Percentage of buyers who want this feature: 91%
Cost to install: $1,000 to $10,000 for a small-scale project
More than anything else, homeowners want a room other than the guest nbedroom to stack all the clean laundry in until it finally gets put naway. A separate laundry room tops the National Association of Home nBuilders' (NAHB) list of most-wanted home features by buyers. "Having a nseparate room [to use for things such as folding or ironing clothes] nhelps to keep the mess out of your living space . . . Potential buyers nwill see it as a huge benefit," says Paul Sullivan, founder and npresident of the Sullivan Company, a Newton, Mass., remodeling and custom-building firm.
If you don't have an existing laundry room and want to add one, the nbasement is usually the easiest (and cheapest) place to put it, Sullivann advises. The utility lines are already there, and in many cases the nbasement is unfinished, so you won't have to demolish anything first. nAdding a laundry room in the basement can cost as little as $1,000, he nsays.
However, homeowners who prefer a laundry room or laundry closet n(which fits just a washer and dryer) closer to the bedroom can expect ninstallation to cost around $10,000, Sullivan notes. If you're looking nto really ramp up your home's wow factor, the cost of a large-scale fulln laundry room (complete with a sink and storage cabinets) could easily nsurpass $15,000, he says.