(Closed) Basement laundry vs. Upstairs laundry room

posted 6 years ago in Home
  • poll:
    Even if it means you have to get the bigger/more expensive house, upstairs laundry is SO worth it! : (55 votes)
    42 %
    It's nice, but shouldn't be a major factor in the decision. : (59 votes)
    45 %
    It's better to have the laundry room in the basement. : (12 votes)
    9 %
    Other : (4 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 3
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    Buzzing Beekeeper

    I voted it’s nice, but shouldn’t be a major factor in the decision.

    Post # 4
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    It’s nice having it upstairs, but personally I’d take a lower mortgage payment over a laundry room on the second level any day.

    Post # 5
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    We have laundry upstairs between the two bedrooms and I LOVE it! It’s something I never thought about until we moved into our townhouse. It’s soo convenient!

    Post # 6
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    It would be nice, but shouldn’t be a major factor in your decision.

    Post # 7
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    Our laundry is in the basement…I kind of hate it but to me it wouldn’t be worth buying the more expensive house if that’s the only undesirable factor. 

    Post # 9
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    We have a 3 story townhouse and our laundry room is in our garage.  I despise having to schlep laundry up & down all the stairs every week.  My dream house would have a laundry room on the second floor.

    Post # 10
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    We don’t have a basement, so our laundry room is on the main floor.  In my old house, we moved the laundry to the basement, because we wanted more space on the main floor. We liked it better. Now I have health issues that would make having the laundry in the basement a huge issue.

    Post # 11
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    How much more expensive are we talking here? 10k? 20k? or 100k???

    If you really plan to be in the house for 20+ years I say go with the more expensive house that has exactly what youre looking for. That’s assuming that the price difference is not 100k!

    FWIW I hate basement laundry rooms but the downside to having the laundry next to bedrooms is that you have to time your drying/washing at times when no one is sleeping or will be disturbed! To me that’s the only positive of a basement laundry room, the rest of the house is quiet no matter when the washer/dryer is turned on.

    Post # 12
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 1992

    I wish my laundry was upstairs. My Darling Husband has this horrible habit of stripping out of his clothes the instant he gets home from work. He throws his clothes all over the place. 

    Post # 13
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    what about the noise issue of the laundry being upstairs? Personally, i’d find it annoying to have to listen to a washer and dryer by the bedrooms. It’d limit the time you could do launry once you have kids – especially if there’s a sleeping baby involved. Plus, I think 2,400 sq ft is kind of insanely big. My friend in TX has a house that big and she has huge open empty spaces in her house because she “just can’t think of how to use the space”. So much waste and so much to heat/cool/clean!

    Post # 14
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    @StuporDuck:  a hamper would solve that problem, too, though!

    Post # 15
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 1992

    @crayfish:  It would if my husband knew how to use it.

    Post # 16
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    Kind of depends on the basement for me…I have a fear of creepy, musty, spidery basements. I have upstairs laundry now, in the hallway between the kitchen and power-room. There is no laundry room, which sort of sucks, but I’d take that over having to fold my clothes with spiders.

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