Washer and dryer? Yes? No?

August 20, 2008 at 6:33 am (Apartment Living) (, , , , , , , )

When I moved out, I pretty much knew immediately that I wanted the convenience of having a washer and dryer right in my apartment. There probably isn’t anything much more convenient than being able to do an emergency wash on that favorite shirt of yours that you put a stain on. Or when the weather is terrible but you’d like some clean towels.

My sister opted to rent a cheaper apartment sans washer and dryer. It probably saves her money off the rent for not having them, but now she has to pay $1.50 for a wash, and the same for a dry. And guess what. Her clothes aren’t always dry! You’ve gotta love the apartment provided washers and dryers (ie: cheap pieces of crap that can’t hold any laundry or dry it decently). Also, because they are shared by everyone in the complex, someone is ALWAYS using them. It can be very infuriating. They don’t hold very large loads so when she does her and her boyfriends laundry, it ends up totalling about 10 dollars each time. Because she also can’t seem to get into the washers and dryers at her apartment complex, she needs to go to the laundromat. This takes gas (which everyone feels the pinch right now) and annoying time spent somewhere that isn’t your comfy home. If you don’t want your clothes stolen you should probably stay with them, eh? So have fun staying a few hours trying to read that book while the weirdo across from you eyes your ‘delicates’ circling in the transparent laundromat washer over and over.

The flipside of the coin is the money factor. I pay MUCH more than her because I have a washer and dryer in my apartment. It’s a huge benefit that many wish they could have/ afford. You need to decide what is priority for you, because no matter what you’re still going to need to do laundry. If that daring feeling jumps from your chest into your throat and then head, you can go purchase a washer and dryer and have them installed in an apartment that supplies washer and dryer hookups. Again the downside though, you are responsible for the repairs. If the apartment provides them then they have to fix them for you! Snazzy eh?

So when figuring budget, don’t forget laundry!


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