By Brad Hadfield
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It's been said the kitchen is the heart of the home—and it's no secret that a well-kept kitchen can help sell a home.

But new refrigerators, ovens, dishwashers, and other kitchen updates—especially those loaded with fun modern features—can be expensive. Thanks to eBay, finding quality new or used appliances that fit your space and budget is easy. Before you begin modernizing for yourself or prepping for sale, consider these five appliance shopping tips:

  • Research all available options. Shopping for appliances on eBay gives you access to thousands of sellers and a wide variety of brands and prices. Before you start shopping, make a list of must-have and nice-to-have features to help to guide your search. For example, if energy efficiency is important to you, you’ll want to search for ENERGY STAR-certified products. If you have young children, you might want to check out electric range stoves with lockout switches. And if you’re on a budget, eBay lets you set a price range to keep your search on target.
  • Know your space. It may seem obvious, but many shoppers forget to measure first. Learn from their mistakes and put your tape measure to work now. In addition to measuring where the appliance will go, think about which way doors will open. You may discover that a top- or bottom-mounted refrigerator would be best, or maybe French doors make the most sense for the space. You’ll also want to check each entryway on the route to the kitchen—your new refrigerator may fit in its assigned spot, but if it won’t fit through the front door, it may not make it into its new home.
  • Check product reviews and prices. The hardest part of shopping for major appliances online is that you aren’t able to see the product in action before you buy it. Narrow your search to a few specific model numbers and consult online reviews. For the most useful information, try to find unbiased, professional product reviews or critiques from actual consumers. As you check reviews, research the average selling prices of the appliance as well to make sure you’re getting the best deal.
  • Ask questions. When you shop for appliances on eBay, there’s no salesperson hovering over you ready to address your concerns. Instead, you have the option of asking the seller questions directly, and it’s in their best interest to answer quickly, fully, and honestly. Once you’ve identified the right appliance for you, feel free to ask big questions, such as the status of the warranty, or more obscure questions, like the interior dimensions of a microwave.
  • Get to know your seller. You’re about to make a big purchase, and it’s important to have all the details you need about both the product and the seller. Check your seller’s history and read reviews from other buyers so you can bid or buy with confidence.
Now that you know how to find the right appliances on eBay, you can enjoy the savings and convenience that come along with that. And there’s no time like the present, because right now Liberty Mutual Insurance is offering eBay Bid Protection. With Bid Protection, if you’re outbid by someone else, Liberty Mutual could replace the item you’re bidding on—for free. Enter now, then start creating your dream kitchen1.

Next, Create a Home Inventory

Once your new kitchen is outfitted, help protect it by creating a home inventory. From new kitchen appliances to precious family heirlooms, you can catalog your belongings with ease using Liberty Mutual’s Home Gallery® app for iPhone, iPad and Android devices. In the event of a loss or theft, having a home inventory can be a lifesaver.

1 No purchase necessary for the Sweepstakes. 50 US/DC, 18+ ends 9/1/2015. Click here for Official Rules.


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