Aside from the bathroom, the kitchen is one of the most popular areas of the home for renovation projects – and for good reason. According to CBS News, a poll found that the average American spends around an hour per day in the kitchen, and some spend 400 hours per year in the kitchen. With these kinds of numbers, it’s no wonder so many people want their kitchens to look and feel comfortable and welcoming. Unfortunately, trends and styles change with time, and appliances can wear out or lose efficiency. When these changes come along, it’s usually time to renovate.
Renovating a kitchen with new appliances is a popular way to change things up without bringing in a wrecking crew. New appliances not only look and feel nicer, but advancements that have been made in appliance components often mean that modern appliances operate more efficiently for longer. This not only saves on energy bills but can also reduce replacement costs over time.
Why Not Just Do A Full Renovation?
There are several reasons to choose to renovate with new appliances over a full renovation, but the largest among these is cost. Although new appliances can be expensive depending on what you’re replacing and how many appliances need to be replaced, a full-on renovation will usually cost much more. When you have a full kitchen renovation performed, you will generally need to pay for the planning and design of your new kitchen, the tear-out of old flooring and cabinets, the installation of new flooring, cabinets and countertops and the costs associated with painting, drywall repair and other cosmetic items.
Renovating using new appliances simply means swapping out your old appliances for new versions. This saves time as well. According to HGTV, a typical kitchen renovation can take as long as three months to complete, and during this time, your kitchen may be partially or completely inaccessible and unusable. Although moving an old refrigerator out and bringing a new one in can be a chore, it will take a fraction of the time needed for a full kitchen renovation.
Choosing Your New Appliances
When it comes time to choose your new appliances, there are a few important factors to keep in mind. First and foremost, you want to purchase appliances that will last. Take some time to carefully look over online reviews for the appliances you’re considering. Also, keep in mind that most people only post reviews when they have a negative experience with a product or service, so try to keep an open mind if you see some negative reviews. Consider the context of each review, and compare this context to the actual experience of using the appliance in question. If a reviewer gave the appliance a low score because the appliance was delivered with a few scratches, this isn’t indicative of a problem with the appliance itself.
Also, consider the long-term implications of your style choices. It’s fine to go with whatever is trending at the moment, but try to think about whether you will love the look of your appliances five years from now. Some style trends in the appliance industry come and go, but others are timeless. Think about your plans for the future and how your new appliances will fit into these plans. You don’t want to get stuck with expensive, bulky appliances that won’t match your design plans in a few years when you want to repaint your kitchen or do something different with your countertops.
Lastly, carefully consider the features of the appliances you’re considering. There are all kinds of tech features included in today’s appliances, but if you won’t make use of these features, they may be wasted. Instead, look for features that you will actually use on a regular basis. An Internet-connected stove sounds neat, but the inclusion of WiFi in your appliances can cause the price to go up. The bottom line? If you won’t use it, consider other options to save money.