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Buying second hand appliances

If you are in the market for a new washing machine, fridge or freeze then you may struggle to fork out the high costs of a brand new one. Second hand appliances can often be picked up at a fraction of the cost of a new one and often have a good few many years left in them.

There are a number of places in which you can buy second hand appliances but you need to think carefully before parting with your cash. If you are buying a reconditioned appliance from a shop they should be able to give you some sort of warranty, if not then I would be a little dubious and go elsewhere.

If you are buying from a private buyer then ideally you want it to be someone you know or at least make sure that you see the item fully working before committing to the sale. It may be that it has an intermittent fault on it and unfortunately not everyone is honest and you may not find out until you have gone through the hassle and expense of transporting it and installing it.

Try to establish why the buyer is selling this one and find out how long they have owned it for. If they will not let you see it working, then it’s time to look elsewhere.

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Measuring up for a new appliances

When choosing a new appliance such as a fridge freezer it is important to think carefully about where it will go. It is easy to get carried away when you go to the shops and find yourself walking out having bought a huge American style one that you have no room for.

Before you place an order in person or online, be sure to measure the exact dimensions of the room you have available for it. You may be surprised at the differences in sizes that are available to you. You also need to think about how you will get it in to its chosen location. For example, it may be that the door ways in your home are very narrow, to although it will fit in the room you will have to take doors off etc. to get in to your home in the first place.

If you only have a small kitchen then choosing a massive fridge-freezer will make the room look even smaller. Obviously you need to ensure that you have one that’s big enough to store all the food you need to but no too big to dominate the whole room and leave little space for anything else.

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Selling second hand appliances

If you have recently ordered a new fridge, freezer, washing machine etc. then you will often need to get rid of the old one before it arrives (or shortly after) to make room. If the appliance has stopped working and is relatively old then you may just take it to the tip, but if it is ok just not suitable for you anymore then you may want to sell it.

There are a number of ways in which you can sell old appliances but lots of people are turning to the internet to assist them. Places such as Ebay and Gumtree allow you to list items for sale that you no longer want or need. On Ebay you can offer to deliver the item and with its payment system, you can be sure that funds have been received before you dispatch and item. Gumtree is used more for local collections as there is no way to pay through the site.

If the item is not working but still has plenty of life left in it then you may want to sell it to a repair show or donate it to them. It may be of no use to you but they might be able to get it working again or strip it down to use for spare parts.

Social media sites such as Facebook make it easy to sell items locally. It also has no payment facility, so you need to arrange this yourself with the buyer, but you can list a product that can be seen instantly by a large number of people in a group.

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What rights do you have when making purchases

Do you know what rights you have when it comes to returning purchases you have made? Not many people fully understand what they are entitled to, but being aware of this can help you get what you want.  Many items and shops have different rules regarding returning items. Some items such as briefs, make up and food cannot be returned unless damaged or faulty due to hygiene reasons.  

If you buy an item in the sale, then you may be advised that the item will be exchange only meaning you cannot get your money back. If it is exchange only, you may be able to ask for a credit note instead to use at another time. Again this should not include items that are damaged or faulty as then you are entitled to a refund.  

All electrical goods sold new should come with a 12 months warranty which may be with the retailer or with the manufacturer. Some may even come with more than 12 months but often you will need to register an extended warranty with the manufacture for this to be activated.

If you need to return an item that is damaged or faulty, you may want to call the retailer first to find out what their policy is.   

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Is your Smart meter being used in the right way?

If you opted to have a smart meter fitted you may be enjoying not having to give meter readings over the phone or wait for the knock at the door from the electricity or gas company wanting to come in and take the reading from the meters.
This is only one of the advantages that a smart mete can offer and it is important to make sure that you understand how it works and the functionality to allow you to start accurately budgeting and start cutting down on your bills.
The smart meters are designed to show you what you are instantly using in the home and what your running costs are. The smart meter will show you the amount of gas and electric you are using at that time (often kw/h or £/hr) and you can then see the impact using your kettle or having your heating clicked up is having on your overall usage. Often the smart meters do not show you the daily rate you may be being charged and it is easy to forget that. You may be surprised when your bill comes through higher than you had anticipated because you did not factor in the standing charge.
If you notice your meter is showing a higher price per hour than you would like, start to look around your home to see what you could turn off that may reduce the cost. Some smaller items may not seem to make much of a difference on their own but could cut down the costs when accumulated.

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