Living and having a store in a popular suburb means we talk to several people who are moving from a cramped city apartment to a suburban home complete with a yard, room for the family and a place to park their car. Living in a house can mean appointing it with things that the extra space affords you. Here are a few major appliances and what to look for before you put down the model number on your wish list.
Buy an energy efficient washing machine
Gone are the days of lugging your laundry down four flights to the coin-operated machine – or worse, the laundromat. Now you have the convenience of putting a washer and dryer right in your own home. Many people, of course, still choose to put their laundry set in the basement, but others are putting their laundry room near the bedrooms. These days, several machines are stylish, compact and quiet enough to fit into your home’s decor and stay on the main floor.
Aside from just price and style, Real Simple magazine advised people in the market for a new washer to look for a few features before buying. You’ll want to get one that doesn’t use more water than it should. You need to use water to get those stains out, but some machines use more than necessary to save on cost, which the magazine explained can waste thousands of gallons a year and cause higher bills. You’ll also want a fast spin cycle and a conservative water heater.
Get the right refrigerator for your life
Shopping for a refrigerator can be intimidating. There are so many options with so many features that it can be difficult to remember what you actually need it for. You don’t need to get an oversized refrigerator with extra cubic feet of space if you eat out frequently, and you don’t need to get a thin, sleek refrigerator if it won’t fit your groceries. This Old House magazine reminded new homeowners to think about function and everyday use rather than looks or price. A refrigerator is one of those unique items that you’ll use every single day – if you don’t like it, you’ll be constantly reminded.
If you’re a wine connoisseur or you like freezing extra meat from a specialty butcher, consider getting a reasonably sized refrigerator as well as a specialty wine cooler or deep freezer.
Consider your options when it comes to ranges
For many home designs, a traditional range setup works well. You have an oven that bakes and broils, a stove top and a fan hood above that. But if you’re big into entertaining or prefer more modern kitchen designs, you may want to consider the alternatives. As Houzz explained, amateur chefs can take advantage of double ovens, warming drawers, wall ovens and extended stove tops. You can even install a flat electric cooktop that’s flush with the countertop so you don’t lose any counter space when the cooktop isn’t in use.
It’s important to think about these options when you’re moving into a new space because some choices may require significant construction. Because of the installation process, it would be harder to add a new range after remodeling is complete than it would be to switch out a refrigerator or washer.
Continue your kitchen outdoors
What better way to take advantage of your newly found space than to extend your living area to the spacious yard? Outdoor kitchens are becoming more and more popular and you can build a great place to cook outdoors. Miniature refrigerators for refreshments are right at home in the summer oasis. But the true crown jewel of any outdoor kitchen is the grill. Whether you prefer charcoal or gas is up to you, but grills create a serious cooking area outdoors. Combine your new grill and refrigerator with some weatherproof movable countertop/storage units and you’ll have a spot where you can prepare steak, corn on the cob and a fresh salad to serve at the nearby table and chairs.
Invest in a multipurpose microwave
Microwaves can do a lot more than just make popcorn and reheat food. As Real Simple magazine noted, a microwave with a convection mode can be incredibly helpful during holidays like Thanksgiving when you are cooking multiple dishes. Convection cooking uses a fan to recirculate the air and act as a second oven – perfect for those who host, but not too often. Microwaves with sensors are also important for getting perfectly finished food.
Age old advice to new homeowners is to live in the home for a while and notice how you use the space before planning, designing or renovating. That’s advice worth heeding since there are appliance choices that fit every lifestyle.