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Old 04-26-2015, 07:45 AM
 
Location: Cochise County, AZ
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I've noticed in my searches for Arizona rentals that many places do not have washer/dryers in the units or even washer/dryer connections. The rentals I've found with those are in "luxury" rentals. I'm not looking at independent living or senior care facilities. I will admit that I'm on a shoestring budget.

When I was young, I didn't mind hauling laundry to a facility but was annoyed by the "in-use" machines. I'm sure I could use a luggage carrier to help me haul laundry but that doesn't fit my picture of "retired life".

I think the RE developers are missing a target audience of retirees looking for affordable rentals. Not all retirees want to own or care for property. I would think with our tech age that having a washer and dryer would not be a luxury!

So I'm wondering, am I alone in my thinking?

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Old 04-26-2015, 08:04 AM
 
Location: Central IL
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I agree - hookups with at least enough space for stackable units seem like a no-brainer considering the cost and small space needed. On-site facilities are typically dingy and not well-maintained in addition to being very inconvenient and way too college-y in feel to be considered "luxury".
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Old 04-26-2015, 08:17 AM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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I agree - hookups with at least enough space for stackable units seem like a no-brainer considering the cost and small space needed. On-site facilities are typically dingy and not well-maintained in addition to being very inconvenient and way too college-y in feel to be considered "luxury".
I agree.
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Old 04-26-2015, 08:19 AM
 
Location: Jamestown, NY
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I've noticed in my searches for Arizona rentals that many places do not have washer/dryers in the units or even washer/dryer connections. The rentals I've found with those are in "luxury" rentals. I'm not looking at independent living or senior care facilities. I will admit that I'm on a shoestring budget.

When I was young, I didn't mind hauling laundry to a facility but was annoyed by the "in-use" machines. I'm sure I could use a luggage carrier to help me haul laundry but that doesn't fit my picture of "retired life".

I think the RE developers are missing a target audience of retirees looking for affordable rentals. Not all retirees want to own or care for property. I would think with our tech age that having a washer and dryer would not be a luxury!

So I'm wondering, am I alone in my thinking?
Nope. Frankly, I don't think I would rent an apartment without in-unit laundry. I did that when I rented apartments before, and I hated it. In fact, I created a laundry room on my first floor to avoid having to use the ones in my basement.
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Old 04-26-2015, 08:56 AM
 
Location: NC
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I have an acquaintance who has put a washer and dryer in her motorhome RV. My guess is that for any long time stay of a week or more it is a necessity!
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Old 04-26-2015, 09:33 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Nope. Frankly, I don't think I would rent an apartment without in-unit laundry. I did that when I rented apartments before, and I hated it. In fact, I created a laundry room on my first floor to avoid having to use the ones in my basement.
What did you hate about it?
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Old 04-26-2015, 09:55 AM
 
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I would not like to take my laundry to the laundromat, or even to the shared laundry facility in the apartment building. Have heard horror stories about some residents actually getting possessive about 'their washer and dryer', or residents leaving their clothes in the washer or the dryer and expecting others to take the items out.

W/D hook-ups are great, except that "if" your washer leaks, you are responsible to pay for the clean up/repairs to the unit. Renter's insurance could help with repairs to the appliance, but not the structure itself.

My option would be to have the w/d already in the unit, provided by the owners. That way, they pay for any repairs.
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Old 04-26-2015, 01:08 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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Get a compact portable washer (an "apartment" washer) that hooks up to the kitchen sink, and a compact dryer. The higher end ones are nice.
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Old 04-26-2015, 01:57 PM
 
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I would imagine a tenant would need to contact the apartment manager to see if a portable unit is allowed. I found this posting written by ShaneSA a few years back:

ShaneSA
As a LL let me tell you about a tenant who put in a portable washer that hooked up to the sink. The hook up snapped onto the kitchen faucet. Unfortunatly, the hose split one day and the water damage was severe and extensive. The tenant went out while the washer was running. The tenant called me to fix the damage, as well as the downstairs. Needless to say, I refused to pay for damage caused by the tenant's negligance. I did repair and redo the downstairs and presented the bill to the tenant with the portale washer. She paid for the damage and remains a tenant today.
Just be aware of the potential of problems with less than ideal connections. Make sure the LL knows the washer is there and allows it. ( I did not know and would have refused had I been asked).

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Not saying that this particular problem may arise, but it would be best to get permission first.
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Old 04-26-2015, 04:29 PM
 
Location: Jamestown, NY
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What did you hate about it?
The crappy washing machine and even crappier drier cost an arm and a leg. My apartment was on the second floor and the laundry was in the basement. It would take almost an entire day to do three loads of laundry because the drier didn't dry the clothes. I finally gave up and started using a laundromat that I discovered that was quite nice. Unfortunately, commercial driers can really do a number on clothes.
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