As part of every home inspection, several different built in appliances are inspected for operation. I inspect dishwashers, built in microwaves, and ovens just to name a few. I have inspected homes all over West Texas, and I can certainly say that I have seen brand new, top quality appliances, and I've also seen homes with appliances that were not operating as they should.
What can you, as a home owner do to help extend the lifespan and performance of your appliances?
What are some common considerations when choosing an appliance?
Just a few thoughts from an experienced home inspector:
Built in or counter top?
Typically, built in microwaves will come with an exhaust fan, as they are usually mounted above a stove or range. Keep in mind their are specific height and clearance requirements when mounted above a range or stove. Microwaves can feature a setting for almost every food imaginable, or simpler controls. Some microwaves feature lots of power output, and therefore, lots of power usage. Turntables are, for the most part, standard in microwaves as well. When shopping for your next microwave, consider where the microwave will be placed and how much space you will need. Microwaves should last for many years, so it may be wise to check customer reviews of past purchases. When you have your home inspected, built in microwaves should be inspected for operation. In order to keep your microwave working as it should, clean it regularly using the manufacturers' recommended cleaning process.
*Helpful Hint* Never operate the microwave empty. This can create unsafe conditions for the user and shorten the microwaves lifespan.
The list of features is almost endless in modern dishwashers. When your home is inspected, the built in dishwasher will be inspected for operation, and proper installation. These days, it's possible for the average buyer to afford incredibly quiet dishwashers. In fact, many are so quiet that you may be unsure they're working! Dishwashers can also vary placement of dirty dishes, number and size of dish racks, and cleaning features. Many dishwashers today even include food disposers for larger debris left on your dishes!
In our hard water region, it's probably a good idea to connect your dishwasher to an R.O. or water softening system if possible. Also, you may consider using a rinse aid type product to help clean your dishes.
From under $1000, to tens of thousands of dollars in price, the possibilities and features of these appliances are almost unlimited. What type of energy supply will you need? Gas or electric? As a general rule, gas appliances can usually go from off, to ready to cook, more quickly than electric, though modern electrical technology is steadily closing the gap in performance. A home inspection will review the performance of the appliance. Space available for placement can be a very important factor in choosing a new oven/range. There are a wide variety of sizes and functions available.
Keeping your oven/range clean as per manufacturers' guidelines can sometimes greatly improve the long term performance of this appliance.
Appliances are not usually inexpensive, so it's in your best interest to take care of your investment. As a home inspector, I can help you make sure that the appliances that come with your new home are operating as they should!
Call me today!