If you own or manage an apartment building, hotel, or hospital, you know that a commercial laundry area is critical to keeping business running. Maybe you are just getting your facility going, or maybe you’ve decided to remodel an existing area. Either way, adding a commercial laundry is a great idea. If you are looking to install laundry machines for business use and are unsure of where to start, here’s what you need to know.
Design and layout
When you’re working with a commercial laundry contractor, one of the first things they will do is evaluate your site, and survey to make sure they can install the laundry machines successfully. This will include drawing up plans and coordinating the construction.
Laundry machines for business can be expensive. Luckily most companies will provide financing options or lease equipment. With financing options, it is important to obtain a service contract or warranty. Typically, in leasing situations, service and repair are included for the life of the lease.
Installation, repair, and service
When the commercial laundry company is ready to install, be sure that they are properly bonded and insured to work under local government standards. Make sure you have a clear understanding of how long the process will take, and how much of the site needs to be closed off during installation. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about equipment, particularly if you’re concerned about the environmental impact that using a piece of equipment might have on the inside of your business.
Laundry machines have a lot of moving parts and they endure a great deal of wear and tear. Make sure you understand what is and is not covered under warranty or service plans, and what reasonable expectations for repair times will be. If leasing, clarify what happens at the end of the lease, and if you will own and be responsible for the equipment outright after the leasing period ends.