The Reason to Put the Laundry (Back) in the Basement

I just met a client’s plumber, who quoted the cost to move a basement laundry to the first floor in a “For Sale” home my client is considering.

laundryAccording to the plumber, that’s the direction of the move 90% of the time.

The other 10%?

Homeowners whose laundry is currently in a (main floor) mud room, who want it in the lower level.

“The More Things Change . . .”

The rationale:  the owners don’t like their entry — typically through the garage — to feel like a clothes hamper, competing with boots, jackets, etc., and instead want the laundry out-of-the-way, in the Basement.

Where it likely was originally . . .

P.S.:  for aging Baby Boomers, a first-floor laundry — and stair-free, one-level living generally — is often truly a need, not a want.

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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