If you're shopping for a new home, apartment, townhouse
But often times it's not just the type of appliances that are important. It's how they are used, particularly when it comes to your washing machine and dryer. Failure to perform routine maintenance on your washer and dryer unit can give you less than optimal performance and can actually cost you more money.
This can also be the case for people who already own homes. Perhaps you're unhappy with the performance if your washer and dryer or are up in arms over your electric bill. That is why it's so important to check and make sure your washer and dryer unit is functioning properly.
The first thing you want to do with your dryer is check and make sure there are no vent restrictions. Vent restrictions can be dangerous and will compromise your dryer's ability to dry wet clothes, towels, bedding, and other fabrics.
Now let's assume all working parts are in order, and that the wattage of your dryer is between 3000 to 5000 watts. If the average cost per kilowatt hour of electricity is 10 cents, a typical load of laundry will cost you approximately 40 cents. Gas dryers will be less expensive per load, but the cost of the gas dryer will be more money.
Now say you decide to go with an apartment or townhome that doesn't have a washer or dryer and you have to go to a coin laundry to get one. You need to factor in the cost of gas to get to and from the coin laundry facility, or if you're lucky, maybe it's just downstairs or down the hall at your apartment complex.
Then once you get there, you have to pay for your load. Some places charge about $1.75 to $2.00 for a regular load to wash, then 50 cents for 15 minutes of drying time. If you have fewer garmets to wash, they typically won't go down on the price for washing or drying. It's all the same. If the drying doesn't work, or you have more than one load, the cost will increase. You also have to factor in the wait time and the cost of convenience. Are you going once a week? Twice a week?
When you think about it from that perspective, a washer or dryer from a reliable brand that lasts you a long time may be a reasonable investment. You can find some dryer units from top brands for an average price of $550, including Whirpool and GE (General Electric).
Plus with routine maintenance and proper use, you should be able to recoup that value over time, versus taking it to a coin laundry. The biggest part depends on how much you value convenience and time.