Guide to Purchasing New Commercial Laundry Equipment

No feeling is like the thrill and satisfaction of using a new commercial laundry machine for the first time, especially one that meets your businesses many demands, while enhancing your own laundry facility style. However, getting to that moment is not always an easy process. What should be one of the most exciting experiences can become nerve-racking due to a multitude of situations, possibilities, and paperwork. Shoppers can often feel overwhelmed.

Fortunately, information and preparation can limit that overwhelming feeling. As they say, knowledge is power. Some smart things to do to prepare include; comparing machines, determining your budget constraints, and ultimately knowing how to close the deal. Regardless of whether you are a veteran at this, or a first-time purchaser, I suggest you take a few moments to review the following.

Research New Models

Thanks to the Internet, most everything is at your fingertips, and in most cases you can do your research directly from your office or home computer. In fact, the first thing I suggest you do is take a look at your business. What are your needs? What are the patterns you can identify in your own business? Performing this initial research will create a more pointed direction when you begin to utilize the Internet for your search. The nIternet is great for saving gas and time, and provides more than enough information to make you ready to purchase a new machine.

Some items to consider when buying a new piece of laundry machinery are: Do you want a hard mount washer or a soft mount washer? What will the utility requirements be? Are you looking for gas, electric, or steam power? It could even be time to buy that high extract model you’ve been wanting for years.

Make sure you know what is standard on a machine and what elements will cost you extra. Determine your compromises, as you will more than likely get a better deal if a dealership does not have to special order your machine from the manufacturer. If you already know the manufacturer you are leaning towards, visit their website for detailed information about what is new and available.

Count Your Dollars

When purchasing a new machine, it is imperative to account for all the expenses you will encounter. The excitement of buying a new machine can often blind the purchaser to the economics of owning that machine. This is more prevalent in first-time purchasers, but many veterans also forget the economics of a new machine.

While purchasing a new machine, the buyer might also have a machine to sell. Convenience dictates that a trade-in to the dealership is the best angle. However, if you are trying to get the most bang for your buck, selling your machine privately is the way to go. An important reminder is to keep your trade-in deal separate from your purchase deal, as one should not affect the other.

Maximize Your Inspection of the Machine

Several things can be done to maximize your limited time to inspect and test a machine. Some things to ponder during your inspection of the machine include the following:

  • Does the machine offer energy efficiency?
  • Does the machine have a large enough capacity to handle your laundry needs?
  • Are the interior controls and displays easily accessible and readable?
  • Does the machine make a lot of noise when running?
  • What type of warranty comes with the machine?

Suggestions on Dealers

Searching for the right dealer is like many things in life, you just have to do the leg work to be certain of the direction you want to go in. Spend time on the phone talking to various dealers, and if time permitting, schedule a visit to meet each dealer. Remember, the dealer you choose is more than likely going to be servicing your machine as well, so an eyeball inspection of how they run their operation will be important to your peace of mind. Finally, don’t expect to purchase a machine during that first visit. Don’t be afraid to tell the dealer you still need more time to decide. When you are ready, you can always schedule another appointment to make the deal. However, it never hurts to be prepared, so it is a wise idea to visit the dealer with the following information in hand:

  • Several price quotes and the listing price for your chosen model
  • Pricing information about your used machine if you are considering a trade-in
  • Your credit report
  • Machine loan pre-approval information
  • Insurance quotes for your chosen model

Time to Negotiate

As I stated previously, information and preparation is the key to making your life easier, and it certainly will give you the ability to negotiate with confidence. Come to the negotiating table with knowledge of current market prices for the machine you are interested in, current and future market trends, and of course, the machine’s list price. All machines are marked up considerably so don’t be afraid to offer a lower number and work your way up to a number both parties are comfortable with. Remember, set your price limit and don’t stray above it.

It is also important to make sure the dealer explains all fees associated with the purchase of the machine so you are clear on what you are buying. If you are confused about something, ask questions. Never leave the dealer after purchasing a machine with questions still on your mind about why you paid for a certain fee. Also, make sure you understand the warranty being provided. Finally, when a price is agreed upon, it is common practice that more money down results in a lower rate, thus saving you money down the road.

At any time during the negotiation of the machine you start to feel uncomfortable with your purchase, or the dealer, walk out. Just because you are negotiating the price of a machine does not mean you have to buy that machine. There are many more machines and dealers out there to choose from.

Finalizing the Deal

A final inspection of the new machine and paperwork should be conducted. If everything checks out, it is time to finalize a deal you can be proud and confident in. You are paying the price you wanted. You received a long-term warranty. You now have a new machine to introduce to your commercial laundry business.

The Advantages of Small Scale Commercial Printing

We now live in a world where paperless transactions are preferred over conventional methods. The internet boom has resulted in communications from messages to advertisements being sent online as against being hand delivered to your door steps. This has caused a significant drop in the demand for printed materials resulting in the closure of quite a few large scale commercial printers. Nevertheless, the demand for things like invitations, calling cards and leaflets are still there smaller in number yet remaining to be present. Though modern technology contributed to the slight decline in commercial printing, it has however introduced digital printing that opened the doors to small scale commercial printing that is on a steady rise and is proving to be a lucrative source of income for a number of enterprising individuals. Below are a few good reasons why one would venture into what is now known as small scale commercial printing.

Low start up cost

The equipment needed to start a small scale commercial printing business just involves the purchase of good quality digital printing machines like ink jet printers and plotters often used for tarpaulin printing that is a growing market. The cost for the purchase of such machinery may only be in the hundred dollar range as oppose to the thousand dollar range for the conventional large scale printing equipment. Ink, paper and other materials needed may also be bought in small volumes making them cheaper and easier to buy that the required big volume purchases for large scale printers. Existing computers that you already have can be upgraded and be utilized for the business avoiding the need to acquire additional equipment. Furthermore, since the material and equipment necessities are limited then it follows that only a small office space will be required. One may even consider the use of their garage or a space in their backyard further saving on the rent. Small scale business also equates to lesser manpower needed. Family members can even be considered as employees that can yet again lower the cost of starting up the venture.

Low overhead and maintenance cost

Compared to the big machinery usually involved with large scale commercial printing, the maintenance of printing equipment used in small printing business is very minimal and by far less costly. A technically-inclined owner can even venture into doing the maintenance themselves thereby saving yet again from high technician fees. The ink cost for printers and plotters have also noticeable became cheaper compared to their price before. Since you will also have lesser employee then the overhead cost of salaries and benefits will also be notably cut. All of these reductions are not possible with a conventional sized printing business enterprise.

Low order requirements

One distinct advantage that small scale commercial printing can offer its slowly but steadily growing clientele is its ability to accept small order jobs as against the bulk order requirements of big printing companies. Actually small orders are even preferred since aside from deadlines required by the customer being easily met, one can even charge them a higher rate per piece but which they will find still much cheaper than going for large scale printers.

Selecting A Commercial Laundry Equipment Supplier

When it comes to running a commercial laundry then you will know that the choice of equipment is vital to providing a good service to your clients.

If you make the wrong choice of commercial laundry equipment then it can prove very costly on several fronts for your business, and worst case it can lose you clients very fast.

The first thing you need to look at when purchasing equipment, is not the machines but the company selling them to you. You need to look at how long they have been in business, what they offer in terms of aftercare support, what financing deals they offer and then finally what equipment they sell.

The reason for this is that it is no use them selling great equipment if they do not provide the services that you need to go with it, it is a bit like buying a car from a dealer and then being told they cannot offer you finance, and nor do they service the car. You would not buy a car from them would you? So when it comes to commercial laundry equipment then you need to think along the same lines.

A good dealer will offer you a range of financing options from leasing through to rental, and often it is this financing that may dictate where you buy your equipment from. Low cost financing makes a difference to your bottom line so getting the right leasing deal is important.

They should also offer you a good aftercare package, as once you have bought your machinery you will need your staff to be trained to use it efficiently and safely. Using laundry machinery without proper training can be dangerous to both staff and the garments they are laundering.

When it comes to equipment then it pays dividends to choose a supplier that offers a comprehensive range of equipment e.g. a one stop shop. This makes good sense as in the event of a problem it is far easier to just have one number to call rather than having to think “Who did we buy that from?”

Finally we come to servicing – this is probably the most important thing to look at when choosing a commercial laundry equipment supplier, as it is no use having the best equipment in the World if your supplier does not offer a good maintenance plan, leaving you stuck with a broken down washing machine. This can cost you time and money, so make sure they have guaranteed call out and fix times, and carry a wide range of spares.