What To Do When Money Is Tight & An Appliance Breaks Down
When it comes to keeping our homes spick and span, our appliances are a great help. From our washing machines to our steam mops, without them, we’d be lost when it came to tackling our daily chores. We’re lucky to live in a time where technology is a big part of our lives and makes keeping our homes clean and tidy quicker and easier than ever. The downside to relying on technology, of course, is that should one of our trusty appliances break down, we can’t always afford to fix them. So, on that note, what can you do when money is tight and an appliance that you rely on breaks down?
Find out if it’s fixable
The first step is to determine whether the problem is fixable. Often, problems with appliances tend to be due to minor faults, and so, are fairly easy to fix. You may not even have to pay to have your appliance fixed if it’s still under warranty. Remember, most electrical appliances come with warranties of between three and ten years. So before you panic about paying to have an item fixed, check if it’s still under warranty. If it’s not, the next step is to look into how much it would cost to repair it. Say, for instance; your vacuum has stopped working. It could be worth looking at the prices that local vacuum repair specialists charge.
Opt to buy refurbished instead of brand new
If it turns out that your appliance isn’t fixable, then the next step is to look at replacing it. If money’s too tight to buy a new vacuum cleaner or steam mop, the next step should be to look at refurbished appliances. A lot of refurbished appliances work just as well as brand new ones and come with a warranty, but cost a fraction of the price that they would cost new. If money is tight, opting to buy refurbished appliances could be your best option.
Buy now, pay later
Is money so tight that you can’t even stretch as far as refurbished appliances? If that’s the case, why not choose to buy through a company that offers buy now, pay later options? That way you get your replacement appliance and can pay it off in affordable monthly instalments over a set period of time. Or, if there’s not an option for buy now, pay later, perhaps you could consider getting a credit card to use to buy your appliance? Then, over time, you could slowly pay back the amount that you’ve borrowed.
The things that we rely on, such as our vacuum cleaners, always break down at the most inconvenient time, don’t they? When money is tight and an appliance that you rely on breaks down, it can be hard to know what to do. You can’t live without it, but you also don’t have the funds to replace it. It’s a real nightmare and one that no one wants to have to deal with. The good news, however, is that the tips and suggestions above should make dealing with this type of situation a little easier.