Why a Common Use Laundry Room can be Better Than In-Unit Equipment

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Apartment laundry rooms are the obvious choice when you don’t have reliable access to a washing machine and dryer. Unless your parents live down the street, you’ll rely on these convenient places on a weekly basis to keep your laundry clean. But what about when you are looking for your next apartment, is in-unit equipment always better? While you might assume having a washer and dryer in-unit is the best option, that’s not always the actual case. Let’s take a look at some reasons a common-use laundry room is better than equipment in your unit.

You save a lot of money.

One of the most obvious advantages of going to the laundromat is the money you can save. The price of a washing machine and dryer is enough to make anyone think twice about the investment. When your lease an apartment, the cost of that equipment and its upkeep is included in your rent. Whether you’re a college student just scraping by or just getting started in your career, spending $50-$100 a month extra rent to have machines in your unit is a significant financial step you might not want to take. When you throw in the additional utility bills associated with running these machines, that right the electricity, water, and sewer can add up to $30-$40 a month, common use laundry rooms start to look like a clear winner.

You free up space in your home.

Washers and dryers are massive appliances that take up a considerable amount of room. If you live in an apartment or smaller home, these machines can take up valuable space that you could use to fulfill other needs such as storage. Stackable washing machines are a more compact alternative, but these have a much higher upfront cost, are less reliable, and are more costly to repair without freeing up that much space. Going to a common-use laundry room is the best option as it makes it possible to save space in your home or apartment while still taking care of your laundry needs.

You get access to more capable machines.

The vast majority of laundry facilities invest in high-grade commercial equipment that easily outperforms any washer and dryer the average apartment developer is unwilling to buy. These advanced machines can offer a more thorough and dynamic clean, so your laundry comes out looking and smelling as fresh as possible. Commercial washers and dryers also have higher capacities than standard machines, making it easier to get all your laundry finished in one cycle.

You have more free time.

It might sound counterintuitive, but going to common-use laundry rooms actually creates more free time in your day. Think about it for a minute. When you’re doing laundry at home, you’re stuck doing one load at a time, tying you to your home for a more extended period. On the flip side, when you use your complex’s shared laundry room, you have an hour block of the day carved out to do multiple loads of laundry at once. While waiting, you could be productive by finishing some homework or catching up on work. If you just feel like relaxing, you could bring a book, listen to some music, watch a movie, or even take a nap. Either way, it’s nice to have a clear span of time where you’re free to do whatever you want.

If you’re interested in learning more about how you can optimize your laundry days, feel free to visit the Coin Meter site today. You’ll get access to insider strategies to help you keep your clothes pristine and fresh.