Choosing the right location is crucial to the success of a vended laundromat. With years of experience Laundry Systems can guide you through the process of selecting the perfect location.
An average size laundromat is between 2000 to 3000 sq. ft. with larger stores as big as 6000 sq. ft. How do you know what size laundry an area can support? By utilizing the following tools Laundry Systems can give you the answers you need.
When researching store locations for your laundry or reviewing existing operations, you need a demographic report. Demographic data on potential laundry customers can be extremely beneficial to growth, allowing you to remain customer-oriented in your approach. Income, age, gender, ethnicity, occupation, education, etc., are important considerations when introducing new products, choosing your location, and creating marketing programs that will appeal to your customer base.
This report can help you understand:
- The area’s income
- Household size
- Percentage of population that rents vs. owns
- The area’s population growth rate
- Population by race, age, gender
- Employment rate
Another important aspect of researching a possible location is determining if the area can support another laundry. Looking at competing stores can give you important information that will help when deciding on a location.
Key factors to look at:
- Age and condition of equipment
- Current vend prices
- Cleanliness of the store
- Climate controlled (AC and heating)
- Store hours and policies
When adding a new store to an area you need to consider the fact that all of the laundry customers are currently doing their laundry at competing stores. In order for those customers to start using your store you need to provide them with a better laundry experience such as:
- A more convenient location
- Cleaner store conditions
- Safer Environment
- Climate controlled (AC and heating)
- Superior equipment
- A good mix of washers and dryers
- Additional services (wi-fi, TV’s, Vending machines etc.)
Do you have a general idea of what you would like your laundry facility to look like? Laundry Systems is available to help you get all of your ideas down on paper and fill in the details. Together, we’ll go over room dimensions, window and door locations, accessory options, incoming utility line locations, and equipment mix. The quick sketch and rough notes produced during this initial meeting can be turned into a professional and polished Preliminary Drawing that allows you to envision the final outcome.
Once a design layout is agreed upon Laundry Systems can give you a sales proposal based on the drawing that will include all washers and dryers along with any ancillary items that you will need.
Backed by the global leader in commercial laundry, Alliance Laundry Systems, Huebsch® has the experience, knowledge and resources to offer unmatched finance solutions designed specifically for the laundry industry. Whether you’re a seasoned investor or new store owner, purchasing new equipment or refinancing, Huebsch Financial understands your business and cares about your goals. Our team of laundry experts can develop a comprehensive plan tailored to your specific needs, with services including:
- – Finance programs tailored to your needs
- – Fast decisions
- – Low, competitive rates
- – No hidden costs or prepayment penalties
- – End-to-end account management
- – Personalized service
- – Complete security and confidentiality
New Commercial Laundry Equipment
Whether you’re upgrading your current equipment or just getting in the coin laundry industry, we have a financial program designed to bring you the unmatched innovation of new Huebsch equipment at a rate you can afford.
Pre-Approval Replacement Equipment
- – One-Page Credit Application
Pre-Approval for New Store Transactions
- – Credit Application
- – Personal Financial Statement
- – Three Months Bank / Investment Statements
Once you are pre-approved, you and Laundry Systems of the Carolina’s will put together an equipment mix that fits your product needs and your financing budget.
Financing for Laundromat Acquisitions
If you’re interested in purchasing an existing Laundromat, Huebsch Financial is your one-stop resource. We offer financing for up to 65% of the value of your target purchase. Plus, we can finance the purchase of an existing location with the purchase of new Huebsch equipment. Whatever financial advice or assistance you need for your acquisitions, Huebsch can help. It’s part of our dedication to building long-term, trusted relationships with our customers.
Discuss your financial needs with your Huebsch Financial Manager.
For more information on Huebsch Financial services click here to apply today.
All of our washer bases, washer and dryer utility bulkheads and stainless steel drain troughs are custom made for each installation in our fabrication shop to ensure proper fit no matter what obstacles may present itself. Most equipment distributors purchase these items from a 3rd party company. Manufacturing these items ourselves allows us to sell to our customers at the same price other distributors buy them, saving our customers thousands of dollars.
Washer Bases: All of our washer bases are constructed of heavy duty I-beam steel, channel, flat steel and angle iron resulting in some of the heaviest bases in the industry. We pride ourselves that in over 30 years of manufacturing our steel bases we’ve never had a single issue in fact, it’s not uncommon to see our bases outlast the machines installed on them!
Washer Bulkheads: When designing our washer bulkheads longevity is our main objective. We build our frames using a heavy gauge angle iron and 100% of all seams are welded. For our hot and cold water lines we use 1 1/2″ to 2″ copper exclusively, no plastic that may crack and leak over time. Fast flow quarter-turn 3/4″ ball valves for each hot and cold water connection are ideal for a laundromat, these valves contain no internal rubber parts that will wear out and leak over time like regular gate valves. Every fitting is soldered to give you decades of trouble free service, we never use pressure fittings that will eventually leak resulting in costly repairs and down time. Each washer has a dedicated breaker and electrical connection and all wiring is housed in electrical conduit that runs the length of the bulkhead. Tops, end panels and side skirts are manufactured using Wilson laminate that gives you a very durable yet aesthetically pleasing finish.
Drain Troughs: We manufacture our drain troughs out of 304 stainless steel, every seam is welded and tested under extreme conditions to give you a strong, reliable trough that will never rust or leak. Also see the installation section on why drain troughs are the perfect solution for laundromats.
Once you decide to build a new laundromat or replace existing equipment, choosing the right brand and mix of equipment is very important. One common mistake made is assuming all commercial laundry equipment are about the same, nothing could be further from the truth in fact, there can be some very big differences in structural components such as the frame and bearings that could directly affect the longevity or life of the machine.
Even more important is the distributor you decide to work with. A good laundry distributor will be there to give you advice and guide you through the entire process making sure you avoid any common mistakes, take advantage of their experience and consultation. Be weary of any distributor that doesn’t install the equipment they sell, farming out installation to different contractors that are not familiar with proper installation could result in big problems down the road and could void any manufacturer warranty.
The most important day for a commercial washer is the day it’s installed. Proper installation for a commercial washer could make the difference between it lasting 5 years or 20 years. The most underestimated and misunderstood step in installing a commercial washer is how it is drained. The two most common drain methods are PVC (closed drain system) and drain troughs (open drain system).
A closed drain system typically uses 6″ PVC pipe, when multiple machines drain at once it’s not uncommon for drain water and soap suds to back up into washers not being used. This causes several problems, the most obvious is the appearance of the washers, if a customer opens the door to load their clothes and see dirty water and soap suds where the drain has backed up into the machine it may appear there is something wrong with the washer and they may not want to use it, it also looks very unsanitary. There’s also a bigger problem that’s not as obvious, drain water backing up into washers also flushes the bearing seals causing premature bearing failure. Laundromats with PVC drains tend to have more washer bearing issues than stores with drain troughs.
Proper dryer installation such as sizing of exhaust and make-up air vents not only plays a crucial role in performance and efficiency but also avoids any possibility of a fire hazard.