Kitchen appliances and 5 things to consider

Home Inspector with Elliott Home Inspection

A guide to types of appliances ,how to install properly,and deciding what type to buy.

There are many various types of appliances (a devise or tool designed for a specific task) and when it comes to kitchens they are used mainly in the preparation of food or related tasks.

Lets start with an empty kitchen and from scratch think about what we want in the kitchen that would assist us in food preparation to start with however there is more to it than that .

Below is a list of things to concider off the top of my head.

1) Layout

Meaning planning where everything will sit as once in place the major layout is set and rearranging is not possible such as when you switch a living room couch from one wall to another.Stoves have gas lines,refidgerators have water lines ,sinks have drains and waterlines,etc.

2) Space

This relates directly to layout and will be the limiting factor in determing what you can do or install.

3) Daily use

Will this room be used just for cooking or will it also be used for eating,sitting,social gathering ?

(see space)

4) Value

Remodeling a kitchen can be costly so are you going to get back the amount of cash you put in to making this the kitchen of your dreams and do you even care?

5) Appliances

Which appliances will you need to assist you in cooking,cleaning,etc ?

Lets begin with appliances,what to get,and how to install.



Comments (5)

Scott Baker Coldwell Banker Realty - Liberty Township, OH
Realtor Homes for Sale Cincinnati/Dayton Ohio

That is one thing about the kitchen unlike any other room in the house, except baths, once you place it, it is probably there for life...or at least a very long time. So choose wisely.

Thank you.

Feb 23, 2012 05:55 AM
Bob Elliott
Elliott Home Inspection - Chicago, IL
Chicago Property Inspection

Hi Scott 

Thanks for the comment.

Should I add anything else or did I cover it ?

This is a live draft and I will now go onto with comments on appliances.Heading out for a last minute inspection but will add more real soon.

My past life included installing appliances for Sears so will start there.

Feb 23, 2012 06:06 AM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Bob - Thank you for sharing detailed quality information on kitchen appliances and five things to consider.

Feb 23, 2012 07:18 AM
Atlanta's Home Inspector, David Lelak IHI Home Inspections
IHI Home Inspections 404-788-2581 - Canton, GA
Experience the IHI Difference

Kitchens do usually attract buyers. It is important to know the options that not only work for you as the homeowner, but what might also potentially help in the sale of your home if or when you decide to move. Great information! :)

Feb 23, 2012 11:21 PM
Bob Elliott
Elliott Home Inspection - Chicago, IL
Chicago Property Inspection

Thanks John

Hi Dave and Bonnie,you guys look too cute together.

Not much information yet but hopefully by doing this in short segments it will contribute something especially through comments by all here.

Will try and keep it simple so it is not time consuming to scroll through.

Feb 27, 2012 04:07 PM