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.
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.