When you open the door of a refrigerator displayed in a store or study a photo on the Internet, most likely you ask yourself a few standard questions: is this thing right for me? Will it fit in my house? Do I like the price? But this is not all that you should ask yourself before investing in a purchase. We have prepared a list of questions that we recommend to ask the seller (and yourself) to make sure that you are buying the really necessary thing.
Check list from ReviewedThat will help you prepare for the purchase of the device in advance:
- What sizes do I need?
- What type is right for me?
- What is available in the desired price range?
- What capacity do I need?
- Is it for sale in the finishing I am looking for?
- What features does it have?
- Do I have something to compare it with?
- Have I read reviews of model performance and reliability?
- What shipping and installation options are available?
- Where to put the old thing?
And now everything in more detail.
1. What sizes do I need?
Measure the space carefully to find out if there is enough room for the device that you already looked after, or to determine the right dimensions for the models that are just about to study. In addition to measuring the space in the room where the unit will stand, measure the width of your doors and stairs. You have to determine in advance whether the new thing can fit into them and "get" to the place where it will be installed.
2. What type is right for me?
Washing machines come in front and top loading. Refrigerators can be with French doors, double doors, a freezer on top, below, built-in under the main door. Dishwashers can have two or three racks. Ovens are electric, gas, induction and mixed. Explore the Internet and choose what you want before you think about buying.
3. What is available in the desired price range?
You can get the basic model, which has only the basic functions, or one which presents the full "stuffing". But all these features cost money. Decide on a budget and stick to it. It will save you the frustration if you find that the desired refrigerator costs the same as your first car.
4. What capacity do I need?
The size of your family and your habits will help determine the capacity of the device. If you are cooking for a large crowd, you may need a larger refrigerator. If it's just you and your partner, a compact washer and dryer is your choice.
5. Is it for sale in the finishing I am looking for?
Almost all devices are made in white color, but if you dream of stainless steel or trend black design, find out if you can get a thing in exactly this style (and whether you need to pay extra for it). By the way, it is worth asking whether the finish is resistant to stains. If this is not the case, consider that trying to erase prints and other traces takes time and effort.
6. What features does it have?
High-end models offer more sophisticated features, but take a closer look and see what's actually available. Does this model have smart features? Will something bad happen if you don't use them? Do you need a refrigerator with a wine rack or will the ice-freeze function be enough for you? Find out about the possibilities in advance. And don't forget to inquire about the warranty - most brands offer a year, but some offer much longer.
7. Do I have something to compare it with?
The fact that different stores sell the same model does not mean that they charge the same amount of money for it. Sometimes a local retailer can offer the same model for less than what you can find on the Internet, although the opposite may also be true. Learn about it.
8. Have I read reviews of model performance and reliability?
Explore the internet to see what experts and owners are saying. True, the reviews of the owners should be treated philosophically - most people write them only if they are delighted or horrified by the product. If you are lucky enough to have a friend or family member buy the same item, this may be the most valuable piece of information.
9. What shipping and installation options are available?
Find out if shipping and installation are included in the price you pay for the device. Some retailers offer this, but many require additional charges. If you do not do this, the device may be somewhere down the street or at the entrance of a block of flats waiting for you to bring it into the house and plug it in.
Find out how your device will be delivered. If the delivery service uses a two-wheeled cart, protect the stairs, walls and doorways, otherwise they may be damaged.
Carefully inspect the device before signing for it. Ideally, before buying, find out what to do if you bring a device with scratches or dents.
10. Where to put the old thing?
Most stores are ready to take your old device for a nominal fee, but this must also be known in advance. There may not be enough beer as a motivation for your male friends to help put this heavy refrigerator in a landfill.