Yes, it’s just about time! Our refrigerator is on it’s last leg and now we are on the hunt for a new one! But where to begin? Does shopping for the perfect appliance strike fear in you? There are so many different types of appliances out there and so many bells and whistles to take into consideration! YIKES! HOW DOES ONE KNOW WHERE TO BEGIN!!! Don’t worry, I’ve learned a whole lot throughout this process and I’m ready to share some helpful tips about buying the perfect appliances for you and your home!
Not only will I be sharing tips but you will get a chance to see my kitchen over the last couple years and seasons!
As you can see in this picture, our frig is ancient… over 25 years old. And it’s starting to give us trouble! So, I’ve been on the hunt for a new and perfect refrigerator for our kitchen!
This post is sponsored by SEARS. But as I was in the process of hunting for the perfect refrigerator I have found that Sears has an AMAZING appliance department, great services and experts in the field that are very helpful. The opinions in this post are 100 % mine. I would highly recommend you check out SEARS when choosing your next appliance!
Now, here’s my top 10 when choosing the perfect appliance!
KNOW YOUR SPACE
Notice the size of the space for a frig in my kitchen is small and tight. I can’t afford to make a measuring mistake!
The most basic thing for you to know when shopping for a new appliance is the space your new appliance will go in. Whether new construction or needing to fit an appliance into an existing space we need to know the height and width and depth of that area. Measure twice! It’s important to get it right! And write it down.
My local Sears
SEARS has the most wonderful video guides as well as informative articles (click HERE and scroll down the page to “BUYING GUIDES-RESEARCH BEFORE YOU BUY”) to help find our perfect appliances. I love love love the videos! They helped so much by explaining the different “types” of any given appliances out there and how they should be used in a room. They also talk about price points and styles. I learned so much and the refrigerator video educated me about “french door” refrigerators, the refrigerator I’m thinking about getting! If you are thinking about an appliance, make sure to watch these! Seriously, a fabulous feature of the SEARS experience!
KNOW YOUR BUDGET
Let’s not break the bank on these big ticket items! Have a budget and try to fit the appliance to your budget. This is so hard for me. I love the upgrades! Love those industrial sizes! They are so so gorgeous, but not in my budget right now. As you become more knowledgable about the appliance you are looking for you will have a more realistic idea of what is reasonable to spend.
Now the flip side of this is to not be so stringent that you are passing up something that would be a better fit for you and your family over the long haul because it’s more than you wanted to spend. You might need to save a little longer in order to get what you want or need. See the SEARS videos and articles to learn about price points.
I went to SEARS with a budget in mind and they had tons of refrigerators in almost any brand I could think of! I made an appointment to “talk to the expert” and Helen, my personal expert, filtered through the refrigerators and guided me towards the ones that would fit my budget. LOVE this!
KNOW WHAT’S OUT THERE
In other words, do your homework before you step into an appliance showroom! Have some idea about what’s new and what you are looking for.
A frig that fits my space
Again, head to the SEARS APPLIANCE PAGE page and learn about the different kinds, styles, brands, features, price points and lots of other info to be an informed buyer in this process! Remember to scroll down the SEARS page to “BUYING GUIDES-RESEARCH BEFORE YOU BUY.
Check it out it’s soooo interesting!
ASK AN EXPERT
Yes, it really helps to have a knowledgable, not pushy, friendly person to guide us through the process of buying an appliance. If a sales person is pushy… LEAVE!!! They are not interested in fitting you and your home with the best appliance, they are only concerned with a sale. These are NOT the kind of experts to listen to. Find a store that has very knowledgable, engaging experts that want to help YOU.
I met with an expert at SEARS. Helen was FABULOUS!!! She has 27 years of experience and knew all the ins and outs of the appliances in her store. She sat down with me and asked me lots of questions about my family and home and how I would use my refrigerator. We discussed brands and features and styles. She also took the measurements of the refrigerator space I brought along. Combining all the info, she helped me narrow down my refrigerator search to a few good choices! I love that I wasn’t floundering in isles of refrigerators!!!!! The ones she pointed me to were just what I was looking for. Helen, you’re the best!!! Thanks!
Go to the SEARS page and look for a blue box on the topish right side of the page labeled “MEET WITH AN EXPERT”. Click on that and you can watch a video about how to make an appointment and what to expect, or scroll down and make an appointment right then and there. Check it out. So so easy!!!! LOVE THIS!!!!
TAKE YOUR TIME
Don’t rush this process. You don’t need to buy right away. If you are like me, you may need time to think about all you have learned and the options you have!
When I got home from SEARS I found a great, professional, email titled… “YOUR SHOPPING RECAP, helping you make the best buying decision”. I was blown away. I got a very nice note from Helen with pictures of the refrigerators I was looking at, all the info and the prices. She had also found a couple more choices not on the floor, so she added them in the email too. This will really help me make my choice!
SHOP THE SALES
You know you don’t have to pay full price… so don’t! If you can, wait for sales. I don’t mind waiting for big sales!
The refrigerator I liked best was $700.00 off! Not bad!!!!
MAKE AN INFORMATIVE DECISION
Now that you are armed with lots of information you should be better equipped to make the right decision for you, your family and home!
ASK ABOUT DELIVERY
When you are ready to buy, make sure to ask about delivery? How much it will cost, will your appliance be set up by someone, how to get free delivery and how long it will take to be delivered to your home. Don’t assume anything!
My daughter ordered something over 200 pounds and it was delivered to her curb. No further! She was alone and had to call her husband home from work to help get it off the street. You do not want that experience!
Sears offers free or very inexpensive delivery!
KNOW HOW TO GET RID OF YOUR OLD APPLIANCE
Make sure to ask if the store you are dealing with will help you dispose of your old appliance if you are not using it.
In our area, PPL (our electric company) will pay me $35.00 to come and take a working appliance away. Pretty sweet! Helen, my SEARS expert, told me that! Again, thanks Helen!!!
KNOW YOUR WARRANTY OR SERVICE PLAN… AND USE IT!
How many of us know exactly what our appliance warranty covers? Not me, I’m sorta ashamed to admit! But I should! If there is a problem with an appliance I should have an idea about “coverage”. It’s good to put our warranty and all important papers INCLUDING THE SALES RECEIPT in a safe and accessible place.
Have my eye on these too!
I’m not a protection plan kind of a girl, but when it comes to large ticket items it’s nice to be informed. I think the protection plan on the refrigerator I’m looking at was a pretty good deal at SEARS. It included yearly check-ups and maintenance! Still thinking about that one.
I hope these tips will help guide you to the perfect appliance and create a pleasant buying experience. Please check out SEARS! Honestly, I could not be more pleased with my experience with them! Thanks Sears for all your help in this post!
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