Analyzing return policies for home improvement products

Getting a refund with the right return policy can be a welcome gift to those looking to take advantage of current post-holiday deals.

In my past few posts, I've been doing a lot of talking about products that have helped me in the past, so now that the holidays are over, I wanted to talk about everyone's favorite subject, taking advantage of deals for themselves. It's with a big of regret that I realized I haven't quite talked about one of the most important features of any electric heater, manual thermostat or home improvement product – its return policy, as this can really help you make a buying decision.

For starters, it's a good idea to look at your chosen company's privacy policy. While many companies offer price-matching incentives, some come with cumbersome time restrictions. (I recommend going with a provider that allows at least 30 days worth of time for you to make a comparison). After all, companies tend to offer their most attractive deals after the holidays, and as such, a big price differential could easily be spotted if you remember to look.

Order cancellation policies are also important. For example, I once accidentally got the same birthday present for my son as his niece. (She was up in arms, saying she didn't know what else to get him.) But, luckily for me, I had a cancellation policy and was able to get a refund on the order. (Note, restocking fees are pretty common, even if the item is in its original packaging.)

Lastly, the return policy may be the most important thing to pay attention to. As much as we'd like to think that our gifts to ourselves will be just what we want, the fact of the matter is that sometimes we're picky customers. While you may not want to choose a product completely off its return policy, this can be a helpful benefit. After all, you don't want to get stuck with a product you can't use and can't return.

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