There is nothing as satisfying as a kitchen equipped with brand-new, stainless steel appliances – but you haven’t felt that satisfaction since you moved into your home. Few kitchens come equipped with state-of-the-art ovens, refrigerators, stoves and the like; kitchens are expensive and difficult to update, so if a renovated kitchen is at the top of your must-have list, you will probably have to install new cabinets and countertops, add lighting and buy new appliances yourself.
However, replacing outdated kitchen appliances is more of a hassle than you might expect – but it doesn’t have to be. Here is a guide to the right way to reinvigorate your kitchen with new appliances.
Determine How Well Your Old Appliances Are Functioning
Though you might be desperate for an updated kitchen, ripping out your old appliances without considering their functionality could be a serious and costly mistake. Thus, you should look into how well your outdated appliances are working before you take any steps toward replacing them.
First, you should verify the makes and models of the major appliances you want to replace. If the previous homeowner did not provide information about your appliances, you should be able to identify the manufacturer of your fridge, stove, oven, etc. through logos on their faces. If this isn’t present, you should search the appliance for a model number, the first three digits of which should show the manufacturer. You can search online for manufacturer directories which will tell you who made your appliance and when.
Then, you can use this information to better understand how your appliances are functioning. The ideal kitchen appliances are energy-efficient and boast long lifespans, but the older your appliances are, the less likely they are to have both these qualities. You might also call in a trustworthy handyman to assess the health of your appliances.
Decide How Long You Can Wait for Your Dream Kitchen
Armed with this information, you can start planning your kitchen remodel with greater precision. If your appliances seem to be in good repair – at least for now – you might focus your attention on other, more pressing projects, like installing new cabinet hardware or saving for higher-quality countertops. Still, if your appliances will likely function indefinitely, you should decide how long you are willing to wait before you replace your outdated devices.
As is the case with any large remodeling project, you should develop a detailed timeline and budget for your dream kitchen well before you put in any work or incur any costs. While this should largely be a practical document designed to keep your remodeling efforts on track, you should seriously consider how long you are willing to wait for updated appliances. As long as your current kitchen equipment functions well, you can delay replacing them until the very last stage of your remodel – but you might not be willing to endure outdated tools for that long.
Consider Options to Help You Replace Your Appliances and Systems
Kitchen appliances aren’t the most expensive elements of a kitchen remodel, but they aren’t cheap, either – especially if you want top-of-the-line equipment in your dream kitchen. Thus, any aid you can get in paying for appliance replacements will be beneficial. If your old appliances seem unreliable, you might strongly consider investing in a home protection plan. Also called a home warranty, these service agreements protect various systems around your home, including your kitchen appliances, from regular wear-and-tear. Unlike homeowner’s insurance, which will only cover damage due to accident or disaster, home warranties provide repairs and replacements for expected issues during the life of the system. Thus, if you don’t mind waiting for your appliances to finally break down and die, you should buy a warranty plan.
Dispose of Your Old Appliances Appropriately
Once you have your new appliances installed, it’s easy to forget about the outdated equipment you never wanted. However, you still need to dispose of your old appliances, and you shouldn’t just toss them in a dumpster and call it good. Here’s what you should do instead:
If your appliances still work: sell them on OfferUp or Craigslist, or give them to a local charity. Someone else is likely desperate for any functional appliances, regardless of how they look.
If your appliances no longer work: recycle them properly, pay a commercial junk hauler, or pay the supplier of your new appliances to take them away. Most cities have bulk pickup day, but you might be able to schedule a pickup with your local recycling service. Otherwise, you will have to pay someone to take your old appliances away.