Ask people to list the chores they dislike most, and doing laundry consistently ranks among the top ten. The need and appreciation for clean clothes gets overshadowed by the inconvenience of constantly having to wash and dry them.
So, when it comes to laundry, “people want flexibility,” says John Sellier, the regional director of sales for Mac-Gray Laundry Services in Waltham, Massachusetts. “They want the convenience of being able to do their laundry when they want, how they want.”
A Necessary Amenity
That is why, according to Andrew Raynor, owner and president of Shawmut Property Management in Haverhill, Massachusetts, “It’s a foregone conclusion that new condominiums will have washers and dryers in each unit.”
Jim Toscano, president of Property Management of Andover in Andover, Massachusetts, agrees. “Property builders know that in-unit washers and dryers are a better-selling item because they’re more convenient for people to use.”
As a result, there has been a decrease over the past ten years in the number of new condominiums being built with community laundry facilities. While it is true that new construction touts space for individual laundry amenities, community laundry facilities still continue to be utilized in older condominium complexes and newer condominiums which have been converted from apartment buildings, where the plumbing will not allow for in-unit machines.