About how much should I pay for appliances for a new condo? This would be a stove range, refrigerator,

Asked by Stressedbuyer, Chicago, IL Wed Feb 27, 2008

dishwasher and built in microwave. My agent priced it out at around $2000 for all together and I did not like the ones she picked because it was the lowest of all the stainless steel appliances and the stove did not even self clean. She says we should ask for a credit of $2000 for appliances because the person selling the property all of a sudden took the appliances eventhough it was on the listing and on the contract:(

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Sheldon Saln…, , Chicago, IL
Fri Apr 4, 2008
I believe the $2000 your agent came up with is low. Appliances can go from $6000 to $8000 if you are going with GE Monogram. Note, your best bet is to take a trip to ABT Appliance store and shop the appliances. Note, it is probably appropriate to consider the price of the condo. i.e. If the price of the condo was $500,000 then the appliance package should probably be closer to the range I suggested, however, if the condo was in the $300,000 the usual appliance package is considerably lower.
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Jeffrey Kropp, Agent, Chicago, IL
Thu Feb 28, 2008
It sounds like the contract was breached, which means you can ask for whatever you want. I would ask for $4000, since you have to replace appliances as a result of such breach. In other words, why would you go out of pocket where the contract as written did not require you to? Another issue: why is your agent involved in the process of choosing appliances and requesting credits? A breach of contract is best addressed by your attorney. Of course I don't have all the facts.
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Ken Dooley, Agent, Chicago, IL
Thu Feb 28, 2008
Do some research online before deciding on the exact credit to ask for. Here's a good place to start: http://www.abtelectronics.com/store/ge. Once you're armed with the necessary information you'll be in a better position to request a credit based on replacement cost.
If the appliances removed were Stainless Steel then a replacement credit should reflect that. However, if the appliances were older and not Stainless Steel your Realtor may be asking for a credit reflecting that. Bottom-line is the appliances shouldn't have been removed if they were written into the contract and spelled out on the listing sheet. Consult with your Attorney to determine the best course of action but do keep your Realtor involved so that an issue like this doesn't cloud a potentially good deal for you.
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Stacy Karel, Agent, Chicago, IL
Wed Feb 27, 2008
I had clients replace theirs with nice Frigidare and Amana (bottom freezer) from Grants Appliance for $3,100 including tax, delivery and install. The 2000 credit may be reasonable because those would be used
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