Cabinets, countertops and appliances are the biggest expenses when remodeling a kitchen. That’s why most homeowners pick neutral colors that will look great for many years. A backsplash is the easiest way to add more color with paint, tile or stone. Manufacturers are now offering appliance finishes that can also add color. We’ll explore the … Read More
Home Appliances that Save You Time
How We Buy Home Appliances
Many home appliances are fixtures we can't imagine living without - refrigerators, microwaves and washing machines my most important ones. It's smart to research and decide what appliances you'll buy before you find yourself making an emergency purchase. Here are the factors to consider:
- Buying Appliances When & Where
- Researching Refrigerator Sizes, Styles & More illustrates the factors to consider when buying appliances - how big, energy efficiency, repair history and yes, new features like two ice makers.
- Appliance Package Colors Reflect Kitchen Trends
- Research Before Buying Small Appliances
Installing & Maintaining Appliances
Once you've picked your new appliances, it's time to install them. Measurements are key as we had to take the door off our new refrigerator to slide it through the gate to the backyard, to avoid the stairs. My handyman business sometimes had to raise/shorten cabinets for a new, taller refrigerator. Hopefully your install goes smoothly. Then it's time to maintain your new appliances to maximize their useful life, like How to Clean a Dryer Vent.
Growing up, I often remember my grandmother marveling at all the “newfangled appliances” that were available to make household chores easier. She would tell tales of using a ringer washing machine where she fed clothes through rollers one piece at a time. Appliance designs were simpler and many times a homeowner would handle their own … Read More
Several years ago I did extensive research on how to buy a refrigerator. I wrote several articles to share what I learned with savvy homeowners. Imagine my surprise when I recently learned I missed a very important decision factor. I learned that advertised refrigerator sizes aren’t what you think!
It’s winter, we’ve had the house in Arizona for two years now so it was time to clean the dryer vent. What should have been an easy project has turned into a mess and I’m not happy about it. All I had planned to write about in this blog post was how to clean a … Read More
We spend a lot of time in our kitchens. That means we’re constantly looking at our appliances, big and small. So when do we buy new appliances? And how many homeowners know where to get the best deal when buying appliances? One of your appliances fails and repair costs are so high that it makes more sense … Read More
When I first wrote this article, it was about the recall of a specific appliance and brand. What I’ve since realized is an equally important message for all homeowners. Appliance recalls happen and we can’t prevent them. What we can do is minimize our risk of ending up with a lemon by doing research before … Read More
Yesterday turned out to be an exciting day at my son’s house in Orlando, Florida. When I walked into the kitchen, I found the refrigerator sitting in the middle of the floor . It was obvious something wasn’t, but I’d missed the discussion the night before. After my son, his wife and daughter were out the … Read More
I remember the first kitchen I really knew growing up. My parents customized a 50’s ranch house – one of blocks of production homes built after World War 2, and home for baby boomers. And the kitchen was pink, with a full appliance package all in pink! Pink refrigerator, pink dishwasher, pink sink, pink stove. Of … Read More
Appliance manufacturers have been riding the stainless appliance trend for over a decade, and recent attempts at other finishes have never taken off. That may be changing with the GE Slate Appliance finish. In the kitchen, gray topped the list of the fastest growing color schemes last year. Slate-hued products complement that design trend. The charcoal-hued … Read More
When you move you expect to buy things like a new trash can and sink drain. You might have to buy a washing machine and dryer (we did) if the sellers take theirs with them. You rarely need a new refrigerator in a new home but we quickly discovered our refrigerators were not working properly. Fortunately … Read More