Are you thinking of remodeling or making some big-ticket upgrades to your house, new appliances may be in order.
Perhaps, you may have noticed that your washing machine is no longer up to the task. Or maybe, after trying to save a lot of leftovers for the third time, you decide to buy a refrigerator that can finally hold all the food your family needs.
Really, choosing a new appliance for your home can be very overwhelming. Is it about the hefty price tags or the delivery trucks? and oh, installations are all daunting!
Especially if you are a typical Nigerian household, you probably haven’t changed your appliances for like 10 years or more since the last time you had to think about appliances.
Clearly, there have been huge advances in technology and efficiency since then, not to mention all the new trends in home appliances, so trust me, you may have a world of new options to consider when making your choices.
But before you start debating, you should make sure to keep yourself informed so you can make a smart decision when you buy- it’ll make the whole process smoother.
That’s why we’ve put together a list of the most frequently asked questions you should ask yourself and your salesperson or sales representative before you make any purchase to make sure you’re getting exactly what you need.
After all, we’re here for you, helping you make the right choices
What is my budget?
Seriously, given the variety of appliances currently available, it should come as no surprise that prices are also falling in a wide range.
While it may seem obvious, you (like most people) may find yourself magnetically drawn to the most beautiful and expensive products once you see them.
That’s why the best way to protect yourself from temptation is to set a substantial budget in advance and stick to it.
This way, you won’t break your heart when the amazing fridge you admire turns out to be your first car.
Keep in mind that there are very good appliances available at various prices. If you are on a big budget, you can go for the more expensive appliances, but keep in mind that a high price does not necessarily mean that a product has a quality guarantee.
Should I compare prices between stores to make sure I get the best price?
Just because different stores sell the same appliance doesn’t mean they will charge the same price.
Sometimes a local retailer might offer you an appliance that is cheaper than what you’ll buy online, but that’s a bit rare.
Just do your findings and compare prices before making any purchase; that just might save you a few thousand Naira.
Should I read reviews to learn more about the performance and reliability of the device?
Before you buy a particular product, you should consider what other people (who have bought & used the same product) think about it.
However, it would be best if you only considered opinions about the model you are planning to buy. Of course, you should ignore opinions about other models and the brand in general.
These days, you can easily find various reviews on any product via the internet by doing a quick Google search.
And if you are lucky enough to have a friend or family member who can give you a personal recommendation, it’ll be very valuable information, especially if you can test the appliance before buying.
Now, I’m not saying that you should blindly trust the opinions of others.
Because satisfied customers rarely leave feedback in most cases, that’s usually what dissatisfied customers do.
And you certainly should not take negative reviews seriously – take them with a grain of salt. Well, unless you find that everyone is complaining about the same product issue, then something is probably wrong.
What are the appliance warranty and return policy?
Many articles have been written about appliance warranties, but the short version is that you need to know which damages will be covered by the manufacturer and retailer warranty and which ones are not.
Typically, most products come with one-year parts and labor warranty. After that, the main parts of the product, such as the drive of the washing machine or the oven’s heating elements, are usually guaranteed for up to five years, but you’ll need to pay for the labor to service them.
You can forget about extended warranties; they are usually not worth the money.
How do I get rid of old appliances?
Most retailers will be happy to pick up your old appliance for a minimal fee, but you must decide this in advance so that transportation can be arranged.
Shopping for appliances can be fun; simply take your time throughout your buying process to find the best kitchen appliances and enjoy.
I hope these post has helped you ask the right questions and make the right decision you need to purchase the best kitchen appliances for your home.
Good luck with your shopping.