1. Plan before you buy
When making a major purchase, common sense, friendly advice, and a little chutzpah can prevent buyer’s remorse. Prioritize a list of must-have features, do comparative research online, poll friends on their appliance likes and dislikes, and bring one of them to the store as your wingman, running interference against impulse buys and pushy salespeople. And don’t be afraid negotiate for the best price or, at least, free delivery.
2. Timing is everything
For the best deals, shop when discounts are offered on last year’s models to make room for new ones coming in. Specifically, May is the best month for refrigerators, September and October are great for everything else, and come January, whatever remains will be reduced even more. Also, shopping towards the end of any month may give you extra bargaining power due to monthly quotas and commissions coming to a close.
3. Keep that air moving
Many household items such as refrigerators, dryers, air conditioners, purifiers, humidifiers, and dehumidifiers require air to flow freely in order to function optimally and reduce energy. Aid the process by not overstocking the refrigerator, moving air treatment units away from walls and bulky furniture, clean and replace filters often, and keep coils and vents free from dust, hair and other debris.
4. Donating made easy, and profitable
Many charitable organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and the Salvation Army make it easy for you to donate your unwanted household appliances. Although inoperable units are occasionally accepted, they typically will pick up items in good working condition that are “saleable”. What’s more, these donated items are tax-deductible too, with values generally ranging from $20-$350, making it a win-win for everyone.
5. Nothing lasts forever
Regular maintenance extends the life of any large household device, but knowing expected life-spans can help you decide if it’s better to repair or replace. Typically, items such as trash compactors, mini-fridges, humidifiers, and dehumidifiers can last 5-8 years, while generally the life-span of full-size refrigerators, dryers, dishwashers and freezers is a decade or more, and you can expect your electric or gas range to last roughly 5 years longer.
6. To color, or not to color
Going for color in your home’s large appliances can be tricky, because that limits your decorating palette. Also, if you buy several in a splashy new color and have to replace one down the road, it might not be available anymore because manufacturers quickly discontinue lines that don’t sell well. Practicality seems to drive and dominate the market, as neutral finishes like stainless steel, white, and black are most popular.