Saturday, October 23, 2021

Shopping for Appliances

When shopping for new appliances for your home, it pays to do some research. “Many households go ten years or more before replacing an appliance, says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s top independent homeowners insurance agency. It’s likely that many technological and efficiency improvements have been made since the last time you went shopping for an appliance.

Finding the right appliances to fit your family and lifestyle can help simplify your life and bring you more joy at home. Below are some guidelines to get you headed in the right direction.


This seems like an obvious place to start. Large appliances can often cost into the thousands. The temptation might be to buy the first, most gorgeous appliance you see. By setting a budget you can keep yourself reigned in from that enticement and still get a great appliance.


Dishwashers and ranges come in standard dimensions, however according to Home Depot laundry units and refrigerators do not. Not only do you need to measure the space the appliance will go in but, make sure there is room for ventilation, electrical cables and open doors. Be sure to measure the passage way for delivery. Will the appliance fit through the door, around a corner in a hallway and up the stairs?


Think about what features are important to you. Are you looking for a specific kind if ice maker, do you want Wi Fi connection, a large produce drawer, smudge-proof finish? Prioritizing your features will also help you create a budget. Decide if you would like a specific design or look for your appliances.

Also, make sure you know what is and is not covered under the manufacturer and retail warranty. There is typically a one-year warranty for parts and labor. “Extended warranties are usually not worth the extra money,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s largest independent homeowners insurance agency.


Reviews are a valuable source of information, Consumer Reports and Good Housekeeping are helpful and reliable resources.

It is best to know this information before you commit to a purchase. You can find great deals on your next appliance purchase with a little knowledge and research.

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Ellsworth Buck
Since 2003, Ellsworth has served as Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, a network of independent, franchised insurance agents located throughout Florida. During his tenure he has helped the franchise grow to more than 100 independent locations state wide. He is a 20+ year veteran of the Florida Insurance industry and is a graduate West Virginia University, earning his M.B.A in 1984. He lives with his wife in Stuart, Florida. For more information visit:

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