The logistic challenge of installing washer and dryer sets is one of the biggest concerns for rental communities which currently do not have in-unit laundries. It is important to carefully identify any potential issues for your buildings and units to avoid problems later. Some of the more common issues rental communities experience include the size of the units, no pre-existing washer dryer connections, no dryer vents, and no in-unit laundry rooms.
Each of these issues is not difficult to resolve by selecting the most appropriate washer and dryer sets. In situations where there are no pre-existing dryer vents, installing ventless dryers overcomes this issue. For rental homes without laundry rooms, you could use a hallway closet, pantry closet, or other area in the unit to install a compact stackable washer and ventless dryer. Just keep in mind, with compact stackable laundry pairs, you will need to tap existing water, drain, and electrical lines, so they should be easily accessible.
If space is a concern, or it is not easy to convert existing closets in your units, another option is to install a compact all-in-one washer and ventless dryer. An all-in-one solution combines both washing and drying features into a single appliance. The appliance may be installed under a countertop in the kitchen where water, drain, and electrical lines are easier to access, or converted into a portable unit with wheels which is easily connected to the kitchen faucet to do laundry.
For further assistance in finding the best laundry solutions for your rental homes, contact us at 800-875-1533.
Next to location, in-unit laundry is the most demanded feature in apartments today. Ask any leasing agent how many prospects hang up when told they would have to use shared laundry facilities. In today’s soft market every lost prospect equals lost money. Apartments with in-unit laundry command higher rents ($40-$100+) with lower turnover than comparable apartments with shared laundry. In-unit laundry also increases rent roles, attracts a better clientele and significantly increases your properties capitalization rate.
This means no ductwork, no fire rated vent chase, no finish work inside the apartment, no new holes in the building envelope, no make up air requirements, no fans, and greatly simplified design and construction.
Lower Water Discharge Rate
Our machines have a water discharge rate that is less than a dishwasher and can easily be connected to existing plumbing lines without creating plumbing problems. Conventional top-load washers dump over 13 gallons of water at a 16 gallon per minute discharge rate. Our high efficiency front-loaders discharge 5 gallons of water at a 6 gallon per minute rate.
Space is money in multi-family housing. All of our machines are UL approved for under the counter installation. This means a kitchen or bathroom installation is very feasible. They all fit inside 24” closets and can easily be raised on platforms while still providing the laundry capacity to keep your residents happy.
Low Maintenance and Operating Costs
According to the multi-family laundry association’s study (see above), residents will tend to wash more loads with in-unit equipment. However, front-loading washers that use less than half the water of conventional washers, while maintaining capacity. Consequently your water bills will stay the same or even decrease while your rent rises dramatically. These washers also use a fraction of the soap, so there is less impact on older plumbing.