolers, Icemakers, or Steam-Convection Ovens. These will run up the bill, but for some people they are worth the extra, and they'll definitely make a statement.

Appliances should enhance your home value, up to a point.

One of the biggest concerns, in my view, is to choose appliances that “belong” in the house. If you live in an average middle class subdivision, be careful in buying luxury appliances because you are unlikely to recover the value when you sell your home. There are some exceptions if the neighborhood is changing character, or if for example you are a dedicated chef who can justify a commercial grade range without regard to resale value.

Luxury-Kitchen

Luxury Kitchen

Similarly, if you are in an area of custom homes, perhaps in a gated country club community, be prepared to commit to high end luxury appliances. Nothing can reduce a luxury home's value more than using standard finishes and brands where custom or luxury brands are expected.

These are just a few tips to get you thinking. A good place to go from here is to discuss these principles with your builder or designer. Of course, for the best selection of appliances of all the top brands as well as specialty brands, be sure to consult the experts at Arizona Wholesale Supply.


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How To Choose Flooring For A Kid’s Room

 

Flooring choices today seem nearly endless. There are products made of nearly every conceivable material in both hard and resilient tile, planks, and carpets. Homeowners installing new flooring in a room of their home have a lot of choices to consider. These choices become even more important when the flooring is going into an area predominately used by kids.

Kids’ Flooring Considerations

While style or sustainability may be factors that you look for in the flooring used through the rest of the house, there are several other considerations that need to come to the forefront of the decision for kids’ room flooring.

What How the Room Is Used

A room that is used for crafts and playtime will need a very different floor than a room used mostly for sleeping or reading. Consider how the kids will use the flooring – be down on it playing? Painting and drawing up above it? – when making your choice.

Clean Up

Whether this is a playroom or a bedroom, most parents are aware that kids floors tend to get messy. Spilled paint from a craft project or an overturned cup can quickly create a stain that requires some attention. That’s why choosing either a product that doesn’t stain such as porcelain or vinyl tiles, or a product that can be easily cleaned like stain resistant carpeting make better choices than something like natural stone that could absorb the stains. Eliminating things like grout joints, seams, and other places that can collect dirt is also a wise move in helping to keep the flooring looking great over time.

Resiliency

Some kids like to play rough. Others like to wrestle, and some occasionally are known to drop things. When considering the flooring, take its resiliency into consideration as well. Carpeting, vinyl, linoleum, and cork can all be softer underfoot cushioning falls and making for a more comfortable play surface.

Color and Style

Kids’ rooms should be a reflection of their personalities and things they do there. Consider choosing flooring that can be laid in a variety of colors or patterns or that comes in bold colors that can complement the rest of the kids’ décor.

Choose Wisely

The flooring in your home should last for as long as the room you put it into does. Make a wise choice considering the flooring in a kid’s room to help ensure it outlasts their activities. 

Choosing Appliance Brands

Which Appliance Brand is Best for You?

The Importance of Brand Positioning

 

When shopping for appliances it's important to select the appliance brand that best fits your needs. Buyers must know how the brands they are considering are “positioned” in the marketplace. Positioning was introduced by marketing gurus Jack Trout and Al Ries. They defined positioning as the niche that a brand occupies in the mind of the consumer.

For example, consider the name Wal-Mart. What comes to mind? Most consumers would say, “Low Price”. Consider the name, Nordstrom. Consumers might say, “Luxury”. Similarly, individual appliance brands occupy a specific niche in buyers minds. Appliance brands not only develop their marketing plan around their brand positioning, but the features, the prices, and even the retailers that they choose to carry their brands are representative of their brand positioning. Understanding where an appliance brand is positioned can help you to get the best fit for your specific circumstances.

For example, suppose you have just purchased a luxury home in an exclusive country club. You wouldn't want an appliance brand designed for entry-level buyers. Similarly, for a family just starting out with a small home in modest neighborhood, appliances geared toward large custom homes wouldn't make sense.

Here's how various appliance brands are positioned.

Value Brands

Amana is a value brand. As such, the Amana brand is priced low and has limited features and model selection. It's a good choice for budget-minded consumers. Other brands that fit this niche would include Hotpoint and to some extent Frigidaire.

Mass Brands

Mass brands are brands that cover the broad spectrum of consumer needs in the middle of the market. They cover a wide range of price points and features and are the choice of the largest group of buyers. Mass brands include Whirlpool, Maytag, and Frigidaire.

Premium Brands

Premium brands often overlap with the mass brands, but go on to occupy a niche of their own where the mass brands don't participate. Brands such as KitchenAid, Bosch, and Samsung fit into the premium niche.

Super Premium Brands

A new niche for appliance brands has developed in recent years as the Luxury appliance market has expanded. This category is often described as Super Premium. Super premium brands are on the brand spectrum below luxury brands and are generally less exclusive, yet they have many features and characteristics of the luxury brands. These brands would include Jenn-Air, Dacor, Electrolux, and Thermador.

Luxury Brands

In the luxury category, consumers would select from Sub Zero/Wolf, Gaggenau, Miele, and Viking. These products are positioned for the custom home market, and are featured and priced accordingly.

There are no rules to define the various categories and some brands straddle categories. Viking, for example has extended its brand downward into the super premium niche with freestanding refrigerators, and over-the-range microwaves.

It's best to consult a professional to make sure that your brand preferences are aligned with your home and your lifestyle. The experts at Arizona Wholesale Supply Company are familiar with all the brand profiles and can guide you through this process.

For more information call or visit the experts at Arizona Wholesale Supply .

Appliances, floor coverings, window treatments, and more

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Phoenix 602 258-7901, Scottsdale 480 596-0092, Tucson 520 795-4663

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