Should it stay or should it go: kitchen appliances
Sticking to budget is a chief concern in any home improvement project. How can you keep the costs down? Well, one way to save on a kitchen renovation is to not automatically replace all of your appliances.
While the temptation is to rip everything out and start afresh, if your fridge, oven and dishwasher are all working there’s no need to get rid of them just because you’re putting in some new tiling, worktops and flooring. This is of course an unglamorous, verging on boring way to save money. We’d all like some shiny new kitchen toys, so just how can you justify throwing out an appliance for a new one? Here’s what you should consider when deciding if a kitchen appliance should stay or go…
It could work perfectly fine, it could work better than fine. It could be the toastiest toaster you’ve ever owned, the quietest dishwasher you’ve found or the coldest (but not too cold or you’ll ruin your green veg) fridge you’ve ever owned. But if you hate the way it looks, or you think the design would clash with the aesthetics of your new kitchen, then you can probably justify to yourself, and your partner, that it needs to be ditched.
Many things are capable of pulling off ‘rugged’ — mountain ranges, Hollywood actors and lumberjacks for starters. However a sink or a dishwasher can rarely be rugged. Rather they’re more likely to be labeled as tarnished, tatty or dull.
Even if the actual function of an appliance is in perfectly good order, if its husk has seen better days — its all scratched, tarnished or dented we reckon it’s ok to replace. Sometimes it’s not what’s on the inside that counts… at least when it comes to kitchen appliances.
“The toaster works fine, you just need to keep hitting the button until it ejects… there’s nothing wrong with the washing machine, just make sure you only use it on the cotton setting!” If you find yourself saying things like this to guests staying for the weekend, it may be time to pick up an appliance catalogue.
Sometimes we work up a sentimental attachment to an appliance and hold on to it when we should really let it go. When you’re thinking of fixing up your kitchen, think about what items are “a bit broken” and factor replacing them into your budget.
One last thing to consider is an appliance’s efficiency and energy rating. While it’s one thing to say of an appliance that it works “as well as it ever did” we must also accept that as technology progresses many more modern appliances have come on the market that run circles around the performance of your current model.
Induction hobs cook quicker and with less energy than the ceramic electric options of old. Washing machines clean clothes better and faster, and fridges store food better than ever before. Most of us have happily abandoned our old CRT (fat and square) TVs for sleek, crisp, LED screens. So why don’t we do the same for our kitchen appliances?
Keeping to budget will always require a bit of discipline, however when it comes to kitchens a great way to save is to not needlessly replace appliances that are completely fine, save for the fact that you’ve had them for a few years.
Remember you don’t have to start completely afresh just because you're renovating the room. However, consider these points when weighing up what should stay and what should go and you might just save a few pounds.