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If A Fridge Is Too Big To Fit, It's Too Big To Fit

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

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 14 commentsJay Markanich • April 15 2016 04:02AM

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Oh yes, I have a customer who bought a home and they did that.  The cabinets are from the 50's and of course fridges are larger now.  Theirs doesn't look so bad though.

They will need to cut it again because they have asbestos tile there and we need to encapsulate it and put flooring on top for safety reasons (as it came up in one area.  Eventually, they'll replace the cabinets.  But for now, we have to make things safer (which is more important than the aesthetics of the top cabinet.

Posted by Women of Westchester Working Together, Women helping Women get ahead (Women of Westchester Working Together) over 3 years ago

Debbie - once I saw where someone cut a granite counter top to fit the fridge!  It was rough, and looked awful.

Moving that fridge out to put flooring on top might break the tiles there!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

All we can do is try to be encouraging and positively try to redirect them in a different path and if that doesn't work, just grin and bare it!  Great blog...thanks for sharing!

Posted by Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team ( Elite Realty Group) over 3 years ago

Jay, I am one of those people that try to make something fit when it doesn't and refrigerators are one of those items. I am always trying to think of a way to "make it happen".

Posted by Susan Laxson CRS, Local Knowledge & Global Network (HomeSmart Professionals) over 3 years ago

Good morning Jay. Have seen this before and could only think: "what were they thinking?"! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) over 3 years ago

Thanks Norma.  I assure you, my client here wasn't grinning!

Susan - all true.  But it is so much easier to measure twice and buy once!

Wayne - I have seen some true disasters.  But thought this would be a fun post.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

Good point Jay Markanich I've seen a lot of butcher jobs here on flips as well as by do it yourselfers.

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor (Ward County Notary Services) over 3 years ago

It's an epidemic Bob!  I'm not sure what to do about it.  I blame it partly on HGTV - "Look honey, they did that whole new room in an hour!"

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

Good morning Jay. In my last home the refrigeration was perfect. When it died, I had no choice but to buy one that protruded more, only 6 inches but it bothered me.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 3 years ago

Most newer appliances are bigger, Sheila, if you go with good quality.  The cheap stuff is smaller, and dramatically smaller.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

And if that weren't bad enough, isn't the hinge on the wall side of the fridge?  Good luck getting the right hand crisper drawer open all the way.  And don't even think about trying to remove it to clean.

Posted by Stephen Weakley (Nationwide Mortgage Services) over 3 years ago

Yes Stephen.  My favorite way to see it installed...

Or maybe not.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

I was very careful to measure a couple years ago before we replaced our refrigerator.  Fits perfectly.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) over 3 years ago

Um, measure twice, fit once, Chris Ann?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

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