Determining what the average cost to install washer/dryer hookups in apartment units really comes down to two things… location and capacity. While there are many other variables that can add to your costs, the desired placement of the washer/dryer within the unit and capacity of your existing utility lines will play a big role in determining a final figure. For example, if you’re looking to have your washer/dryer completely detached from an existing “wet wall” then you can expect your costs to increase significantly. Similarly, if the existing utility lines cannot support the use of a washer/dry then again expect your costs to reflect some additional expenses. With that being said here are two scenarios to help you better understand what a washer/dryer installation might cost you.
Please note* The figures used below are all estimates based off of our own previous washer/dryer hookup installations. Every apartment unit is different and must be approached on a per unit basis.
The ideal scenario for washer/dryer hookups in apartment units
The ideal location to install washer/dryer hookups should be near or behind a “wet wall”. In other words, it should be in a place close enough to existing utility lines like plumbing, electrical, vents, drains, and any gas lines if you want a gas dryer. We’ve outlined a list of ideal requirements as a reference:
- Access to hot/cold plumbing lines
- Access to drain lines or laundry sink
- Access to electrical lines (120V for washing machines and 240V for most electric dryers)
- Access to vents leading outside
- Existing storage, closet, or space within unit to place washer/dryer
All of the requirements listed above can have an impact on your overall cost. The further away the washer/dryer hookups are, the more you can expect your costs to increase. Additionally, if the existing utility lines cannot support the added use of a washer/dryer. A retrofit or improvement of these utility lines will need to be done, meaning added expenses to your bottom line.
Lastly, permitting costs can add to your timeline and final costs as they vary by jurisdiction. Understanding what those are and how they may affect your overall number is important to do. Be sure to check with your local building or planning department for further details.
All in all, you can expect an average cost of about $2K – $4K per unit (permitting costs included) considering you have an ideal scenario that meets all of the requirements listed above.
The unideal scenario for washer/dryer hookups in apartment units
The unideal location to install washer/dryer hookups is anywhere with limited to no access to the “wet wall” mentioned earlier. If you’re in a situation where an unideal location is a must-have, then you should expect costs to increase due to the following accommodations needed for washer/dryer hookups:
- Building of closet or storage space
- Rerouting/retrofitting existing plumbing and drain lines
- Rerouting/retrofitting existing electrical lines
- Rerouting/retrofitting existing vents
- Restoration of rerouted areas
As mentioned in the first scenario, the further away washer/dryer hookups are from a “wet wall”, the more work is needed and the greater the cost. Remember to factor in any permits required for the installation as these can affect what you’re able to do within your units.
For an unideal scenario like the one mentioned above, you can expect an average of about $6k – $8k per unit (permitting costs included).