Kitchen Remodeling: Should You Keep Those Old Appliances Or Update To Something New?
This is the perpetual argument between spouses during kitchen remodels. Should you buy new appliances or keep the old ones that you have?
You are thinking dollars and cents about appliances as you know that new appliances will cost a lot of money on top of ordering marble counters, adding the hardwood flooring, building cabinets, and expanding the square footage. But your spouse has an equal argument that the old appliances will look out of place with the appearance of the new design, which could be a major selling factor if putting your house on the market in a few years.
Both of you have valid points on when to save money and use your old appliances, and when it’s time to upgrade the appliance with the kitchen remodel. Here are a few tips that can help you make your decision easier.
Plan on Selling Your Home in Less Than Five Years: Buy New Appliances
You’ll be able to recoup the price at the sale of the house. Home buyers like to see new appliances because it means that they don’t have to decide on whether they will buy new things or pay large prices to move their old appliances into the new home.
Only Doing A Small Remodel: Keep Your Old Appliances
If you are only changing a few things in your kitchen, like adding new countertops or installing new hardwood flooring, then keep your costs down by using your existing appliances. Even if you are doing a bit more to the renovation, so long as the appliances are in good working order and still go with the decor of the room, it’s best to just keep what you have.
Appliances Over 20 Years Old: Buy New Appliances
It’s time to put that old wheezing refrigerator to rest and buy a new one. Major appliances that were made before 1996 are not energy efficient. This means you could be spending more on electricity than you would with the newer energy efficient appliances. In fact, you could be wasting up to $70 a year on electricity with your older models.
Existing Appliances Look Out Of Place: (Maybe) Buy New Appliances
This one you could experiment with by keeping your old appliances and seeing if the look of them in the new design of the kitchen will grow on you. If, after some time passes, you just aren’t happy with the kitchen’s appearance, buy new appliances.
Arnold Norton has experience in home repair, renovations, and improvement. Mr. Norton has published several informative blogs and articles focused on helpful tips for new and current homeowners.