For almost 50 years, AAdvantage Laundry Systems has been a premier laundry distributor in the South. Our multi-housing laundry projects have ranged from upscale Dallas high-rises to college dorms to quaint condominiums and duplexes in the suburbs, and we’ve seen our fair share of successful laundry room makeovers along the way. With this in mind, we wanted to offer some tips to landlords and property managers who are looking to renovate the laundry room in their apartment complex, duplex, or condominium. Keep these points in mind before investing time or money in renovating the area or replacing your commercial laundry equipment.
Ask you Tenants What They Want in a Laundry Room
Take some time to talk with existing residents before making any changes to your property, including the laundry facility. They are the ones who utilize the space, thus they will have valuable information. Determine how you can better satisfy their needs and make the area more desirable, from card or smartphone-based payment methods to extra washers and dryers. You will make current residents happy and decrease unit turnover if you consider their preferences and suggestions. And, chances are, potential renters want the same things from their laundry room, so you’re also laying the groundwork for future success.
Work with a Trusted Distributor
After you’ve received feedback from your tenants, it’s time to contact a commercial laundry equipment distributor, like AAdvantage Laundry Systems. We can provide helpful recommendations regarding the number of washers and dryers you need, the optimal size/capacity for your area, equipment financing, lease and route options, and other important details that will help make your community laundry room more efficient and cost-effective. Please contact us if you live in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, or The Carolinas.
Upgrade your Existing Equipment
The most important component of a building’s laundry room is efficient and dependable laundry machines. If service is being disrupted due to laundry equipment downtime, utility costs are rising, or you are spending an increasing amount of time and money on maintenance, it is time to upgrade equipment. While the expense of new laundry equipment may be intimidating, there are several options for financing new equipment including our “Right Route program and reaping the benefits of improved machines without a large down payment.
Invest in Technology
Washers and dryers have come a long way. Modern technology promotes convenience while saving you and your resident’s money. For example, technology exists that allows your tenants to use their smartphones to make payments, submit requests, and get notifications that reduce wait times and other hassles. Because most people no longer carry cash or coins, KioSoft, Monster Pay, and the other card payment systems we provide are excellent alternatives. They allow residents to pay with a credit/debit card, reducing coin collection for you.
Consider additional laundry room technology that tenants will welcome while you’re updating the area. Security cameras, WiFi in the laundry room and other common areas of the property, and energy-efficient lighting are all excellent options. As long as COVID-19 is an issue, deploy air filters and other cleaning and sanitation technology. Overall, technologies have the potential to increase satisfaction, hence lowering complaints and tenant turnover. Furthermore, it may be a significant selling factor when attempting to market unoccupied apartments and makes cleaning your laundry room even easier.
Make the Laundry Room “Feel like Home”
Keep in mind that the laundry room is an extension of your residents’ homes. Consider adding some “homey” touches to the common laundry room to make it personal and inviting. Consider several low-cost modifications that can help your area stand out and attract both existing and new tenants, such as updated paint colors, natural light, plants, and decor. You’d be amazed how a few design changes can help create an ongoing sense of connectedness while also adding value to your apartment community.
If you’re in the process of upgrading the laundry room at your Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, North, or South Carolina multi-housing facility, we’d love to help.