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When Should You Purchase New Appliances for Your Kitchen?

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Remodeled kitchen with new appliancesHow many times a day do you go into your kitchen? Five, eight, ten times? Let’s say on average, you make a trip to your kitchen eight times a day. It may not seem like a lot but if you think about it, it means you end up looking at the same kitchen with the same old appliances nearly 3,000 times each year. After some time, that can get pretty boring. If you’re tired of looking at the same appliances in your kitchen year after year, replacing them with new ones seems like a good idea.

However, before you make that decision, take some time to think about a few things.

Is Remodeling Your Kitchen Something You Can Afford?

For starters, you need to determine whether you can afford to have a kitchen remodel or not. In this economy, we all need to cut back on unnecessary spending regardless of how much money we have stashed in our bank accounts. Remodeling your kitchen and buying an entirely new set of kitchen appliances is going to cost a lot of money. You have to think long and hard about whether you really need to do it now or if you can postpone it for a couple more years.

A Remodeled Kitchen Doesn’t Have to Mean You Have to Buy New Appliances

You don’t always need to buy new appliances to give your kitchen a whole new look. If your refrigerator, cooker, dishwasher, and microwave oven are still in good working condition but you desperately want to give your kitchen a fresh look, first try repainting the walls or changing the fixtures. Sometimes, these small changes are enough to give your kitchen the facelift that you want, which certainly is more cost-effective than going ahead and buying an entirely new items.

When It’s a Good Time to Buy New Appliances

Now, when your products have been with you for 10 years or even more, it puts a different light on the subject. Kitchen appliances that are at least a decade old are probably running at very low performance levels and using up at least twice more electricity than they did when they were new. In this case, consider buying new ones to replace them. The new appliances might cost a lot but they’re in fact a wise investment because they’re more energy efficient than your old appliances. Think about the potential savings in your electricity bill.

Buy New Kitchen Appliances One at a Time

If you feel you need to get new kitchen appliances but you do not have a big enough budget, what you can do is purchase one unit at a time. You can start with the oldest appliance or the one that needs to be replaced the most. Over the next few months, you can replace all the rest of the appliances until you finally get the new kitchen you want. This way, you’ll be able to remodel your kitchen the way you want without going into debt.

When you’re buying new kitchen appliances, think about how they will look when installed in your kitchen. This is particularly important if you’re not planning to change your kitchen’s current design. The style and color of the new appliances should work nicely with the existing design of your kitchen; they need to look like they’re actually a part of the original design.