(Closed) Will you rent a place without a washer/dryer but has a laundry mat close by?

posted 4 years ago in Home
Post # 93
2087 posts
Buzzing bee

We used to live in a place without a w/d in unit but there was a laundry room on site. I wouldn’t personally rent a place where I’d have to drive to a laundromat, because then I’d have to spend my day at the laundromat, I couldn’t just start the washer/dryer and then come back in 30 minutes or so. 

Post # 94
2178 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I think its crazy how many people are saying totally no… I mean to be depends on the location, price, area, how nice the place is etc. I think that you should put it on the market and see what happens. I would bet it rents just fine.

I would obviously choose a place that had all the same qualities and a W/D over one that didn’t but you can always do wash & fold service for a few bucks more so you don’t need to spend the time at the laundry. I secretly sort of hate that we have a W/D now in a way cause now I have no excuse to not do the laundry and taking it out would just be really lazy!

Post # 95
730 posts
Busy bee

Drive? No way. If I could install a washer, sure, if I loved the place, but there’s no way I’d hesitate to install the washer. I can live without a dryer.

Post # 96
5154 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

gpiglet:  Nope. Not as an adult in my late twenties. Perhaps as a kid in my early twenties or in college, I would have considered it. 

Post # 97
1041 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I wouldn’t.

Post # 98
1980 posts
Buzzing bee

From your perspective, I’m sure you could find someone willing to compromise on it, though it may depend on your specific market. The unit sounds great otherwise.

As a renter, I would have in-unit laundry high on my list, but for the right place I could skip it. There are much worse things to do without.

Post # 99
9570 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

I wouldn’t if it could be helped.  If the complex has washer/driers for the entire building, that’s fine.. not ideal, but it still means I can run my laundry and go upstairs and do some work.  I don’t have the patience to spend a couple hours of my week, every week, waiting for the laundry to finish.

I’d take to heart what people are saying here–in general it seems that people who will settle for no w/d are often younger.  It might be worth having one so you can not only charge a bit more but, more importantly, so you can target more mature individuals.  While some adults are slobs, in general they’ll probably damage your apartment less over the years.

Post # 100
2342 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

gpiglet:  No.

Post # 101
209 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

gpiglet:  From my experience with the rental market, you will gain a lot more value installing a W/D than buying new kitchen appliances (range/hood/fridge etc).  Renters do not place as much of a premium on a kitchen since they’re only living there temporarily and can get by with crappier kitchen appliances, but W/D is considered a real convenience.  Perhaps you can talk to your husband about re-considering buying 2nd hand kitchen appliances so you can make room in your budget for a W/D.  Also, tenants won’t care about a motion sensor light (but that’s probably not that expensive to install).

Post # 103
6524 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

gpiglet:  $875 for a 1 Br, thats a dream. A 1 BR where I live costs a minimum of $1200

Post # 104
8918 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

gpiglet:  I would not. Once I was out of college, even when I was poor I still went for the cheapest apartment with a W/D.

Post # 105
6826 posts
Busy Beekeeper

I’m currently a renter and put up with a lot, including paying for a lot of repairs on my own and supplying some of my own appliances to have a small house in a great neighborhood–not having a W/D would be a deal breaker for me. 

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