Why Community Area Laundry Rooms?
The results are clear
An independent nationwide study concluded that when residents are given the option of a clean, convenient, attractive and affordable laundry room, most would not pay more rent to live in an apartment unit with laundry connections, or even a unit with a washer and dryer provided.
Airing some dirty laundry
The common perception of community area laundry rooms used to be that they're stuffy, cramped, noisy, and generally unfriendly looking places where residents don't want to spend their time or money doing their laundry. Unfortunately, years ago that idea wasn't far from reality.
But that was then.
When residents began putting pressure on owners and developers to build apartments with in-unit washer and dryer hookups, many in the industry believed — incorrectly — that it was because they didn't want community area laundry rooms. The reality is they just didn't want the common area laundry rooms of the past.
The Case for Community Area Laundry Rooms
MLA and its member companies have always known about the benefits of community area laundry rooms, for everyone involved:
Residents would just as soon not spend (or cannot afford to spend) the money for washers and dryers and the necessary maintenance costs associated with them. And if they pay their own utilities, in-unit washers and dryers drive up those costs as well.
Most apartments are not known for their sprawling floor space or storage capacity, and because in-unit washers and dryers often take up valuable square footage, that makes them unappealing to residents.
With busy lives, residents like doing more than one load of laundry at a time and getting done with the task faster.
When it's time to move, most residents don't want the hassle of having to move heavy machines out of their apartments.
For apartment owners/managers
Most owners and managers want to focus on property management and not laundry. Using a professional MLA laundry route operator allows an owner or manager to reap the savings and other benefits without having to become experts in laundry services for their properties.
In-unit washers and dryers not only use a lot more water and drive up overall utility costs, but they also can lead to flooding or other water damage, not to mention floor and wall damages when moved. And, in-unit connections require more plumbing, venting and electrical wiring which is costly.
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