Managing multi-family properties requires being able to identify key amenities to keep current residents renewing their leases and attracting new tenants to keep your occupancy rates as high as possible. One common amenity many people look for when selecting a rental property is whether it includes in-home laundry. This could be a stackable washer and dryer, conventional side-by-side machines, or a combination appliance.
Not all renters have their own washers and dryers, because it is sometimes difficult to find rentals that include washer and dryer hook-ups. Rather, they do not mind paying a higher monthly rental rate if it includes being able to do laundry without having to go to a laundromat or shared laundry area. Research studies and information obtained from landlords and tenants has shown that rental properties with an in-unit laundry have lower turnover rates than comparable communities with shared laundry facilities. These same units also command higher monthly rental rates, ranging from $40 to $100 or more.
The initial investment into an in-home laundry is often fully recovered within a year or two. After that, any additional rent money you receive is pure profit, other than money spent for repairs or maintenance of your stackable washer and dryers or other laundry appliances. There are advantages to considering either combination or stackable LG models over conventional ones, like ventless drying technologies. With this advantage you do not have to worry about investing additional money to install, clean and maintain dryer vents or to satisfy building codes. Further, this means no duct work, no fire-rated chase vent, no finish work inside the apartment, no new holes in the building envelope, no make-up air requirements, no fans, and a greatly simplified building design for installing in-unit laundries in your existing rental properties.
If you are looking for a cost-effective way to add in-home laundry to your apartments, you should consider a LG washer and dryer combo. What is a combo? It is a single compact appliance that has incorporated both the washing and drying cycles into one machine. Further, this type of laundry unit uses ventless drying, which means you do not need access to a dryer vent.
The advantages of a washer and dryer combo for your apartment homes are pretty clear. First, you do not have to worry about whether the units have been vented for dryers. Even if the building was vented, it still can be costly to keep the vents cleaned and in proper working order. By not needing the vents, you also reduce fire hazards associated with lint problems in dryer vents. Additionally, your insurance rates might be reduced if you install these combination appliances into all of your homes. However, you have to check with your insurance agent.
Another advantage is that the apartment homes do not need dedicated areas within each one for a laundry room. Your new LG combination appliances only require connection to hot and cold water and a discharge drain. The electrical requirements do not require any special outlets and work from any standard 3-prong 110V outlet in the home. You can have a portable kit put on the machines, which allows your tenants the flexibility to connect the washer and dryer to the kitchen sink to do laundry, and then wheel it out of the way once finished.
Multifamily residential housing, such as apartments and condos, should include in-home laundry options in order to be competitive in today’s markets. In the past, it was acceptable to have a central laundry room shared between the residents of numerous buildings in that location of the complex. However, this is no longer good enough for most tenants.
Because of their active and busy lifestyles, people want the flexibility and freedom to do laundry in their own home, using their own washer and dryer. In fact, they do not mind paying more for their monthly rent, lease, or mortgage payment to have this option. They will go out of their way to find communities which feature in-home laundry as an amenity.
Keeping this in mind, there are several different options for both new and rehab multifamily projects to allow you to include in-home laundry using LG washer and dryer models. With new projects, your designs typically include a laundry area in the units. In the past, the problem with the placement of in-home laundry was limited, due to venting regulations. However, this is no longer an issue, today, thanks to LG ventless condensing drying solutions. All that is required when installing an LG washer and condensing dryer is plumbing, a drain, a standard 110V outlet for the washer and a 220V dryer outlet.
For rehab projects, you may want to look into LG washer dryer combo units, as these take up the least amount of space. In addition, they can be converted into portable units and only need access to plumbing, a drain, and a standard 110V outlet. To learn more about your options, or see if you qualify for special quantity pricing, feel free to contact us directly, 1-800-884-8635.
When you are looking for a way to cut back on the amount of electricity and water required to complete laundry in your home, you are able to find energy-efficient options on the market today. One widely popular option used in several countries around the world is a washer and dryer combo. This new style of laundry appliance combines both the washing and drying features into a single space-saving design. Not only are you able to free up extra space in your home, you also are able to cut down on the amount of water and electricity required to complete a load of laundry.
Exactly how much water and electricity can you save by switching to a washer and dryer combo? It depends upon how many loads you typically wash throughout the course of a year. However, regardless of your volume of laundry, this combination appliance only requires between 12 and 15 gallons of water for each wash cycle, compared to 30 gallons for a conventional front loader and the 40 to 60 gallons used by a conventional top loader. Because the washer is using less water, you also save money used to heat hot water for cycles where you use warm or hot water. In addition to these savings, you also reduce the amount of electricity required to dry a load of clothes. The combination unit uses 1.4 kilowatts of power per hour of drying, compared to the 5 or 6 kilowatts used by a conventional dryer.
For example, if you washed and dried 3 loads of clothes per week, that translates into 156 loads per year. The amount of water you could save is at least 2,340 gallons, upwards to 7,020 gallons, depending upon your current conventional washer. Your electricity savings for an hour and a half of drying time per cycle would amount to at least 842.4 kilowatt hours. This does not include the added savings you gained from reducing the electricity costs to heat water for warm and hot cycles.
There are several things you need to be aware of when you are considering purchasing a washer dryer combo. This all-in-one appliance is already popular in other places around the world, including the United Kingdom. Due to its simple installation, size, and portability, it is able to be used in just about any location in the home, even if you do not have a separate laundry room. Some people install them in their kitchen under their countertop, just like their dishwasher. Other people add a wheel kit and kitchen sink adapter kit and roll the appliance right up to the sink any time they need to do laundry. The rest of the time, they store their appliance in a closet or corner out of the way.
The only connection required with a washer dryer combo is access to hot and cold water lines and a drain. If you already have an existing washer connection, you are able to use these with your all-in-one appliance. On the other hand, it not that expensive to plumb new lines by accessing existing water lines already in your house or using a kitchen sink adapter kit. Clothes are dried using ventless dryer connections which means you do not have to worry about installing a vent like you would with a conventional dryer. In addition, there are no special plugs required, as the appliance has a standard 3-prong plug.
Using your combination unit does require adjusting the way you do laundry. Because both the washing and drying cycles are completed in the same appliance, the amount of time per cycle averages around 2 ½ hours. Instead of attempting to do all of your laundry in a single day, it is better to spread it out over the course of several days.
Adding in-unit laundry to your apartments or rental properties is easy and simple, when you install ventless dryer models. These models are designed to dry clothes using different technologies, without the need for any dryer vent. Because no vent is necessary, this means you do not have to worry about running duct work, installing fire-rated vent chases, worrying about passing building code inspections, or dealing with running vents around corners or long distances. As a result, all construction-related costs associated with installing conventional models are completely eliminated.
Options for ventless dryer models include stand-alone and combination appliances. Stand-alone models do require a special dryer electrical outlet and plug. Combination models are able to be plugged directly into a standard three-prong outlet. This means you need to consider your access to washer and dryer hookups in your apartments and rental homes. If there are already existing connections, you are free to choose between either stand-alone or combination models. On the other hand, if there are not any current connections, you have to evaluate the costs of installing a washer hookup, as well as the dryer outlet, against the costs of a combination washer dryer.
With a combination washer dryer, you do not have to have a washer hookup installed. As an alternative, this model is able to be connected directly to a kitchen sink, to draw both hot and cold water, and to use the kitchen drain for any discharge water. All that is required is to add a kitchen sink conversion kit and install a wheel kit onto the appliance.
A compact washer dryer combo is quickly changing how people do laundry. This type of appliance is already very popular in other parts of the world, because it provides people flexibility for doing laundry at home, using a single appliance. In addition, the dryer does not require any sort of dryer vent. As a result, it allows the appliance to be used in any location within the home where there is access to hot and cold water lines and a discharge drain. There is also no special dryer plug required, since the machine plugs right into a regular household three-prong outlet.
Some people place their compact washer and dryer combo in their kitchen under the counter, much like they would a built-in dishwasher, when they do not have a separate laundry area. Connecting the appliance to the water lines and drain is not that complicated, as you are able to tap into the existing lines and drain right in the kitchen. If you are handy with do-it-yourself projects and are familiar with how to tap a water line and drain line, you could do this yourself. However, if you are unsure of the best way to accomplish this, it is recommended to use a professional, or alternatively, convert the appliance into a portable model.
Converting the combination washer and dryer into a portable model involves adding a wheel kit and kitchen sink adapter kit. Once these modifications are made, you can roll the appliance up to your kitchen sink, slip on the sink adapter and use the water right out of the kitchen faucet for washing and drying cycles. Water is discharged from the appliance, directly down the sink drain.