A complete kitchen renovation not only encompasses cabinets, flooring, wallpaper, paint and even the addition of a window or skylight but also purchasing the right appliances for the new kitchen. Unless you know exactly how your kitchen is going to look after the project is completed, professional home remodelers suggest you wait to purchase a refrigerator to ensure you choose one that perfectly accommodates your new kitchen.
Before you invest in a refrigerator, consider the following:
Does the price fit into your budget? Remember that you’ve just invested a bundle into your new high-end kitchen so be careful about straining your finances. Put your old refrigerator in the garage and use that one until you have shopped around and found a price-friendly refrigerator.
Double-check the refrigerator’s dimensions and compare them to the space you have reserved for this appliance. One of the most frequent semi-disasters involved in filling a remodeled kitchen with new appliances is the failure of the homeowners to fully investigate available room in their kitchen.
If you haven’t bought a new refrigerator in a while, you might be surprised at the variety of fridges from which you can choose. Refrigerators with the freezer on the top or the bottom; refrigerators with opposite-opening French doors; refrigerators with ice makers and water filter dispensers and those containing adjusting shelving equipped with upraised, spill-proof edges.
Pricier refrigerators include those with temperature-controlled crispers for keeping fresh vegetable and fruits; refrigerators with digital controls instead of the traditional dials located inside them and dual freezers to separate strong-smelling foods like salmon from foods that absorb odors such as ice cream and butter.
Also, make sure you are purchasing an energy-saving refrigerator that can help you pay off your remodeling bill. Since refrigerators are responsible for consuming nearly one-fifth of your monthly energy usage, installing a certified Energy Star refrigerator in your newly renovated kitchen means you will be slashing your energy costs with a fridge using the most modern compressors and effective insulation material available.