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


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

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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A Fresh Start

Buying a home can feel like an unending quest. The good news is that work is done. The other – not bad – news is that you still have decisions to make.

Are you satisfied with the look of your home? Do you plan to put in new flooring and window treatments or to repaint? If so and your budget allows it, consider getting these projects finished before moving in.

All of these are easier to manage before your furniture arrives. Removing old flooring can create a lot of dust. Installers find it easier to focus on the job when they don’t have to manage your furniture at the same time. Window treatments eliminate the need for temporary window coverings, and their look can affect your choice of paint color in each room.

Be sure to measure all of your new rooms and make a preliminary plan for where each major piece of furniture will fit. This makes moving faster and smoother for you and your movers, as well as potentially less expensive if you’re paying by the hour. You may want to label all of your boxes for the appropriate rooms to make unpacking more efficient.

Once you’ve settled in, take some time before buying any additional furniture or hanging pictures. Give yourself a chance to get comfortable in your home before you make decisions on what else it needs. With your choice of flooring, window coverings and paint taken care of, it will be easier to complete your decorating plans.

Five Questions to Ask Yourself when Replacing a Floor

When it’s time to replace a room’s flooring, the following questions may help you focus your shopping experience.

  1. What purpose does the room have now and what purpose do you anticipate in the future? Today’s den may be tomorrow’s nursery or once a child leaves home their room may become a guest room. Good flooring will last a long time. Think about current and future plans for the room.
  2. What expectations do you have for the new flooring? Is low maintenance or style the most important goal? Write a list of your expectations in terms of performance. Your salesperson can help you narrow your search based on that information.
  3. Will that room stay in its current style or evolve in a new direction? Has your taste changed over the years? Make sure that you choose flooring that will allow you to make other changes in the future.
  4. Are there any color requirements or preferences for the room? Be sure to choose flooring to work with future color plans.
  5. What are your budget goals for replacing the flooring? You may be willing to spend a bit more if the flooring you choose will enhance the resale value. Having a least a budget range in mind will help your salesperson direct you to the appropriate options.

Finding the answers to these questions will give you a good start to your shopping efforts, making your flooring selection easier and more enjoyable.