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Tips on Buying Home Appliances

18 April 2018 No Comment

If you have your own house then at one point you’ll have to buy at one or two home appliances, be it a cooker, a refrigerator or even an electric kettle. The good things is that they are now several players in the home appliance market giving you a wide range of choices to choose from.

On the other hand, having too many brands presents a dilemma to you as the consumer since, for most of the time, it seems that is only the manufacturer’s logo that sets these appliances apart because they look so similar. So, as a consumer, what do you look or when you are shopping for a home appliance?

Here a few tips to help you out with how to go about buying home appliances.

Know your requirements

Have at least a rough idea of the specifications of the appliance you are looking for. The specifications to consider include the physical dimensions, design, color, performance, power rating and energy efficiency. These are just some of the main features you should look for when buying home appliances.

If it is a replacement to an old or faulty appliance, then the same specifications will just work fine but be sure to ask if there is an upgrade on it.

Convenience

E-commerce and the internet has made it easier for consumers to purchase products from the convenience and comfort of their homes, pay online and have them delivered to their doorstep. If you are looking for home appliance and you don’t have time to walk from one store to the next checking appliances and doing comparisons then you should definitely consider looking into making an online purchase.

Even if you prefer the assurance that comes with looking at the physical product in a store, the internet is still a good place to do your research concerning prices and the comparisons between various brands.

Set your budget

You’ll never make your mind if you go shopping without a budget in mind. A budget helps you narrow down your search to appliances within your price range and saves you a lot of time.

Shipment costs

Whether you are the shopper who has to physically check an appliance or an online shopper, there is usually extra shipment costs besides the actual cost of the home appliances. This because you can’t transport a home appliance the size of a refrigerator or a washing machine in the trunk of your car, unless you own a pickup truck.

So you’ll find that you have to carter for the transportation costs for the appliance to reach your home. Even most online stores charge a delivery fee depending on how far away you are from their warehouses.

That said, there are some stores that provide free shipping to specific destinations and it is better to ask from the dealer before you make the payment. Sometimes the shipment cost is already factored in the cost of the appliance.

Warranty

A warranty is your insurance against loss should the appliance be faulty or malfunction by itself without any damage from your own doing. Ask for a warranty agreement and sign after purchasing the appliance. The Warranty Guides Website provides tips on what to do should that happen. Usually, it will be taken for repair at the manufacturer’s cost or replaced with another one.

Return policy

Know the return policy of the store you are buying your appliance from. Stores with no-return will not accept your appliance should it fail or malfunction.

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