The kitchen and bath upgrade projects indeed are some of the most valuable renovations you can do. But what about other hardworking spaces in your home—like your home office or your laundry room? The laundry room is often overlooked when it’s time to sell a home. Proper staging can turn an often dull and scary area into an asset. Everyone must do laundry, and having a bright, clean, pleasant space is just another reason for someone to buy your home. Planning your next laundry renovations? Hitch Property Constructions has you covered!
The question “does a laundry room add value to a house?” may have a relatively straightforward answer, and that’s “not much”—at least in terms of resale value. However, that doesn’t mean remodelling your laundry room isn’t a fantastic idea that will add value to your everyday experience in your home!
The laundry often isn’t somewhere we spend much time on when it comes to renovations or updates, but it is a room where many of us spend a lot of time each day. The laundry’s importance in daily living means it could be a deal-maker for potential buyers, so consider these tips to help you clean up’ at sale time.
How To Add Value To Your Laundry
Bench is best
If you have space in your laundry, adding some clear bench space for folding, sorting or just piling washing is a winning move—the bigger the bench, the better, especially in a busy family home.
No one likes being crammed into a small, tight space while trying to tousle with bed sheets, so if you can’t increase the actual size of your laundry, think about space-saving ideas. Mounting a washing machine or dryer on the wall quickly clears the floor room, and you can also add some sturdy hooks on the wall to hang washing baskets.
Storage solutions rule
Storage is usually desperately needed in the laundry for detergents, scrubbers, irons, and household cleaning products. If you can add cabinets and cupboards that fit snugly around appliances and the tub to accommodate these items, it will add considerable value to this room – the more, the better!
Hide and seek
Big, bulky household staples such as dirty laundry baskets and ironing boards can create a lot of clutter, so think about adding innovative hideaway storage for these. A sizeable pull-out draw in a cabinet for dirty washing will keep smelly socks hidden away, and wall-mounted ironing boards or drying racks are relatively simple ideas that will keep things looking tidy.
Light it up
Often a small space tucked away at the back or in a corner; laundry rooms are notoriously dark, which doesn’t make the task of sorting and folding washing any more appealing. Add extra lighting where possible, so the area is bright, looks cleaner and feels more spacious.
Tidy up wear and tear
As a functional, everyday workspace, laundries are sometimes neglected when it comes to regular maintenance. Before you list your home, take the time to give the laundry a thorough clean, touch up paintwork or repaint the walls if needed, and replace broken fixtures such as dripping taps, so it doesn’t detract from the rest of your home.
What Are The Other Laundry Room Remodeling Must-dos?
If you already have your laundry room on the first floor of your home, it may just need a little love to make it functional for your family—or appealing to potential buyers. These are two oversized must-do items for your remodelling list.
Make Sure Your Laundry Appliances Are Up-to-date
Did you know that the average washing machine and dryer will last about a decade? Some laundry appliances will last much longer, but it’s often a bit of good luck if they do.
Especially if you’re preparing to sell your home, it may be worth it to donate or sell older, still-working machines and upgrade to the newest models with features that help make doing laundry a breeze.
While a matching set of machines isn’t necessary, it will offer the best aesthetics in your renovated laundry room, and they will be optimized to work together, too. Washer and dryer sets are often designed to be purchased together, so they have complementary feature sets. Energy efficiency may be best when these machine pairs are working side-by-side (or vertically stacked).
Upgrade Your Laundry Room With Custom Cabinetry
Did you know that upgrading your laundry room can increase your enjoyment of doing laundry? When you have ample counter space for folding or install custom cabinetry to keep necessities like detergent—or even an ironing board—stowed away, laundry feels less like a chore. Plenty of happy homeowners agree that a well-organized laundry room can be a joy to work in—even if you’re less than a fan of doing “the wash.” Check out a wide range of laundry renovations Melbourne services at Hitch Property Constructions.
What Home Buyers Want in a Laundry Room
Whether you’re looking at a starter single-family home or high-rise co-op, you’ll see that an available laundry room is prominently mentioned for most home and condo sales. Why? Buyers want a laundry room.
Since buying a home is a significant investment, buyers want to do that laundry in their home. Today’s buyers are looking for a specific room dedicated to laundry chores. And they want it to be functional and attractive.
In a survey of 3,682 home buyers, “What Home Buyers Want”, conducted by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), 93% state that they want a laundry room.
Of those who wanted a laundry room, 57% considered it essential and would not buy a home that didn’t have one. Chalk up the need for a convenient laundry room to our busy lives and the need to multitask. Finding time to head to a laundromat or community laundry room is difficult.
Energy efficiency in home appliances is the most listed request—with Energy Star-rated appliances ranked number one along with high-efficiency windows and insulation. As a significant energy consumption area—water and electricity or gas—laundry appliances are essential.
Responses varied between first-time home buyers and veteran homeowners, which offers some interesting insights into what young, novice homebuyers value compared to presumably older buyers. This is not the first real estate rodeo.
For example, only 61 per cent of first-time buyers consider a laundry room essential—the same number who demand a living room. It makes sense that second-time homebuyers are keener on a dedicated laundry area; a lot of renters are just forced to put up with it, but once you own your own house—especially if you’ve got kids, who are clothes-soiling machines—you get pretty tired of hauling baskets to the basement or down the street to a laundromat.
But the fact that so many buyers place a laundry room on par with or even ahead of a living room is pretty astonishing to me. Many people assume a living room is present in any given house, or maybe they don’t care. (Would they go so far as to convert their living room to a laundry room?) Or, perhaps what they want is a “great room”—considered an essential feature among 43 per cent of first-timers and 40 per cent of second-time buyers.
Another difference between the two groups is that existing homeowners can afford to be pickier, considering more items to be “essential”—even finishes, like granite countertops (40 per cent) and hardwood floors (41 per cent).
Some features that first-time buyers consider essential don’t even register for more seasoned homebuyers, and vice versa. While 44 per cent of first-time buyers said they must have a front porch, it didn’t crack the top 14 for veteran buyers. They’d instead sip lemonade on a patio (44 per cent), which wasn’t a top concern among first-timers.
Laundry isn’t the only feature that seems to get essential the second or third time around. While 43 per cent of first-timers listed a two-car garage as a must-have feature, that number climbed to 54 per cent among second-time homebuyers. Similarly, 45 per cent of first-time homebuyers consider a walk-in closet in the master bedroom essential, compared to 56 per cent of existing homeowners.
Meanwhile, veteran homebuyers were less inclined to care whether their next house has a formal dining room (45 per cent vs. 52 per cent of first-timers) and instead require an eat-in kitchen (43 per cent).
Now, it’s no secret that many Americans struggle to separate “wants” from “needs” to the detriment of our finances. (And maybe that’s why so many of us seem to need a walk-in closet.) But some of these “essentials” really surprised me — especially among first-time homebuyers, who probably need to brace themselves for some compromises in this competitive market.
Close to half of home buyers surveyed, both new (45 per cent) and existing (41 per cent), consider it essential to have a shower stall and a tub in the master bathroom. That does sound awesome; don’t get me wrong. But it also seems like a luxury to me, not a non-negotiable must-have. We would do flips to have any master bath!
Location, Location, Location
Having a laundry room is a top priority when buying or building a home. Now, where do you want that laundry room?
The key is a workable, separate laundry space in nearly every location preference so that noise from the washer and dryer are limited and dirty clothes are concealed. And a room with plenty of storage and a spot to organize daily household chores.
Homebuyers are requesting a space that not only houses the washer and dryer but has a deep laundry sink that can be used for soaking clothes, washing the dog, and cleaning up after hobbies such as gardening and painting. They also want a multitasking room, a part mudroom, coat closet, craft centre, and locker room.
If the laundry area is large enough to house other activities, it is most often located adjacent to the garage. Most homeowners enter and exit through the garage, and having the expanded laundry room there helps to streamline clean-up and organization. Allowing kids and adults to drop off dirty clothes before they get scattered around the home makes laundry chores more manageable.
While it’s true that remodelling an existing laundry room won’t do much for your home’s financial value if you do not have a first-floor laundry room today, you may be disappointing potential buyers and detracting from your home’s value. (And creating lots of extra work for yourself at laundry time, too!)
Some newer homes have laundry facilities tucked away in a closet on an upper level, such as in a bedroom hallway. And while this may seem like a convenient location for a washer and dryer—since bedrooms generate a lot of linens laundry and we tend to store our clothing there, as well—laundry can be a dirty proposition that you may not appreciate right next to where you sleep. Running the washer and dryer also produces noise and heat that can be detrimental to good sleep hygiene.
So, where is the ideal spot for your laundry room—that many homebuyers expect to see these days?
The first floor—often near a secondary entry to the house, such as off an attached garage. Not sure this makes sense? A National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) survey from 2018 revealed that nearly 70% of home buyers prefer to have laundry on their home’s main level!
If your laundry room is currently down in the basement or even upstairs, it may be time to think about a move—even if that’s to a dedicated corner of your attached garage or a main-level closet. Though, getting your best bang for your laundry room buck will mean creating a separate room on the first floor of your home.
Need Ideas for Staging Your Laundry Room?
With just seven steps, you can stage your laundry area so that a buyer will be ready to make an offer. We have a wide range of Melbourne laundry renovations services at Hitch Property Constructions.
If your laundry area is part of a finished or unfinished basement or garage, make sure a specific area is for laundry only. Even if space is used for storage or another use, the laundry area should sparkle as much as your clean clothes. Discard or store off-site anything that does not have a specific service in the laundry area.
Every real estate agent will tell you that your home must be clean for potential buyers, and that includes the laundry room.
Take time to wipe down your washer and dryer to make them look shiny and well cared for. You might even want to give them a new coat of paint. If your washer has an unpleasant odour, clean the machine so that buyers won’t be concerned that the smell is permanent in the home. Vacuum up any lint around the dryer and clean any travelling dust bunnies. Wipe up detergent spills.
If you are still doing laundry while showing your home, don’t leave piles of dirty or clean laundry in the space. No one wants to see that.
Brighten and Lighten
A coat of fresh paint and a new light fixture with plenty of wattages will easily brighten up the laundry area. Consider painting a room of the concrete floor in an unfinished basement to designate the laundry space.
Store It Correctly
You can probably find some laundry product bottles in your space that are outdated or empty. Throw them away. Put detergent and other laundering supplies in storage cabinets. If you don’t have cupboards, inexpensive shelving can look great with attractive canisters or baskets.
Add Some Flair
If there’s a window with a drab view, hide it with a curtain or a lovely blind that is light enough to allow some light to pass through it. Add a framed picture, accessories or a plant to make the area more attractive.
Tend to Outdoor Areas
Take a moment to clean the outside vent from your dryer. Loads of lint hanging from the duct does not speak to a well cared for home. If you have an outdoor clothesline, be sure it looks neat and usable—no rust or sagging.