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How To Know When It Is Time To Upgrade Your Laundromat

Have you noticed your laundromat is not as vibrant and full of life? The laundry machines are outdated, laundry equipment repairs keep coming up with new issues that need fixing. You begin thinking about how to recoup some lost business – but what if we told you there was a way for all this excitement again? All it takes are fresh new laundromat equipment upgrades in order to make sure customers stay excited enough to stay at your laundromat. Are you ready to start the conversation about modernizing your laundromat?

Modernizing your laundromat means replacing old, worn-out laundry equipment with the latest energy-efficient, technologically advanced machines. Upgrading your laundromat could also include changing your coin-operated machines to a laundry card payment system. Retooling also allows you an opportunity to reinvent your laundromat business. Maybe you start offering laundry specials, establish a laundry club, and pick up and drop off service. Let the experts at Metropolitan Laundry Machinery Sales Inc. show you multiple, creative ways you can upgrade your laundromat and re-attract customers to your store.

You’ve decided to upgrade your landromat. Now what? As one of the largest and most respected distributors of commercial laundry equipment in the Northeast, we are here to help guide you through the complete process of upgrading your laundromat and providing you with laundry equipment that will reignite that feeling of excitement when it comes to your laundromat business.

4 Steps to Upgrading Your Laundromat

1. Create an upgrade checklist and timeline

Decide exactly what it is you want to rehab in your store. Would it be just laundry equipment replacement? Do you need to update your electric/utilities? Do you want to paint your store? Replace light fixtures? Add better signage? Whatever it is, all these ideas need to be well thought out and organized on your checklist.

2. Discuss the state of your laundromat with an expert

As you discuss the state of your laundromat with laundromat experts, like the Account Executives at Metropolitan Laundry, you’ll review the configuration of your space and current laundry equipment. It’s important that you discuss ideas on how to create a more functional and profitable laundry space. As you upgrade your laundromat, you should be selecting equipment that will be technologically and economically friendly, modern in style, and most importantly will pay it forward over time.

When you work with Metropolitan Laundry Machinery Sales, we feel it is important to provide you with a Free Replacement Equipment Analysis. This tool helps you understand the economic downside to use old, worn-out equipment. Once we have decided on the direction of your upgrade, we will then discuss your laundry equipment needs and help you decide on the right solution for your store.

3. Check with your local utility companies on local permits to upgrade your laundromat

This could include updating your utilities and making any cosmetic changes. If so, be sure to build time into your timeline for acquiring those permits as these take time.

4. Talk financing!

This may be the most important step of all. It’s important that you understand what is involved when upgrading and selecting new laundry equipment. Make sure you’re advised of any available equipment promotions as well as financing options.

How Do I Approach My Laundromat Upgrade?

Another important component to think about when modernizing your laundromat is how this will affect your current state of business. The laundry equipment professionals at Metropolitan Laundry Machinery Sales Inc. will work with you to decide if you should complete a partial laundromat upgrade section by section or a complete upgrade all at once. A partial upgrade allows you to run parts of your laundromat while you work on the others. Customers will see you are improving your laundromat to better serve them. They will be patient and understanding. Besides, in the end, they benefit from the use of your brand new laundromat equipment and the bright, clean facilities!

If you’ve been looking for the right time to raise your vend prices, upgrading your equipment justifies the timing. Now would also be a good time to offer laundry specials to help ease the minds of your customers as they will be paying more to use your new laundry equipment.

Thanks to the latest technology loaded into our commercial laundry equipment, you will always be connected to your machines and customers. You’ll learn when your machines are being used, how often, and by who. This information is helpful when trying to learn more about the variations in customers’ visits.  This is an opportunity for you to understand which times are more or less popular, and therefore you can set your prices accordingly.  In the long run, newer technology allows store owners the ability to be creative with what they charge. It has also been our experience that customers will travel an extra block or two or even a few miles to use brand-new laundry equipment at laundromats.

Finding the Right Laundry Equipment Distributor for Your Laundromat 

Metropolitan Laundry Machinery Sales Inc. has upgraded hundreds and hundreds of laundromats throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. From small declining landromats to large mega stores that have been neglected, we’ve done it all.

If you want to enjoy your laundromat more and make more money, consider a laundromat upgrade. Our VP of Sales, Cliff Ross, also notes, “Another benefit of a “newly rehabbed” store is that it makes it less attractive for other investors to build new laundromats in the area!”. They would much rather compete against stores with old equipment. When you’re ready to upgrade your laundromat and want expert advice and guidance, contact Metropolitan Laundry Machinery Sales Inc. One of our Account Executives will be happy to sit and discuss what a laundromat upgrade could mean for you and your business.

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