How to Start a Successful Laundromat

If you’re looking to change your line of work and start a successful laundromat, you’ll have a lot of work ahead of you, but it should be a fun experience for you and your family. A laundromat is a staple business of more downtown areas and commercial business locations.

When there are people living in homes and apartments in the area who do not have laundry facilities in their buildings and homes, they need a place to go where they do wash their clothing, bedding and other materials. Because you are creating a laundromat in their area, you are giving them this location!

With that being said, you’ll need to take a number of key steps as you progress toward your grand opening day. Let’s take a look at what should be your main courses of action and goals when it comes opening your new laundromat.

1. Decide on the size of your new laundromat.

First, make sure you know what area you want to serve at your new laundromat. If you are going to be opening up in a very busy area and want your new laundromat to be able to handle hundreds of customers a day, you’ll need a large building. Otherwise, a smaller location will suit you and your customers just fine. Decide on a size first.

2. Work with a builder and architect or buy a new location.

Now it’s time to look for the actual location of your new laundromat. You may decide to build an entirely new building for it, or you might be taking over an old laundromat. In addition, there are often times when you can buy an old storefront property that was never a laundromat before and covert it into a laundromat. Either way, you’ll need either a builder and architect team or a real estate agent.

3. Get your machines in order.

Of course, you’ll want all of the washing and drying machines in your new laundromat to be in great working order. You can either buy them brand new or take them over from an old facility. Make sure they are quality items, and get a contract with a repair company right away because it’s not uncommon for these machines to break down when they are in constant use. In addition to washing machines and dryers, you should have a change machine and a machine for dispersing soap and dryer sheets.

4. Advertise your new establishment.

Finally, it’s time to get the word out about your new laundromat. Send out flyers, put a large banner up on your new building and email possible customers and clients in the area. You might even consider offering discounts to new customers on opening day.