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  • HMO & Multi-Lets

    Electrical appliances, what works for you?

    I've not had that much luck with the electrical appliances in my HMO's.

    Fridge freezers are now a no-no as one bit (usually the freezer) stops working and then the whole unit becomes not worth fixing financially when it's out of warranty. Plus I've also found design faults (I'm looking at you Beko) which means it'll not last year in year out.

    I'm now looking to go either separate under counter fridge(s) and big chest freezer, or an upright tall larder fridge alongside a tall larder freezer.

    Separate appliances (none combined) seems to be the only way to go, and not built in either! Separate hob, separate oven etc. Etc.

    What have you found does/doesn't work with your HMO's?

    Are there any brands you buy/avoid?

    I always look to buy with maximum extended warranty. If it lasts 5 years I'm happy!

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    Maybe best is to buy new with extended warranty? If it is second hand, anything can happen. Then ii is the hassle of wasting time to replace.

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    I always buy brand new. I've found Argos only do 3 year warranties, Currys seem to be going the same way on certain appliances, so it's only John Lewis who do 5 year guarantees.

    The problem I've found with these companies is the hit n miss way that problems get booked in, and you are totally at the maintenance companies 'all day appointment' strategy.

    Yep, as you can tell I'm finding it a bit tedious!

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    Beware. These extended warranties normaly do not cover you unless you use it for personal use. Example; the Argos warranty states for a single household use and not for business use. So you can be wasting your money buying extended warranties.

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    I think you are unlucky I guess. Are they good models? The problem with hmos is that they wear out quickly. I have to change the shower hose twice a year and the door handle to the kitchen fire door about once a year. Is unusual for fridge freezers to die quickly. My second hand one was given to me by the previousp and lasted 4 years. So happy with that. I did buy a new one this year with two years warranty. I hope it lasts for three years.


    Other option is to buy second hand ones. I did look but could not find one to fit snugly into the kitchen alcove.

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    Its all the luck of the draw!

    Bought 2x identical Samsung FF's, first one lasted 4 years, second one still going 8 years on but will need swapping out soon.

    For shower hoses I use Grohe silver plastic hoses (looks like a hose pipe!), not very flexible but they don't break or get limescaled up! Shower heads there's a new Triton 5-varying flow version with easily removed head plate for de-limescaling.

    I've not had any problems with Hotpoint tumble driers other than Grenfell recalls, they seem to work well (fingers crossed).

    Second hand with good after sales service from a local company I would definitely consider.

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    2nd hand fridges etc can have cockroaches as they are attracted by heat.

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    Yep but the revenue from hmos should cover it. I just hope that most of your tenants are long term .I have a couple of tenants that have been there for years. Makes the HMO experience easier to manage.


    Regards

    Sow


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    I don't have an HMO, I have a house shared with lodgers. Most of my appliances are Neff integrated, all purchased second hand. I've only had to replace the dishwasher in the past 7 years. I have a Belling double oven which is over 10 years old and required a new thermostat around 4 years ago. Laundry is courtesy of Hotpoint, again very reliable.

    For a limited budget I have always chosen quality second hand over new but cheap. The same seems to apply for TVs.

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    I think you're right re: quality used rather than new with built-in obsolecence!

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    I buy second hand from Sue Ryder charity shops, they have them reconditioned by "Rework" part of DHL, consequently they come with a warranty.

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