Are there water droplets dangling from the interior roof of your fridge? How about your central air conditioning unit? Is the unit so old it’s no longer energy efficient and your electric meter is spinning out of control? If you’re starting to see these warning signs, it might be time to start replacing those old appliances. However, having to replace and purchase major home appliances can come with quite the price tag. Knowing what your options are can help you utilize your smart consumer tactics!
Here are 5 ways you can save on major home appliances:
1. Mark Your Calendars: There are certain months that you can get great deals on home appliances. For major home appliances the best months are September and October. These two months are typically when new models are on the shelves. With new models in stock, the stores need to move last year’s model out the door. If you’re not worried about “keeping up with the Joneses”, look at last year’s models and save some money! Holiday weekends are another great time to spot the sales. And if you’ve really got the guts, consider Black Friday!
2. Mother Earth Pays: For 2016, and with certain energy efficient products, Mother Earth says thank you and gives back. Air conditioners that are recognized as Energy Star Most Efficient in 2016 and that meet the package requirements can receive federal tax credits. With certain required split systems and package systems you can obtain a tax credit of up to $300! Other energy efficient appliances that can qualify are, gas, propane or oil hot water boilers, fans, roofs and water heaters. But be quick because most of these appliances must be not only be purchased but installed by December 31, 2016.
3. Your Inner Lawyer: Sometimes there’s nothing better than some good ole fashioned bargaining. Don’t be afraid to negotiate with the sales person. If you have the ability to pay for an appliance in cash, ask for a discount. There is no rule out there that says you cannot ask or negotiate a discount. After all, the worst that they can say is no.
4. The Model: There she is, standing right in front, stainless steel shining and looking so pretty! Folks, I’m talking about the floor model here! If you’d consider the floor model appliance, most likely the company will sell it to you for a nice discount. Sure, it might have a small scratch, but if you have kids, just wait, the scratch will be the least of your worries.
5. Your Local Guy: Don’t forget about your local independent business owner. They may also have some great deals. Outside of the deal, think about what happens after. You may need someone to install that appliance for you. Most of the time you’re going to get better and more personal attention compared to the big box stores that are just making another sale. Sometimes the relationship and continued happiness is what it’s all about.
Owning a home is always work. Whether you’re a handy-man or not, there will always be something to do, something to fix and always something that you have to put money in to. The responsibility of owning a home can be “weighing” at times. So take some of that pressure off by doing your research, asking questions and don’t be afraid to negotiate. Shopping smart is being smart. Plus, think about the money you can save by shopping smart. Did someone say vacation?