Today my cell phone and my personal Facebook page sent me one of those notifications with pictures from one year ago. One year ago we were trying to get our previous house on the market and the kitchen was one of the rooms which the realtor felt could use some updates. According to him, a kitchen is the “curb appeal” of the house. He was right. After we made some updates and changes we had more showings and we did make a sale on the house just in time to finalize the purchase on the new one we loved. While the new house had a gorgeous kitchen too, I soon learned that maybe I should have taken a closer look at the appliances.
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Moving into the new home I was just happy to have appliances there. When we moved to Houston from Tennessee I was surprised to find out that most people (unlike in Ohio and Tennessee) take their appliances with them when they move out. In our first home here just days after moving in, I was out with two babies and a preteen shopping for appliances for our new home. This time round when we negotiated the contract I wanted the appliances to stay. However, that may not have been the best plan after all.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m very grateful for the appliances I have. But it is not like they were free. We did have to add them to the contract AND to the price of the house. One of those kitchen appliances we wanted to stay was the refrigerator. It is not that I was in love with it, I actually liked my practically new one at the old house better, but of course the people buying that house wanted IT to stay. I thought a fridge is better than no fridge at all right? While it is a very nice refrigerator with the basics of what we need it is pretty small. Because of it being so small we literally have to reorganize it each and every time we bring home groceries. Don’t get me started on left overs. Those nights often require re-organizing the fridge shelves again. Now this fridge, this is a fridge I could grow to love. Well, I would need one that has just a little more freezer space. But looking at the new and improved refrigerators out there I don’t think it will be hard to find something that has everything our family needs. AJ Madison is a good place to start looking for them.
“MOM! What’s that smell!?” Sure it sounds great in theory to move into a house that already has appliances in it but that is not always the case. As we are in the kitchen unpacking we notice an aroma. And it’s not the good kind. Unfortunately it is the dishwasher. Don’t worry – it was nothing scary. It was just that the prior owners had already moved and had been out of the house about a month before we moved in. That means the dishwasher wasn’t used regularly. It actually wasn’t used at all. A good cleaning and all was well.
There are advantages to moving into a house that already has the appliances. I am grateful for them. But I’m also happy that I brought my washer and dryer from the previous house with me. After living here for awhile we have realized that there are some updates in the kitchen that we need to do to make it really work for our family. It’s not just about cabinets, counter tops, space and flooring. The appliances in the kitchen can make all the difference to really be able to enjoy it.