Laundry Room Basics It All Comes Out in the Wash

 Most co-op and condo buildings in the city have a laundry room for residents to  use that is more than just an amenity; it’s practically a necessity. Nearly all of these co-op/condo laundry rooms are  maintained by laundry contractors who service the machines and collect money  from them. And when outside vendors are involved in providing a service for a  building, it behooves all residents to understand just what type of service is  being provided and the agreement under which that work is being done.  

 Understanding how contracts with laundry vendors are structured, what to expect  under such contracts and available options that could be worked into the  agreement, will guide board members and other residents in finding the right  laundry contractor for their community.  

 Changing Technologies

 Co-op/condo laundry rooms and laundry technology have advanced markedly in the  past couple of decades. One of the most significant innovations has been the  development of coinless washing machines and dryers, which now are the rule  rather than the exception in New York City. Residents use such machines with  credit or debit cards, or via smart phone apps that are loaded online through a  secure virtual account the customer sets up.  

 “The business has changed tremendously because historically it was a coin-based  operation. The methods of communication have also improved,” says Andrew Fisher, owner of Middle Village-based Hi-Rise Laundry Equipment  Corp. “The latest is an app on your phone that allows the machine to deduct from a  virtual account.”  

 Such technology is here to stay, it seems.


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  • This was extremely enlightening and helpful as I am currently trying to find a solution for my buildings laundry room. I will look into the companies mentioned above and see if there is someway to submit this idea to my Building Management company. Thank you!