Honest opinions about how to buy Appliances and Lighting.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Basic Stainless Steel Kitchens

I was in appliance sales before my evolution(or demotion) to marketing. Its funny, but people who are very different would ask the same question. "What would you buy for your house" they would ask, looking for the magic answer.

The reality is that there is no right answer. People have different syles, spatial constraints and needs, so there can be no one size fits all remedy. The next few posts will be dedicated to consumers that either want to "flip" their units quickly or in the next few years

In the 90s and early 2000s, it really did not matter what people purchased, because real estate sold itself regardless of its offering and contents. When real estate slowed in 2006, buyers could be more selective. Sellers now have to actually sell or differentiate their units for the first time in almost 20 years.

But what if you purchased a unit at the height of the market and did not have a horde of money to invest in the property? The two best rooms to invest in a home are without question the kitchen and bath. Of these areas, the cheapest way to upgrade without spending much is by purchasing stainless steel appliances. Of course, I am biased, but there are no permits, contractors or hassles when simply changing existing units. The purchase price of a basic stainless steel kitchen with decent appliances is roughly $2000.
Maytag Package

$2200 buys a pro style kitchen with a convection oven and larger refrigerator with icemaker
Frigidaire Professional Package

$3299 buys a french door refrigerator with decent equipment.
Amana Package

Quick tip: Stay within the same brand because rebates increase dispropotionately to the amount of pieces purchased. There will also be a uniformity of styles.

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