Did you know that 775,000 new houses in the US got sold in February 2021 alone? That’s an 8.2% increase from the number of new residential properties sold in February 2020.
If you’re one of those new homeowners, it’s time to add a list of must-have appliances to your first home checklist. You can also start preparing this list even if you’re still in the process of buying your first home. In doing so, you can ready your budget early and buy the stuff you need once you move into your new place.
On that note, we came up with this guide on the essential appliances all new or soon-to-be homeowners need. Read on to discover what they are and what to look for once you do shop for them.
A 2021 survey found that more than half of Americans have been cooking more compared to April 2020. Four in 10 US consumers have also been baking more goodies.
If you like to do both, then your house appliance checklist must include a kitchen range. A range combines a stove and an oven into a single appliance. This makes it an ideal space saver, and it can even cost less than if you buy an individual stove and a separate oven.
The price still depends on how many burners and ovens you need and the range’s energy source. The smallest ranges come with a minimum of four burners and a single oven compartment of at least 2 cubic feet. Larger appliances have five or more burners, and some even have two or more oven compartments.
If your family isn’t that big, a regular range should be enough for your cooking and baking needs. If you like a bigger unit, be sure your kitchen has enough room to accommodate it. If you want to get a gas-powered range, your new home should have a gas connection.
You might also want to buy range of accessories and appliance parts online, such as a range hood and LED lights. A range hood helps facilitate air ventilation and filtration to keep fumes and smoke at bay. Extra LED lights can give additional energy-efficient lighting while you use the burners.
The average US household wastes almost a third of their food every year. The estimated value for all that waste amounts to a staggering $1,866 per household. Non-refrigerated food is one of the biggest contributors to that wastage.
That makes a refrigerator with a freezer one of the essential appliances for a new home.
Before you buy a new fridge, though, be sure to check its energy consumption first. This information should be in the appliance’s legally mandated EnergyGuide label. Most other appliances in the US, such as air conditioners and heaters, must also have this sticker.
In any case, you’d want to invest in an energy-efficient fridge, seeing as you’ll use it 24/7. The higher the energy-efficiency rating, the less electricity it consumes. The lower its electricity consumption, the lower your electricity bills.
Be sure to factor in the available room in your kitchen too. Measure the width, height, and depth of the space where you want to place the fridge. There must be at least an inch of clearance on all sides for ease of installation and proper ventilation.
In 2019, space heating and cooling accounted for almost a third of energy use in US homes. That makes space heaters and air conditioners the top two drivers of energy bills.
However, without an HVAC system, you’ll be at the mercy of extreme heat or cold. Such environmental conditions can result in weather-related illnesses. For that reason, your new home checklist should include installing an HVAC unit.
Fortunately, today’s HVAC systems are far more energy-efficient than their predecessors. Energy Star comfort appliances can help you save at least 10% to 30% on your yearly energy bills. What’s more, this lower consumption does not compromise their heating or cooling capacity.
Dishwasher capacities for home use usually range from 18 to 24 inches. An 18-inch model is okay for a small household of two or three people. A standard 24-inch dishwasher is adequate for a bigger family with about five members.
Regardless of the size you need, it’s best to go for an Energy Star-certified dishwasher. This way, you’d only spend about $35 a year on electricity to run a standard-sized dishwasher. Certified appliances also save close to 4,000 gallons of water over their lifetime.
If you have a big family or have plans for one, it’s best to invest in a big washer capable of dealing with large loads. A sizable washer offers more flexibility and space for oversized fabrics and items. It’s also common for larger models to have a plethora of wash modes, from sensitive to longer cycles.
As always, make sure you factor in the available space in the laundry room. A front-load machine is shorter than a top-loader, but its door opens to the side (like a fridge), so account for that, too. The good news is that sturdy modern front-loaders can handle a matching dryer placed on top.
To save both water and energy, consider buying an Energy Star-certified clothes washer. Be sure to check if your state and utility service providers offer incentives as well. There are over 100 clothes washer rebate programs throughout the US at the time of this writing.
There you have it, your guide on which appliances to add to your first home checklist. These are essentials, as you’d likely use most, if not all of them, on your first day in your new place. So, shop around and compare your options early on so that they’ll all be ready for use when you move into your new home.
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