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Question DetailsAsked on 11/4/2014

We would like to move the laundry room to the garage .

We are buying a new home and we would like to move the laundry room to the garage. The present laundry room is on the same floor just behind the garage ( a wall between garage and laundry room ). How much does it cost to install washer dryer hook ups ? Do I need just a plumber or any other contractor for this work ?

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Here is a prior similar question which did not really get answered fully, but gives a nice list of most of the things that would need doing IF the new location is not basically backed up right against the existing laundry room.

IF back to back on same wall, then just relocating the drain pipe and electrical outlets to come out on the other side of the wall should not run over about $125-150 each for plumber and for electrician, assuming you are not also putting in a floor drain in case of overflow, which could easily add $400-600 range. Maybe more like $200 range for plumber if a gas line has to be moved also to service a gas dryer (or to provide that capability for future homeowners even if you do not use gas yourself).

Things to note -

1) if you use garage for woodworking or a lot of car rebuilding or other dirty hobby or work, then I would put them in a laundry room with filtered air vents, rather than just open to the garage.

2) especially important, and of critical interest if you were thinking stackable units, is they will have to located up off the ground on a platform (usually 18" off floor, but varies from 12-30" in some areas I have seen) to minimize risk of explosion in case the car has a minor fuel leak or vents fumes due to fuel warming up (commonly a problem especially in cold climates when people fill their tanks right to the top in the cold, with gas from below or near-freezing ground, which then warms up to maybe 60-70 degrees in a heated garage). Therefore this basically means that unless your washer and dryer are front-loading AND the users in the house are fairly tall, the platform has to extend out far enough infront of the appliances also to stand on when using the appliances - which by code means minimum 3 feet front to back and as wide as the appliances, so really a nuisance using them. This requirement also takes away from garage width or depth - which in many areas is mandated by code - so check that first before you go into doing this.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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