Friday, April 28, 2006

Where to Find Appliances - Cheap

If you have rental properties, it's only a matter of time before one of the appliances dies on you...and then the tenants will be calling you up right away. There's nothing worse than having to come up with a major appliance in 24 - 48 hours, so plan ahead.
 
I am always on the lookout for good used appliances - and when I find one, I can store it in my garage. This way you can look like a hero when the stove, refrigerator or dishwasher kicks the bucket and you replace it within a day or two (or faster!)
 
So where do I get these appliances? Well, there is eBay of course. Most of these auctions are no shipping so you can create a favorite on one more categories (Home & Garden -> Major Appliances -> Dishwashers) and enter your zip code and the distance you are willing to travel to pick it up. Then subscribe to your favorite with an email notification. Now you will know when someone is selling an appliance near you. You can even enter keywords such as 'white' so you get the color you want.
 
Another good place is craigslist.com. First click on the city or state closest to you; then go to the For Sale section. Go to Household and then you can do a keyword search for what you are looking for (Example: white dishwasher). You will get the results of everyone who has both of those words in their ad. You can even select a minimum and maximum price. Now here's the best part: scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the yellow highlighted RSS word. This can be used to subscribe to your specific search. You can post the results daily into an RSS reader or on your MSN or Yahoo homepage.
 
OK, if you must buy new, you can get some reasonable discounts on GE appliances at their online clearence center at http://geapplianceoutletstore.com 
 
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