Pros and Cons of replacing appliances

By Tenant

When I moved in to my apartment it already has a working washer and dryer that is very old, unproductive and not really effective when it comes to getting my clothes clean. I am seriously considering buying a new and working washer and dryer for the apartment.  But I have a serious question in mind; would it be worth it for me to replace them? After some serious thought, here is what I think of the pros and cons.

Pros of replacing the washer and dryer:

  • One way to reduce my utility bill for gas and electricity is to buy a high efficiency washer and dryer.
  • Less detergent would be used.
  • I never have to wash again my clothes twice because they are already clean during the first wash.
  • My water consumption would drop, meaning I have to pay less for my water bill.
  • I can now stop over drying my clothes.

Cons of replacing the washer and dryer:

  • There are actually working washer and dryer in a laundry room that I can use anytime.
  • Buying a new one could cost me about $1500 even more than that.
  • It is heavy and expensive.
  • It would take a while to lift when moved.
  • It will not be on the list of items I have to get into the moving truck when I leave the apartment.
  • There is no guarantee that I can get a refund from my landlord for it.

Have you recently replaced any appliances in a rental unit? Was it worth the trouble? Bear in mind though that there are times where you replaced one of the appliances in your rental unit and you can neither get a refund for it nor bring it with you by the time you move out of the rental unit. So it would be safe if you put in your lease agreement that any appliances you bought will either be refunded or is yours when you move out.

Edited on: Sunday, March 17th, 2013 12:19 am

15 Responses to “Pros and Cons of replacing appliances”

My response: (We welcome stories, examples, explanations, answers and a touch of your personality)


March 17th, 2013 12:20 am

Can I sue my landlord if he took the appliance I bought when I moved out?


March 17th, 2013 12:20 pm

How much must my landlord pay me for the things I bought?


March 18th, 2013 12:40 am

You really have to think twice before buying replacing old stuff in the apartment.


March 18th, 2013 1:00 pm

Why would you replace it using your own money in the first place?


March 19th, 2013 1:20 am

What if I bought it and it was not written in my lease


March 19th, 2013 1:40 pm

Can my landlord withhold my security deposit if I insist on taking the appliance I bought?


March 20th, 2013 2:00 am

Is it illegal for my landlord to demand I pay the appliance I replaced and at the same time take the new appliance?


March 20th, 2013 2:20 pm

Would it be a waste of time filing a case for small courts?


March 21st, 2013 2:40 am

How can I know if the price my landlord gave me for the stove is reasonable?


March 21st, 2013 3:00 pm

Is there any way I can get my refund without filing a lawsuit?


March 22nd, 2013 3:20 am

The washer and dryer in my apartment broke before I even moved in and I replaced it with a new one


March 22nd, 2013 3:40 pm

Having a new washer and dryer is indeed very helpful. But I would rather want my landlord to replace it for me.


March 23rd, 2013 4:00 am

Can I demand my landlord to pay me for the stove I replaced if I have receipts?


March 23rd, 2013 4:20 pm

Can my landlord evict me for replacing his broken appliances?


March 24th, 2013 4:20 am

I would definitely file a lawsuit if my landlord insists of not paying me back for the things I replaced in the apartment.


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