Home Buying 101: Laundry Facilities

Posted on: December 8, 2012

A washer and dryer somewhere in the home is all you need to entice buyers, right? Actually, that’s not entirely accurate. Depending on where your laundry is, your laundry facilities may be more or less desirable to prospective buyers when the time comes to sell a home. And don’t forget the convenience factor of using the laundry facilities while you live in the home! So in order of least desirable to most desirable, these are the most common laundry facility options:


Basement Laundry Room

The basement laundry is the least desirable – particularly if the basement is unfinished. If you live in a two-story home with a basement laundry, you’re carrying your laundry down two flights of stairs every time you wash – and back up again! And if the basement is unfinished, it can be dreary and unpleasant to go downstairs at laundry time. This type of laundry rarely helps a resale.


Kitchen Laundry

Home buyers typically don’t like giving up kitchen space to a washer and dryer – particularly if it’s loud equipment. If the washer and dryer are behind folding doors, it helps to offset the negative impact of having them in the kitchen – this is a fairly neutral arrangement that doesn’t add to or detract from home value.


Garage Laundry

Alternately, homes without dedicated laundry facilities may find themselves with laundry in the garage. Garage laundry isn’t so bad if you don’t have to give up space for the cars. It’s out of the way, and may be more desirable than laundry in the kitchen – depending entirely on how things are set up. But it’s comparable to kitchen laundry in terms of resale potential and home value impact.


First Floor Laundry Room

The first floor laundry room has traditionally been the most requested laundry facility. A separate utility or laundry room, particularly if it also has room for an iron, can make a positive impact on your home’s value and resale potential.


Second Floor Laundry

More and more new floor plans are actually putting laundry on the second floor. This is great from a work perspective, as most of the laundry is generated on the floors with the bedrooms, so it saves the work of carrying laundry up and down stairs. However, second floor laundry can be a liability if it leaks. Many homeowners prefer this new arrangement, though, or rate it as equal to a separate first floor laundry room – and it can add value and make it easier to sell your home.


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