Here at Red Rose Cabinetry, our talented sales and design team members often get questions from homeowners looking to add both better storage efficiency to their spaces and a little bit of resale value. It’s true that the kitchen and bath upgrade projects we specialize in 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?
Today’s title FAQ (frequently asked question) may have a relatively straightforward answer, and that’s “not much”—at least in terms of resale value. However, that doesn’t mean remodeling your laundry room isn’t a fantastic idea that will add value to your everyday experience in your home!
Read on to learn more about the types of laundry room upgrades you can make, which will add efficiency and convenience to your home.
First Things First: You Need a First Floor Laundry Room
While it’s true that remodeling an existing laundry room won’t really 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 actually 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 the main level of their home!
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.
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 really make it functional for your family—or appealing to potential buyers. These are two big must-do items for your remodeling 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, according to research from Consumer Reports? 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 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, and energy efficiency may be best when these machine pairs are working side-by-side (or vertically stacked).
Upgrade Your Laundry Room With Custom Cabinetry
A little while ago, we shared a blog post about transforming a cluttered laundry room with better storage. In that can’t-miss article, we talked about adding shelving, useful pegboards, and so many more organizational features.
However, 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. Better Homes & Gardens, as well as plenty of happy homeowners we’ve worked with here at Red Rose Cabinetry, agree! A well-organized laundry room can be a joy to work in—even if you’re less than a fan of doing “the wash.”
Ready to Remodel Your Laundry Room with Better Storage? We’re Here to Help!
Red Rose Cabinetry is Lancaster County’s favorite custom cabinetry and remodeling resource for all the most important areas of your home. When you’re looking to optimize your laundry, upgrade bathrooms, or totally reimagine your kitchen—we’re here to help you make your dreams come true.
Get in touch with us today and make an appointment to talk through your ideas with one of our friendly design experts.