You've just bought a new houseware or appliance. Take it home and enjoy it right? Well, you will get to enjoy it, but first things first. Take a few steps right away - they can save you money in the long term and ensure that you can enjoy your new product longer and in some cases, even better.
Keep Proof of Purchase:
Look for your sales receipt or credit card voucher and file it for future reference. You'll need it for warranty repairs or replacement, if your product isn't working properly, turns out not to be suitable, or assembly parts are missing. The receipt will also denote if you have an over-the-counter replacement guarantee. In this case you should fold up the box, tape the receipt to it and store it. I generally keep packaging anywhere from a few days to the extent of the warranty period.
File Product Manual & Warranty Papers:
All too often these very important product documents are overlooked or forgotten in the packaging and discarded. Even if you feel you can safely and correctly set up your product without it, the manual should be kept as it contains more useful information than just set-up instructions. Product manuals or operation guides vary in size, from an attached product tag to a small booklet. Read my 10 Reasons to Read Your Product Manuals
for the importance of these guides.
Add the date of purchase, where you purchased it and the warranty period on the top cover of your manual. For easy reference, use an expanded file or folder to keep all your product manuals and receipts together. These records also come in very handy for home assets listings and insurance claims. Review this file every few years to discard manuals that are no longer required because products are long gone.
If you've lost your appliance manual, you may be able to obtain another from the manufacturer's website. My listing of Brands and Manufacturers
may help, or you can enter your make and model number along with the words 'product manual' in your browser to locate one online.
Set Up Your New Product or Appliance:
Some products may not require set-up instructions, but others have their unique sequence of steps to ensure safe and trouble-free assembly. Many of us wait until we've arrived at a roadblock before we open the manual, and this mistake just increases set-up time and causes needless aggravation. After all, the makers of the product know how best it should be assembled - take their advice.
Note any special recommendations regarding time to wait after set up before operating the product, as well important installation guidelines. Your manual will also confirm if you are likely to have extra parts left over or not, which can allay your fears that a step was missed. These extra parts such as hardware required to reverse a dryer door can come in very handy downstream if you relocate; file them away with your manual.
Review Your Product Features & Maintenance Tips:
Now that set-up is complete, take time to familiarize yourself with the operation guide or manual. Read what features this product has and how to set them up. You may be pleasantly surprised to find that it has more time-saving, energy efficiency and convenience features than you first thought. You'll also find useful information on how often to change filters and troubleshooting tips. Other resources you may find helpful:
Register Your New Appliance:
For your warranty to be in effect, you should Take Time to Register Your New Appliance
. This can be done online, or by mail with the accompanying registration card. It's a good idea to record your product serial number which is located right on the item.
Enjoy Your New Purchase:
Have fun and enjoy your new purchase, try out special features and recipes if applicable. Follow your manufacturer's recommendations. Store accessories together in a convenient place. For great recipe ideas see Recipes at About
Purchase is Not What You Expected?
If you've realized that this new product does not meet your expectations, does not work as advertised or is not suitable for you, check out your retailer's return policy. Return policies and periods do vary, refer to your retailer's website, product manual or make a few calls. Re-package it carefully and return it with your proof of purchase for exchange, credit or refund. It is advisable to know your retailer's return policies before you actually purchase from them - this can save you hassles in the future.
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