Do we even have to explain the benefits of having a washer and dryer in your Gainesville apartment? Say goodbye to lugging laundry and rolls of quarters around. Ditch the quarters and forget about waiting around at the laundr-o-mat. Check out these apartments that include a washer and dryer in the unit.
4 Benefits of Apartments that Include a Washer and Dryer
- Easy move-in. Packing everything you own and moving into a new apartment is enough work without hauling around appliances. Gainesville apartments that include a washer and dryer will have the appliances hooked up and ready to go for you on move-in day. The average washing machine weighs from 155 to 230 lbs, good thing you won't have to worry about hauling one up the stairs!
- Convenience is one of the biggest reasons to look for an apartment with a washer and dryer. When it is laundry week, you won't have to worry about packing up all your dirty clothes to head to the community laundromat. Instead, you'll be able to wash your laundry in the comfort of your new apartment. This means you can wash clothes on your schedule, at whichever time is most convenient for you. If you need to let that load of towels sit in the dryer for a few days while you get up the motivation to fluff and fold them, go right ahead!
- Private washer and dryers are more sanitary. Upon move-in, we suggest running your washing machine with hot water and bleach with no clothes inside to sanitize the machine and get it ready for your first load of clothes. Many apartments in Gainesville are pet friendly, and it is likely that your next-door neighbor may have a dog, and consequently some laundry that has pet hair and residue. With a personal washer and dryer in your apartment, you won't have to worry about who washed what in the load before your clothes. This can be great news if you suffer from allergies, specifically pet allergies. In a shared laundromat, you can never be too sure what someone washed before you, imagine if the previous user washed their dog's bed and then the next load was your bed linens – yuck!
- Washer and dryer repairs are covered by the apartment community. Over time, a washer and dryer will depreciate in value and eventually need to be repaired. When you have an apartment that includes a washer and dryer, the maintenance team is responsible for any and all repairs. This can save you hundreds on having a repairperson come out to do maintenance on the machine. Additionally, if the washer and dryer need to be replaced while you're living in the apartment, the apartment community should make the replacement at no expense to you as long as you did not directly cause the malfunction.
Additional Apartment Features to Look For
Having a washer and dryer in your apartment is the ultimate convenience, and some apartment floor plans include additional features that sweeten the deal. Here are a few of our favorites to look for:
- Separate laundry rooms store the washer and dryer out of sight, behind a door, typically with extra space for you to flip and fold your laundry. Separate laundry rooms are great because they give you space to hide your dirty clothes and give you the ability to do laundry without having a mess in your main living area.
- Extra storage can be found in many apartments that include a washer and dryer. Look for added bonuses like storage shelves in laundry rooms that include space to hang clean clothes. Additionally, you may want to consider ordering a shelving unit to help organize the space if your apartment does not include shelving so that you can keep your detergent, softener, and folded clothes organized.
- Energy efficient washers and dryers will undoubtedly save you money every month on your electricity and water bill. Many new washer and dryer models are energy efficient, so be sure to ask about the age and quality of the washer and dryer that will be included with your new apartment.
Tips for Sharing a Washer and Dryer in Student Housing
If you're living in a one bedroom Gainesville apartment, go ahead and skip this section, because you won't have to worry about sharing with roommates! Many of the all-inclusive student apartments in Gainesville include a washer and dryer, but it can sometimes be difficult to share an appliance like this with your roommates. Here are our top 3 tips for sharing a washer and dryer with your new roomies:
- Communication is key. In all things roommate-related, communication is very important. Especially with shared appliances! If you put in a load right before class, let a roommate know that they're free to flip the load to the dryer if they need to use the washing machine. If you have laundry day scheduled for Saturday, let your roommates know ahead of time that you're going to be using the machine all day so that they can plan ahead and wash their favorite outfit before you get started.
- Combine laundry loads. Communicate with your roommates and let them know if you're washing a load of towels and you have extra space. This can conserve water and power, and put you on the "best roommate ever" list when you drop your roomie's clean and folded towels off at their door. Doing laundry together can help you and your roommates bond, and save you all some time, too!
- Do not leave clothes in the laundry room. When you're living in a private house, it is not a big deal if you leave folded clothes sit in the laundry room or take extra time to fold a load of towels. In a shared apartment, it is important to respect your roommates by removing any clothes from the laundry room promptly. This will ensure that the next person who uses the washer and dryer has room to spread out and fold their clothes.