There are so many available styles, features, and technologies when it comes to choosing the best appliances for your new or remodeled home. Fortunately, there’s no need to be overwhelmed with our helpful guide. Read on to find out how to choose the right appliances and get the look and functionality you need.
Do Your Research
When it comes to choosing the right appliances, it’s important to research the different makes and models on the market. A good rule of thumb is to opt for energy-efficient models, which will help you save money on your electricity bill over time. It’s also essential to research the best deals and times to buy. For example, many retailers offer discounts when purchasing three or more appliances at once and additional discounts during holidays. By conducting thorough research, you could benefit from discounts big enough to buy higher-end appliances with all the features and style you want.
Consider the Layout of Your Home
To choose the right appliances, it’s imperative to consider the layout of your space. Think about the flow and traffic patterns of the space along with adjoining rooms and architectural or structural constraints. Your layout can either enhance or limit the types and sizes of appliances you buy. Being realistic about your layout will help you narrow down the perfect appliances. For example, stackable washer and dryers might save you space compared to top-loading machines.
Establish a Budget
Before you can choose the right appliances, you need to establish a budget that’s realistic for the size and scope of your project. Typically you should expect to spend at least $5,000 on kitchen appliances and $2,000 on a washer and dryer. However, more expensive appliances don’t always mean better quality. For example, Consumer Reports found that a $1,200 microwave and a $1,700 range actually performed worse than a $60 slow cooker. On the other hand, Consumer Reports found ranges and ovens that include induction cooking technology, ultra-quiet dishwashers, and French-door fridges add a lot of value to your home and provide a return on your investment.
Decide on Style and Finishes
With your budget and layout in mind, you can further narrow your options by choosing styles and finishes that complement your design. One popular luxury trend is to integrate appliances with cabinetry by using custom made panels. Stainless steel is another popular luxury trend because it looks good, and it’s durable and easy to clean. What’s more, you’ll want to consider how the handles, knobs, touchscreens, or illumination adds to the overall look you desire. If you’re having trouble choosing your appliances, try creating a mood board that integrates all the finishes you’re thinking about to visualize how they all look together.
It’s worth taking the time to do your research, consider your layout, establish a realistic budget, and think about styles and finishes before you buy. This will ensure that you choose the right appliances, and your new construction or remodeling project ends up being the project of your dreams. For more great tips visit the Falconcrest Homes blog.