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Posted By LARRY LARSEN Feb 16, 2020 1:26 PM
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Chris,      I think you do a disservice to current and potential Laundromat owners by advocating the.ignoring of any installation or service requirement detailed in the installation and service manuals of any manufacturer.      I think pulling a machine loose in unbalanced load situations doesn't mean ...
Posted By LARRY LARSEN Feb 14, 2020 3:23 PM
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If it is a random problem, it is likely that an unbalanced load is preventing the machine from going into high speed extract. It should attempt to rebalance the load, but failing will not go into high speed extract. ------------------------------ Larry Larsen www.Laundromat123.com Distributor Member ...
Posted By LARRY LARSEN Feb 14, 2020 3:19 PM
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A broker and a consultant together is only a salesman.  They earn their living from selling you something and earning a commission from the seller. They are not on your side, they are on their own side, even though they might be helpful in some areas. A true consultant receives a fee for his services ...
Posted By LARRY LARSEN Feb 13, 2020 5:09 PM
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Chris M.,      I guess you get rid of your fire extinguishers because you haven't had a fire in 21 years.      The chance of a fire is remote and so is a machine pulling out, tipping over or injuring a customer.      Both examples might happen. I'm pretty sure your failure to install according to factory ...
Posted By LARRY LARSEN Feb 12, 2020 11:13 AM
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What type and size of water heater do you have? Do you have hard water? Have you delimed your heater? What is the temperature set at? Storage tank and size? Age, number and size of washers?Better answer with more information. ------------------------------ Larry Larsen www.Laundromat123.com Distributor ...
Posted By LARRY LARSEN Feb 10, 2020 6:09 PM
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Happy to discuss your needs. LV is not a large enough market for a variety of distributors to locate there to handle the demand. ------------------------------ Larry Larsen www.Laundromat123.com Distributor Member Consultant - Advisor ------------------------------
Posted By LARRY LARSEN Feb 10, 2020 6:06 PM
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I don't see a bump in prices on Laundromats. At least in my area, there has always been a high demand. SoCal has always had a variety of people with money to invest. It is important to distinguish between advertised price and actual selling price. We've seen an increase in advertised prices based on ...
Posted By LARRY LARSEN Feb 10, 2020 5:53 PM
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Different brands, modes and the year produced reveal various heights for the upper and lower baskets. Early model Alliance dryers were often put on four inch risers. Dexter, current Alliance, ADC and WascoDry do not need to be raised, in my experience. Top baskets tend to be used more than bottom dryers, ...
Posted By LARRY LARSEN Feb 9, 2020 4:44 PM
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Your distributor must have excellent sales people. Three times disappointed, and still a buyer. Many people will move on to other options after the first bad experience. You seem to be a glutton for punishment, and still nothing changes. Overloading of semi-professional washers in high volume Laundromats ...
Posted By LARRY LARSEN Feb 9, 2020 4:35 PM
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Valuations using NOI multiples or cap rates are actually actually inappropriately used in Laundromat valuations. Laundromat valuations should be based on current and future "income stream." The use of multiples is based on the adaption of real estate valuation familiarity applied to another type of business. ...
Posted By LARRY LARSEN Feb 7, 2020 1:00 PM
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Doesn't the sc27 have a mechanical timer and is the smell coming from the timer? ------------------------------ Larry Larsen www.Laundromat123.com Distributor Member Consultant - Advisor ------------------------------
Posted By LARRY LARSEN Feb 7, 2020 12:55 PM
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I agree with Timothy. Smells inside top load washers were extremely rare and have only become a regular issue with front load washers. Leaving the lids open aired out the top loads. The root cause of many odor problems comes from improper installation.  This is common when top load washers are replaced ...
Posted By LARRY LARSEN Feb 5, 2020 3:38 AM
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Who installed the machines? Your first call should be to the installer and then the distributor. The factory is seldom your first choice. Make sure all the shipping blocks were all removed. Larry A. is correct about checking for screws or nails causing noise. If you can't get to the rear of the machine ...
Posted By LARRY LARSEN Feb 4, 2020 11:42 AM
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If you lease out a portion of your store, make sure your lease allows it, your insurance policy permits it, and only do it with a written agreement. Otherwise, you may not safely trade benefits for cleaning labor. I've seen too many labor code violations and lawsuits from unhappy workers who claim they ...
Posted By LARRY LARSEN Feb 4, 2020 11:32 AM
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Much of the storage of clothes baskets on washer tops (cause of the scratches) is because of a lack of laundry carts in a Laundromat. Most customers would happily abide with storing the baskets in a cart if they felt they weren't dominating the available Laundromat clothes carts. Not sure if this applies ...
Posted By LARRY LARSEN Feb 3, 2020 4:29 AM
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Chris,      Did you upgrade your concrete floor during remodel? Just wondering how much it added to the cost of your remodel. Thank you. ------------------------------ Larry Larsen www.Laundromat123.com Distributor Member Consultant - Advisor ------------------------------
Posted By LARRY LARSEN Jan 31, 2020 4:34 AM
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If I was hiring a salesman to sell Huebsch equipment you'd be on the top of my recruit list. However, I'm not too certain that a high octane promotion of the benefits of Huebsch is not a disservice to Speed Queen, Dexter, Continental, Maytag and the other brands of washers that also feature amazing benefits ...
Posted By LARRY LARSEN Jan 30, 2020 9:18 PM
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Unfortunately, I didn't have good luck with the receipt promotion either. Tried it several times at different locations with limited to no results. My best results were from a flyer shared with a Pizza store. The people loved the pizza coupon and therefore kept my portion of the flyer. Another promotion ...
Posted By LARRY LARSEN Jan 30, 2020 2:56 PM
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As an experienced broker who has sold many hundreds of different Laundromats, the biggest problem in finding a buyer is overpricing by sellers. Many brokers will take your listing at your price and then wait until you determine to lower your selling price to proper levels. You and your broker should ...
Posted By LARRY LARSEN Jan 30, 2020 2:35 PM
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So glad you checked into the concrete requirements before installing large size washers. A 30 year old Laundromat is almost certainly without proper depth of concrete. These stores were designed to handle top load washers and a few 60-80 G force "rug washers." The cost and inconvenience of providing ...
Posted By LARRY LARSEN Jan 29, 2020 1:51 AM
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I don't think your agent was entirely correct in saying the whole Laundromat insurance business is in a "Wild West" state. Insurance companies adjust coverages most often when claims or unreasonable claims pile up. How could any insurer know how much money is left in a store? Quite a few companies don't ...
Posted By LARRY LARSEN Jan 29, 2020 1:14 AM
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Brenda,      If you want to sell your store, you have to first sit down and have a serious conversation with yourself about the value of your Laundromat. Did you overpay? Are there more problems than you were told there would be? How badly do you want to sell?      One important question to answer is ...
Posted By LARRY LARSEN Jan 29, 2020 12:42 AM
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I've found the best way to hunt down a repairman in your area is to talk to other local owners in your area. You find someone who already travels to your area and you might get a recommendation from a fellow Laundromat owner. It is also helpful to state the brand of equipment you want repaired. A lot ...
Posted By LARRY LARSEN Jan 29, 2020 12:25 AM
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Did you buy this new or used? Was the motor ever replaced? Read on the top motor it's stated RPM. How about the pills? Replaced? If you bought it new, call the distributor out to repair. Notify the factory directly if it's not quickly repaired. Something is not right on this dryer. ------------------------------ ...
Posted By LARRY LARSEN Jan 29, 2020 12:19 AM
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Great looking store. Open ceiling looks very good. I do have one concern I would like to ask you about. Are all the chairs commercial rated? Some look similar to the plastic chairs purchased for home backyard use. I've seen the results of these chairs collapsing with a 275-LB person. With our society ...
Posted By LARRY LARSEN Jan 24, 2020 5:52 PM
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Depending on your local law, you need to preserve items left in your premises for a reasonable period of time. People have emergencies, memory lapses and oversights. Are you willing to lose a customer over your irritation? The proper way to handle things left behind are to dry them, if needed, store ...
Posted By LARRY LARSEN Jan 24, 2020 5:39 PM
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If you shorten the cycle time you will reduce the cleaning capability of the washers. The new "high efficiency, low water use washers" have substituted increased agitation for water volume. The components for clothes washing are water volume, water temperature, agitation and chemical (detergent) additives. ...
Posted By LARRY LARSEN Jan 22, 2020 9:47 PM
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How old are the dryers? Single or stack versions? How many bends and turns are there in your venting? How many feet above the dryer is the roof of the building? How did you determine you needed vent cleaning? Who suggested this vendor for the work? These are some of the questions that need to be answered ...
Posted By LARRY LARSEN Jan 21, 2020 12:41 AM
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Most of the major mistakes in a Laundromat purchase are not related to overstating of income by the seller but lease issues, under reporting expenses, equipment condition and potential competition. Important, but not conclusive. There are lots more to consider. ------------------------------ Larry Larsen ...
Posted By LARRY LARSEN Jan 21, 2020 12:36 AM
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Boy have there been some good responses given above. If a store has been properly priced at $100,000, why would he sell it for less? It probably is not even worth the $60,000 you offered. What was the basis for your offering price? You're not buying a used car, with a Kelly Blue Book to get you in the ...
Posted By LARRY LARSEN Jan 21, 2020 12:27 AM
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Are you looking for help in finding a Laundromat or in assisting in due diligence activity? Two different activities. It's very hard to find a Laundromat salesman to help you find a store and also give you an impartial review of Laundromat paperwork, records, lease term or value. I'm surprised that a ...
Posted By LARRY LARSEN Jan 21, 2020 12:17 AM
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You can have an experienced consultant from anywhere in the country assist you in ensuring proper Laundromat terms are expressed in your potential lease. Leaving out certain provisions or agreeing to an attorney represented Landlord's lease without review can be very expensive and could lead to a major ...
Posted By LARRY LARSEN Jan 21, 2020 12:08 AM
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Brittany,      One thing you might look at is your liability coverage on your insurance policy when you add a service beyond the normal activity of a coin Laundromat.      Some companies won't insure auxiliary items, such as horsey rides and video games. Self-serve lockers could fall into the arena of ...
Posted By LARRY LARSEN Jan 16, 2020 7:36 PM
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I agree with Denise. Perception is the problem with some 100 LB models. They have to look bigger in order to charge more money. ------------------------------ Larry Larsen www.Laundromat123.com Distributor Member Consultant - Advisor ------------------------------
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It's a great product and a great company. Owned by Standard changers. Heavy duty. Much stronger than any system you can buy. I've had locations taking in hundreds of dollars a month. Helps pay for repairs, cleaning and paper products. ------------------------------ Larry Larsen www.Laundromat123.com ...
Posted By LARRY LARSEN Jan 16, 2020 4:30 PM
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I'd consider an application based option like ShinePay because of the lower initial cost. The alternatives methods of payment are expanding and changing so rapidly that whatever you choose will be outdated in five years. Tying yourself to a costly generic system, or one used only by one brand of washer, will ...
Posted By LARRY LARSEN Jan 16, 2020 3:56 PM
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Michael and others,      What causes clothes to be stiff after washing? What is the function of a dryer sheet?      The primary reason clothes come out of a dryer stiff is residual residue. Left over soap, dirt and body oil, not removed by extract in the washer.      Keep in mind that all water remaining ...
Posted By LARRY LARSEN Jan 16, 2020 11:02 AM
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For scented loads use Ariel. It is a prior Tide formula with enhanced fragrance. If you install a soft mount washer, you won't need dryer sheets at all. The additional water removal results in softer clothes without the dryer sheet treatment. ------------------------------ Larry Larsen www.Laundromat123.com ...
Posted By LARRY LARSEN Jan 10, 2020 3:22 PM
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It's a problem for sure in unattended Laundromats. A pay toilet lock can limit the problem in some areas. Another option is not marking it as a restroom and putting a sign on the door stating "Employees Only." Your regular customers will learn and the others may avoid your Laundromat and look for a restroom ...
Posted By LARRY LARSEN Jan 10, 2020 3:17 PM
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Why are you abandoning the tankless heater systems? They are the cheapest to buy and easiest to replace. Low installation costs if you already have tankless. I've used virtually every heating system over the years and they all seem to have positives and negatives. The hardness of your water, and a failure ...
Posted By LARRY LARSEN Jan 10, 2020 3:10 PM
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I guess it depends on where your Laundromat is located. In SoCal we don't usually spray around the building to create a "circle of death" to stop ground migration of bugs. It's also difficult to perform when you're one of many stores in a strip center. Just in front of the entry doors. We normally see ...
Posted By LARRY LARSEN Jan 10, 2020 2:55 PM
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One thing you might want to consider is the latest super high speed extract washers. Not made by Speed Queen, Huebsch or Dexter. At least look at Continental Girbau and Fagor. Try to differentiate from your surrounding Laundromat competitors. If a washer is bolted to the floor, it is not super high speed, ...
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Put an ad in EBay and Craig's List. Take a few pictures of one table alone. They make great work benches, stool seating tables and a Laundromat might also be interested. Come up with a price. ------------------------------ Larry Larsen www.Laundromat123.com Distributor Member Consultant - Advisor -- ...
Posted By LARRY LARSEN Jan 9, 2020 1:42 PM
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If your store was not designed with proper air separation, the cost to modify your facility could equal the cost of your air conditioning unit. Keep in mind that air conditioning is costly to provide in most areas regardless of the design details. I think an evaluation of demand, competitor services ...
Posted By LARRY LARSEN Jan 5, 2020 10:15 PM
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Since you list your address as Florida, please confirm you mean Southern California and not South Carolina. If you mean Southern California, I'd be happy to talk with you. ------------------------------ Larry Larsen www.Laundromat123.com Distributor Member Consultant - Advisor ---------------------- ...
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"Does Alliance say the factory settings are optimized for getting clothes clean (via testing by Alliance)?  Or ideal for saving owner $$ on water bill?"  R. Anderson The reason is probably closer to marketing the product to customers with limited knowledge of water use and fulfilling government demands ...
Posted By LARRY LARSEN Jan 1, 2020 9:28 PM
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Larry A.,      I wonder why you use the second level Huebsch brand over Alliances premium brand Speed Queen. Is it the distributor, pricing, historical use or another reason?      Huebsch is the Hotpoint to the General Electric in another appliance brand example. The top level appliance stores sell GE, ...
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I'll address the second part of your original post about brands and options. Ariel is the top brand in Mexico and Great Britain. I was informed by my P&G representative that it is an prior Tide formula with added fragrance. It may be possible to still buy the Mexican Ariel that contains phosphates ...
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I believe Joe has a great grasp of people who accidentally believe they included an item, and those attempting to con you. Either way, post a sign that includes "Not responsible for lost or missing items in processing wash/dry/fold orders." What's the likelihood your workers stole or misplaced an item? ...
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I'm going to make a few comments about the equipment. I wouldn't replace old single dryers with old stack dryers. When you buy used equipment check:  1) the location of where the equipment is currently located and the volume of use, 2) the actual age of the equipment, 3) the cost to transport and install, ...