Mistake #1: Not measuring your space.
You need to know exactly how much room you have to accommodate a new appliance, including how much room you need for the door to actually open. You also need to be sure there’s a way to get your new appliance into your house. Take careful measurements in all directions of both where the unit will live as well as any door frames, hallways, or staircases it must travel through to get there — and don’t round up.
Mistake #2: Not knowing your homes hookups.
If there is a water line already in place, it might not be up to code — it’s typically required by law that there be a water shutoff valve installed, to protect against leaks
Mistake #3: Not doing your research.
With this whole internet thing, it can be both extremely easy and totally overwhelming to start digging into product reviews and buying guides. But it’s pretty important to at least have a general idea of what you want.
Mistake #4: Not keeping an open mind.
You grew up with an electric stove; you’ve always had an electric stove; you want an electric stove, gosh darn it! Or maybe you’ve heard that microwave drawers are totally inconvenient and you aren’t even willing to consider one.
Mistake #5: Being too trendy.
Cool new features are just that — totally cool, especially when they’re new. But rather than letting yourself be wowed by the fridge with the wifi- connected camera inside that can show you how low you are on milk, consider: Will you really use it for the money it costs?
Also, is it really worth it to you to spend the money to get appliances with faces to blend in with the rest of your cabinets? While today’s color trends are far less dramatic than the avocado of the 70s, it’s still worth a pause to consider if you’ll still love that currently super-popular black stainless as much in 10 years when your fridge is still humming along.