I say this to clients all the time - if a fridge is too big to fit, it's too big to fit.
Often, very often, clients want to change the fridge, and upgrade the one that's in the house they are going to buy.
My advice - measure carefully!
There are five dimensions to measure - three on the sides (wall to cabinet or counter top, high, middle and low) and two up and down (floor to cabinet bottom - don't assume the cabinet above is level!).
To my clients I say this all the time - "If the fridge is 1/4" too big, it's 1/4" too big!"
Then the comeback is, "Can we cut the cabinet if the fridge is too big?"
My answer -
"Yes, you can. But it will look terrible."
Well, the Flipper in this house did just that - cut the cabinet to accommodate a fridge that is too large to fit the space provided.
AND IT LOOKS TERRIBLE!
And here Flipper didn't even bother to sand off the rough spots and splinters! Nothing is straight. Nothing looks right. This is not smart.
A refrigerator that is slightly smaller in size does not have that many fewer cubic square feet inside. Nobody will notice. The only thing a buyer will notice - THE ONLY THING - is if the fridge is old or new. Who reads the label to say the square footage inside isn't enough?
My recommendation: measure carefully! Space matters! A fridge that's 1/4" too big is 1/4" too big! And be sure the new fridge is small enough to fit inside of the SMALLEST dimension in your measurement. Your cabinets will appreciate your decision!
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560