It’s no secret that we like to get as much as we can for a low price. The same goes for outfitting our home with the best items, and in the case of appliance packages, we are big on finding the best deals we can for name brands.
In many ways, the idea of an appliance package makes sense because as you go from room to room, finding a sense of continuity is visually appealing. When you’re able to buy two or more appliances together, it’s likely that you can stay within a color scheme and manufacturer. You could think of it in terms of a fast-food combo deal, with an affordable appliance package being the best combo on the menu.
But as with any purchase, you have to stop for a second and think about whether the purchase is actually worth making. For example, let’s say you like to eat eggs, so you keep eggs in your fridge. Along comes a sale price for six dozen eggs. The math says it’s a great deal, but do you need six dozen eggs taking up space in your fridge? Probably not.
As such, there are a few questions you should ask yourself before you go shopping for an appliance package deal:
Can I Afford It? – Retail therapy can be soothing and exhilarating all at the same time. Unfortunately, it can also be easy to spend money you shouldn’t. Establish a budget before heading out to your local appliance dealer & stick to it. Your budget should be a number that factors in the ideal price you want to find, as well as information about energy-efficiency and general repair costs.
How Does Delivery & Installation Work? – If part of the savings on a package deal means you have to transport the appliances, that may be tough if you own a two-door hatchback. If there is a delivery option available with your appliance dealer, how much will that cost? Also, what happens with your old appliances? If your new appliances require installation that involves a gas line, who’s responsible for making that happen? These are not the easiest questions to ask, but they are certainly questions that need answers. If your appliance dealer can’t thoroughly answer them, you need to look elsewhere.
Do I Actually Need These Appliances? – If the appliances you own are still efficient, do their job, and are easy to maintain via the DIY route, do you really need something new? The allure of the new and shiny is tough to resist, but buying something you don’t need doesn’t make sense. If there is one place to strongly consider an appliance package even if your old appliances are fine, it would be if you considering selling your home. Real estate agents have noted that new appliances, even with slight updates, can attract buyers that might otherwise move on.
Appliance packages can mean great savings for homeowners. Still, as with any purchase, you have to make sure it makes sense for you and your home. Ultimately, the best money-saving decision you can make is stepping away from an appliance package deal if it’s not right for you.