Whether you are remodeling or building your dream home, you will more than likely be purchasing one, if not several, new appliances. There are so many brands and models on the market, how do you decide which one is right for you and your family? The following are some elements you will want to take into consideration:
Energy efficiency can come in a couple of forms. First, in the amount of energy required to operate the specific appliance. Second, if the appliance such as a washer or dishwasher uses water, how much energy does it take to heat water during its use. The Energy Guide Label readily provides you with this information. Also, look for the Energy Star label. Energy Star qualified appliances use anywhere from 10-50 percent less energy than their counterparts.
Are there any size restrictions in your floor plan? What is the width and height of the opening for your refrigerator? Is there room for a standard dishwasher or do you need to look at a smaller model? There is nothing more disheartening than having a new appliance delivered only to find out it doesn't fit into its location.
Does your interior design call for a particular style and color and is it available in the appliance you are considering for your project?
What is the size of your family? Do you entertain a lot? These factors can contribute to the size of washer, dryer, dishwasher, refrigerator and freezer you might need. You may need a washer with a larger capacity to handle the large amount of laundry you and your family generates. Or you may need a smaller machine, which uses less energy, because with this move you are downsizing and your laundry needs have decreased.
The prices will vary, sometimes greatly, between models. Compare the features, ongoing energy costs, capacity and size of each of the models you are considering to get an "apples to apples" comparison for what is a the best price. Check for incentives from your local utility or state government. Maryland eliminates sales tax on some appliances with an Energy Star label while California and Connecticut have rebate programs that will refund part of the purchase price for certain new energy-efficient appliances. With today's Internet, there is a significant amount of information available to you on all appliances. Take some time in selecting your appliances. Make sure the options you are paying for are ones you really want and need. With research and planning, you can have state of the art appliances in your dream home, all within your budget. When working with UBuildIt, you will have access to Sears' Appliance Select™ program which has Selection Consultants who will work with you on all your appliance needs.