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appliances the smart way
|When you add up
all the money that you can spend on home appliances and fixtures
it becomes obvious that you need to spend wisely and carefully
to keep costs under control. These items tend to be some of the
larger ticket purchases around the home and lots of money can be
wasted if buying isn't done properly.
One of the most important suggestions for buying appliances and fixtures the
smart way is to decide before you begin shopping exactly how
much money you wish to spend, or what will fit in your budget.
Surprisingly, this is often not done until the customer is
already in the store. Unfortunately, the heart often takes over
when looking over the latest high-tech gadgets and features on
the item being considered and results in the purchase of a much
more expensive item than is truly needed. So take some time to
decide exactly what your spending limit is before you even begin
to shop and then stick to your guns on that decision all the way
through the buying process.
It's also a good idea to research your buy before you start looking at
actual products themselves. These days there are many consumer
publications that help you make a wise choice on a broad range
of consumer items, including home appliances and fixtures. They
extensively test the major brands and give their unbiased
opinions on a wide variety of features and issues related to
each product. This is valuable information that can't be had
almost anywhere else, so take good advantage of it. You can find
most of these publications available for free at your local
library. This kind of research will also help you decide in
advance exactly which features are most important to you and
which should be avoided as unnecessary expenses, in other words,
invest your hard-earned money into essentials not features.
Always opt for better quality over more features too.
Don't just assume that buying locally is the smartest move either.
Sometimes, the same item can be found online at a much lower
price than is possible locally and you can often even avoid
sales tax on an online purchase too. Be careful though and
determine how much installation is needed for any item you make
and factor installation costs in with any purchase that doesn't
include those costs in the purchase price.
It may seeem like a simple thing, but be sure to measure very carefully to
determine that the item you want to buy will fit in the space
that you have designated for it in your home. Surprisingly, this
is something that is often overlooked until the delivery of the
product and can result in plenty of unnecessary aggravation.
Just get the measuring tape out in advance and know the space
required to save this headache from happening to you.
Finally, consider the warranty on the items you want to buy. Be sure to ask
questions in advance so that you know what the warranty will
cover and how long it will last. Also, will you have to send the
appliance out to be repaired under warranty or is home repair
covered under the warranty contract?
If you follow these simple, effective guidelines, buying home appliances and
fixtures will be a breeze and you will make smart purchases that
will last and give you good service for many years.
About the author:
Duane Lipham is the senior editor of
http://www.kitchens.dlbws.comwhere you can find free
information and advice on kitchen design and finding the right
kitchen products and appliances at the lowest price possible.