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How Much Does It Cost to Open a Laundromat?

Curious about investing in a laundromat, but looking for some expert advice on the costs associated with this business venture? You've come to the right place! Coin-O-Matic has been in business for 100 years, and we have the industry expertise and experience to guide your business venture! Let's look at the numbers...

New Laundromat Development Costs

The start-up costs for opening a brand-new laundromat are substantial, generally, we advise business owners to budget for at least $200/square foot for laundry equipment, amenities, and buildout. Typical laundromats range from 2,000 to over 5,000 square feet which will cost $400,000 to well over $1,000,000 all in. There are plenty of variables that go into these equations, including construction abnormalities and municipal-related expenses such as water and sewer tap fees, etc.

PRO TIP: The big money is made from a laundromat is on its sales and operational efficiency rather than its investment cost. Remember, your money is going to be made on sales over time, not the initial investment in the business. Invest smart initially to make money over the entire lifespan of your equipment! Focus on the future return on investment, not your upfront costs.

Existing Laundromat Purchase Price

Investing in an existing laundromat? Our general rule of thumb when it comes to investing in an existing laundromat is that it is worth four times the annual net revenue. Of course, the age and condition of the laundry equipment, the location, any associated real estate leases all come into play here, as does the accuracy of the current businesses' financial record keeping. 

PRO TIP: DO NOT purchase an existing laundromat without the help of professionals like the staff from Coin-O-Matic. We will help you sort through fact and fiction. No need to risk the chance of paying too much for a laundromat and then have invest more money to replace out dated laundry equipment and related ancillary items. You also need to pay a whole lot of attention to the real estate lease agreement. Details like this can make or break your success, and a qualified consultant can help.

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