Purchasing kitchen appliances can be an exciting time for any homeowner or renter. The new appliances do a good job of adding pizzazz to a less-than-exciting kitchen and can change the focus of the home. They key to buying new pieces for your kitchen is knowing where to begin. Moreover, you need to set guidelines before you just start buying up the most newfangled items in the showroom, so to speak.Here is a basic guide for the general homeowner or renter when it comes to buying appliances for their kitchen:Have a Clear Vision for Your Kitchen – You need to have a plan for what you are updating in your kitchen. Are you looking to keep a certain color scheme or change it? Is there a chance you may add an interesting backsplash? Will you change out your countertops? As a homeowner, you definitely have to think about all facets of your kitchen.Establish A Budget from the Start – Nothing hurts a project more than not having a full understanding of where things stand financially. It may seem to take the wind out of your sails when you give yourself a limit like this, but the right money moves will make a big difference down the line for any responsible homeowner.Understand Your Energy Use – Much the same way you’ve taken the time to understand the money involved with kitchen appliances purchases, you need to take into account what kind of energy usage your prospective appliance will draw.Efficiency vs Free – This is more of a note toward renters who are mulling over making changes to appliances in their rental property. If you have clearance from your landlord, buying new kitchen “toys” is tempting, but if what you have works & you didn’t pay anything, you’ve actually come out on top. However, rental properties don’t regularly update their appliances, which means these older models may not be as energy-efficient as you’d like. This can cost more in your utility bill, so even though the appliances cost you nothing, they are costing you money.Responsibility for Repair – Renters also need to keep in mind who might be responsible to make repairs on appliances. Rental agreements may indicate this information, but it would be good to ask about this prior to signing a lease. When it comes to new appliances, responsibility may shift to the renter. One thing to also consider is that new appliances purchased may be seen as a liability by the landlord. It’s a slippery topic but one that needs to be hashed out prior to buying anything.Determine the Space You Have Available – Whether you are a homeowner or renter, you have to determine what kind of space your countertops provide. It’s a simple thing, but you’d be surprised how easy it is to head to an appliance store, buy something large, and then realize that it can’t fit on the space you allotted for it on the counter. Much like the person who buys a vehicle too large for their garage, measuring makes all the difference in the world.