The Brokerage Group: Brian McDonald & Lisa Brown's Blog
Plan aheadMany of us are of the mindset that we'll think about replacing appliances once they no longer work. This approach, however, leaves no time for planning and searching for the best deals. If your refrigerator stops working you don't want to end up walking around an appliance store at the mercy of their prices and selection, trying to buy a new one before the meat in your freezer thaws. Stay updated. If it's time to start thinking about replacing an appliance, give yourself time to look for deals. Sign up for email lists from appliance stores or set up price-drop alerts on sites like Amazon. Find the right brand. Even if you don't buy your appliances online, you should use the internet to find the right brand for your needs. Compare their models and prices so you'll know what to look out for when waiting for a good deal. Read the reviews. Your best friend when shopping for new appliances will be the customers who leave reviews of their experience on sites like Amazon and Best Buy. If an appliance is on sale at a great price but the reviews are poor, you might know why the company is trying to get rid of them quickly.
Read the fine printIf you're buying online, make sure you carefully read the shipping and returns policy. With a purchase as expensive as a washer or dryer, you want to make sure you know exactly how much you'll be paying. When it comes to guaranteeing the performance and lifespan of your appliances, there are protection plans offered by the store, manufacturer warranties, and even third-party companies who provide appliance insurance. Compare various stores' protection plans and various manufacturers' warranties to see which one fits your budget but also provides the best protection.
Get your timing rightLike any industry, the appliance industry operates on a calendar of new model releases and sales on older models. Around September and October companies tend to unveil their latest models and lower prices on the older models. To beat other deal hunters, shop on Thursday. That's the day many stores mark down sale items for the weekend rush. But you'll get there first. There are a number of holiday sales that stores participate in as well, such as Memorial Day, Labor Day, and President's Day. And, of course, there are the hectic Black Friday sales.
Don't judge a book by its coverWhen it comes to appliances, appearance isn't everything. Manufacturers often try to up the appeal of appliances by giving them colorful paint jobs or other aesthetic features that don't affect the function of the appliance. Now that you know how to get the best deals start searching and comparing prices. Don't forget to use the powers of negotiation and price-matching, and go find the home appliance of your dreams.
Once you start the process of buying a home, you may begin to feel as if you know everything there is to know about real estate. There’s so much house hunting, researching and negotiating that the process can be dizzying. Once you get into a contract and start the home inspection process, a whole new host of questions comes to the table. Now, you need to know the nitty gritty of what you’re about to buy.
Once you hire a home inspector, it could seem like they are speaking an entirely different language. These inspectors will be looking for any and all potential problems with your new dream home. In order to get the most out of your home inspection, you’ll want to ask smart questions.
How Much Of An Impact Does This Have?
Home inspectors cannot legally tell you whether a property is “good” or not. They can only tell you the things they find wrong with the property, or where they see a need for improvement. These inspectors will seem pretty even keeled when you meet them, so they can be hard to read. They’re all about facts. Asking them what kind of an impact a certain problem will have can help you to make a more informed decision.
Who Can Fix This?
In many states, home inspectors cannot legally make repair recommendations. They can however give you an idea of how easy or how complicated it may be to fix something. You may find that you’ll be able to make simple repairs on your own rather than hire someone for a big price. The only drawback is that home inspectors cannot actually “fix” anything for you. They can only give advice.
What’s A Priority?
Your home inspector can give you an idea of what issues in the home you are about to buy need to be fixed first. Since the inspector's job is to point out absolutely everything- both big and small- you’ll want to know what has the biggest priority so that you can plan accordingly. If things are at the “end of their lifetime” rather than in need of a simple repair, you’ll understand as a homebuyer how much money you’ll need to shell out for repairs sooner rather than later.
Where Is That?
Many times as home inspectors as heading through the property, mentioning things that need repairs and attention, you may have no idea what they are referring to. It’s a good idea to have a notepad and and a camera so that you can refer back to what the inspector was talking about. Some inspectors even insert digital pictures into their reports, so you can ask about that when you’re hiring an inspector.
How Does That Work?
Inspectors can often give you an idea of how different moving parts of the home operate. If you’re new to homeownership, or come across something that you have never seen before, your inspector will be happy to help you figure it all out. It can be a lifesaver once you move in since you’ll already know how much of the house operates.
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