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    Tips on shopping for new appliances
A
s the weather turns cooler, outdoor
improvements become less practical.
Homeowners’ thoughts may turn to projects
they can tackle inside of the home. Now may
be the time to consider the purchase of new
appliances that can be the fi nishing touches to
renovated spaces.
Fall is prime time to purchase new large
appliances. Manufacturers typically unveil
their latest models during September and
October. At this point, prices on older models
will be reduced to make room for new ones.
By the end of the year, any older models
that have not yet been cleared out will be
discounted further. Even though the end-of-the
year deals will be better, the selection may be
limited the longer you wait.
It is best never to wait until an appliance is
on its last leg for repair or replacement. Then
consumers do not have the luxury to price
shop nor fi nd items that include the features
they desire most. Here are some other buying
tips.
Know your space
Perhaps you are familiar with the adage to
measure twice and cut once. The same can
be said for measuring prior to purchasing
an appliance. Be sure you know the exact
measurements of the space that will house the
new appliance. Take into consideration the
clearance needed to open doors, such as with a
refrigerator or front-loading washing machine.
It can be a waste of time and money to have
an appliance delivered only to fi nd it doesn’t
fi t at the time of installation.
2015 Fall Home Improvement
by the EPA and the Department of Energy.
Since then, other countries have adopted the
program. Appliances that feature the Energy
Star® logo use 20 to 30 percent less energy
than required by typical federal standards.
Homeowners who purchase qualifying
appliances may be eligible for tax breaks and
other incentives.
Consider your lifestyle
It is easy to be overwhelmed and awestruck by
the number of appliances available. You may
desire the biggest and best there is, but if you
are not a superstar in the kitchen, you may not
need the commercial stove. A bachelor may
not require an oversized washing machine.
Do your research and comparison shop so you
won’t have any regrets later on.
Energy savings
Consider appliances that reduce energy
usage. Energy Star® appliances are produced
in adherence to
international standards
for energy effi ciency.
The program was started
more than 20 years ago
SPOTLIGHT SPECIALS
Research
Shoppers should begin their research at home
before they even enter a store. Make a list
of features you want in the appliance, which
helps narrow down the playing fi eld and better
focus your purchasing decisions.
Once you have a list handy, speak with friends
or family members about their experiences
with brands and/or retailers. Ask about which
features they like the most and how often they
have had to call for repairs. If they could do
things differently, what would those things be?
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CRAFTSMAN
DAYS
Sale ends October 3, 2015. Shop early for the best selection!
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