Should I Move or Replace My Appliances?
Your appliances represent a significant investment, sometimes the biggest, in your home. Whether it’s a stove, a refrigerator, a microwave oven, a dishwasher, a washing machine, a dryer, or another appliance you’ll have to decide what to do with your appliances long before moving day.
Here are some questions to ask yourself to help you answer the question of whether to move or replace your appliances.
1. Is moving my appliances an option?
If you’re selling a condo or townhouse, this may not even be relevant. It’s likely that your appliances are part of the ‘as is’ clause in your sales contract, and ‘as is’ means you leave them in place unless specified otherwise.
If you do have an in-unit washer and dryer, for example, you may have the option of moving it but make sure you’re very clear in the sales contract that it’s not included in the selling price, or you may find yourself having to move it back in, or worse, face a legal challenge.
For single-family homes, make sure you negotiate whether an appliance is included in the selling price, and make sure you (and the buyer) understand what is and isn’t included, and, of course, make sure it’s in writing.
2. How old is the appliance?
If you want to move your appliance, determine what its remaining lifespan is, and decide whether it’s worth it to bring it with you at all. If your washer is 15 years old, it’s better to leave it and purchase a newer model for your new home.
Appliances that are more up-to-date are far more efficient than older models and are generally covered by comprehensive warranties. The last thing you want to worry about in your new home is finding a repair company for your broken appliance shortly after moving in.
3. How bulky/heavy is it?
If you’re doing a self-move, consider whether you’ll be able to move an appliance at all. If you do decide to move it, make sure to use the proper dolly and secure it tightly to avoid damage. Appliances are likely to be the most and the bulkiest items in your house, so even if you’re planning on taking them with you, consider having a professional moving company do the work.
4. Will it fit in your new home?
If you’re downsizing, say, from a house to a condo, your fridge may not fit where you want. Make sure to measure carefully (twice!) all dimensions where you plan to install your appliances, write down the dimensions, and then measure your existing appliances. Allow for adequate room around your appliances for proper ventilation and heat dispersal.
5. Look at new appliances.
You might change your mind about moving your old appliances once you see newer models for sale. Be sure to check out national retailers and local chains for new, efficient appliances.
A Moving Decision to Consider
Start looking well in advance of your move, so you don’t have to make a last-minute decision. A hastily made choice about an appliance can lead to years of frustration. If you decide to purchase new appliances opt for paying for delivery, so you don’t have another thing to worry about during your move.
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