Boston condo buyers are often moving up from a rental apartment, where having access to a washer/dryer may or may not be included. But when you’re renting, it’s almost a rite of passage to haul your dirty clothes to the closest laundromat. You’ll rent an apartment without laundry, knowing where you rent is typically not going to be a permanent home.

But it’s not something you dream about doing after you’ve invested a substantial amount of money on a new condo. Having in-unit laundry, or at least shared machines in the garage, for example, are must-haves—particularly at higher price points.

If you own a condo that doesn’t have any laundry on site, be prepared for a majority of the buyer pool to bypass your listing in favor of a unit that has a washer/dryer. But because I like to focus on solutions vs pointing out shortcomings, I’m offering some ways to get around this issue.

Here are two ways you can address the lack of laundry, short of buying and installing a washer/dryer yourself:

Get an estimate for a washer/dryer install

There may be a closet near the kitchen or bathroom that you could convert into a laundry area (see photo, left). A plumber would be able to give you an idea as to how easy it would be to connect to the water line, and provide an estimate. You could then include that estimate in the disclosure package for prospective buyers.

Credit the buyer for the cost of a laundry service.

There are many options for pickup/drop-off laundry services. Some will come to your house, but if you’re near a laundromat, that could be a good route, too. Determine what it would cost to do, say two loads of laundry weekly with a particular store or service, and credit the buyer for that amount for up to, say, six months. This is the equivalent of kicking in a few months’ worth of leased parking when you don’t have a garage at your property.


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John Ford
John Ford

Over the course of 20 years in the Boston downtown real estate market, John represented and sold numerous, condominiums, investment and development properties in Greater Boston and in the surrounding suburbs

In addition to representing Boston condo buyers and sellers, John is currently one of the most recognized Boston condo blog writers regarding Boston condominiums and residential real estate markets. John's insights and observations about the Boston condo market have been seen in a wide variety of the most established local & national media outlets including; Banker and Tradesman, Boston Magazine The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and NewsWeek and Fortune magazine, among others.


For over 24 years, John Ford, of Ford Realty Inc., has been actively involved in the real estate industry. He started his career in commercial real estate with a national firm Spaulding & Slye and quickly realized that he had a passion for residential properties. In 1999, John entered the residential real estate market, and in 2000 John Started his own firm Ford Realty Inc. As a broker, his clients have come to love his fun, vivacious, and friendly attitude. He prides himself on bringing honesty and integrity to the entire home buying and selling process. In addition to helping buyers and sellers, he also works with rental clients. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new Boston condo or rent an apartment, you’ll quickly learn why John has a 97% closing rate.


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