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Appliance Upgrades - Sell a Home - Haring Realty

Modern appliances offer many features and options that can enhance your comfort and reduce your monthly utility bills. While appliances require a significant investment, many will pay for themselves in terms of comfort and resale value. When you're considering which appliances to add to your home, the following are some that our REALTORS® recommend because they will give you the biggest bang for your buck.

The Best Investments

  • Refrigerators
    French doors and built-in water/ice dispensers will woo prospective buyers who step into your kitchen. These aren't just trendy options within Mansfield and Ashland homes for sale; they are necessities for modern comfort. You will want to choose a refrigerator that is easy to organize and features plenty of storage space. And, while pricier, high-efficiency refrigerators that offer WiFi connectivity are the perfect addition to the 21st century Smart Home. These will not only reduce your monthly utility bills, but they will also make it easier to shop, store, and prevent spoilage of your groceries.

  • Built-in Stoves
    Built-in stoves don't disrupt the aesthetics of your kitchen. Nestled seamlessly within the counter, they blend into the background and are barely noticeable. If you're a budding professional chef, a gas stove will make it easy to cook up a wide range of treats and delicacies. Conversely, if you are an amateur home cook that sometimes scorches pots and pans, a modern induction stove will give you greater control over heat and temperature.

  • High-Efficiency Washing Machine & Dryer
    No one enjoys doing the laundry, but it is a lot easier when you know it's not going to cost you an arm and a leg. High-efficiency, front-loading washing machines, and dryers make doing the laundry a breeze.

Investing in Your Comfort

Always choose quality brands when purchasing new appliances. Purchasing lower quality alternatives is often penny wise and pound foolish. Research each appliance carefully, and don't assume that one manufacturer makes the best within each category. Many of the world's leading manufacturers have branched out and expanded their product lines over the years, but the results are mixed.  

When considering finishes, stainless steel is still the most popular choice. It is not likely to go away anytime soon. However, one emerging trend with refrigerators is to integrate them behind cabinet doors. This has long been popular in Europe and Asia, and many modern homes in the United States now incorporate this design. It's an appealing aesthetic that you will have to plan for to fit your new refrigerator behind cabinet doors and blend the unit into the existing kitchen.

It's no surprise that energy efficiency is crucial and will become more important as utility rates rise. Choose the most efficient system for your budget, and be sure to keep the energy-star label within your paperwork. You can show this to prospective buyers curious about the system's operation. But, a word of caution about energy efficiency. Some high-efficiency freezers have undersized defrosting systems to help them cut down on energy usage. This makes some freezers prone to freezing over from time to time. Similarly, high-efficiency front-loading washers are prone to mold and mildew growth. This is preventable, but only with strict adherence to regular maintenance and cleaning.

We are happy to tell you more about the appliances we see in regional homes and the appliances our clients ask us about. We invite you to contact us to speak with our team and discover more about the latest real estate trends that you can take advantage of to increase the value of your home.

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