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The Right Appliances for your New Home Plan

Building your new home form an economical online house plan is the way to go today, but what about the final costs decor such as wood floors, window treatments, carpet, not to mention new appliances. The Plan Collection has some suggestions for how to find the right appliances for your new home plan in this $25 billion dollar industry.

 

The recent demand for household appliances is surging as manufacturers develop new technology for products that will meet the demands of demanding consumer who are more willing to spend these days. Consumers not only have an eye for the latest design trends but they want the latest technologies that save time, money and energy, such as remote electronics, and eco-friendly products. Then manufacturers must innovate while they maintain quality at lower costs, so they seek the latest, highest-performing, and most cost-efficient materials such as steel and plastics.

 

The latest new appliances are based on the expected increases in new home construction and consumer spending, so the demand for household appliances will most likely see a significant increase over the next five years. Consumers still purchase appliances based on cost.

 

You should know that the major retailers are not bound by long-term buying contracts with their appliance manufacturers, therefore the manufacturers have more incentive than ever to keep product prices low. The big-box retailers are continually seeking new suppliers that offer more favorable terms, so the smallest cost-cutting measures can have a big impact on their profits.

 

Here are several tips on how to locate the best prices on appliances for your new home plan.

 

  • First review your new house plan’s kitchen and measure very carefully.  Review your list and decide what appliances are most important based on your family size and lifestyle.
  • Research brands, price points in advance of the date your new home will be ready. Once you know what you want, create google alerts with your wish list of brands and models, so you will know when retailers post these items on sales and at discounts.
  • Look at companies like Sears outlet warehouse in addition to the Big Box stores like Home Depot or Best Buy.  The warehouse outlets often have out of production or overstock items on sale for substantially less.
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The This Old House blog offers up the following suggestions.

 

  • Remember that it is not easy to take an appliance back if or when you get buyer’s remorse, so do your homework first and choose carefully.
  • Fall is supposedly the best hunting season, since showrooms must clear space for the next year's models.
  • Measure all new appliances against your new home plan and the foyer, stairways, and entries to the kitchen or laundry room area. You don’t want your new appliance to damage walls, doorways or worse yet, not to fit at all.  
  • Measure and re-measure the fridge. Remember that "counter depth" includes the thick door and handle." Look behind your existing gas range; if the gas pipe protrudes, your new range may protrude as well.
  • Watch out for front-load washers or a refrigerator doors that open too wide and block traffic. causing frustrating delays
  • A high-rpm front-load washer or dryer can actually rattle a room, especially upstairs, so think about the fact that your may need reinforcement of the floor; plus dryers need to vent properly so ask your builder in advance to assist in the plans for venting.
  • Remember that a refrigerator door opens both left or right, so just be careful that the door opens on the right side; also note that sticky doors may help save energy, but this could mean that in time, someone will yank too hard and end up with the handle in their hand.
  • Remember to research and/or listen to the appliance and its decibel levels. Be sure your new commercial-kitchen range hood is not so noisy that you never want to turn it on.
  • Watch out for stovetop ranges with low-slung ovens. They are difficult to access; and be aware of front-loading washers hat are pitched so low they need extra space to save your aching back.
  • Don’t be fooled by top chef needs – if you are not really into cooking then you won't be happy with a high tech gourmet refrigerator with narrow vertical shelves.  Look for appliances that fit your personal needs.
  • Always remember to find out about warranties and repair services. Get the telephone numbers for companies who can service based on brand and location.

 

Here is more from The Plan Collection on house plans with great kitchens like this large open kitchen in (Plan #161-1042.) Happy appliance hunting!

Here are tips for finding the right appliances for your new home plan

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