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Don't just assume that buying locally is smartest move either. Sometimes, same item can be found online at a much lower price than is possible locally and you can often even avoid sales tax on an online purchase too. Be careful though and determine how much installation is needed for any item you make and factor installation costs in with any purchase that doesn't include those costs in purchase price.
It may seeem like a simple thing, but be sure to measure very carefully to determine that item you want to buy will fit in space that you have designated for it in your home. Surprisingly, this is something that is often overlooked until delivery of product and can result in plenty of unnecessary aggravation. Just get measuring tape out in advance and know space required to save this headache from happening to you.
Finally, consider warranty on items you want to buy. Be sure to ask questions in advance so that you know what warranty will cover and how long it will last. Also, will you have to send appliance out to be repaired under warranty or is home repair covered under warranty contract?
If you follow these simple, effective guidelines, buying home appliances and fixtures will be a breeze and you will make smart purchases that will last and give you good service for many years.
Duane Lipham is the senior editor of http://www.kitchens.dlbws.com where you can find free information and advice on kitchen design and finding the right kitchen products and appliances at the lowest price possible.