Pros & Cons: Replacing Appliances in a Rental

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I've been considering buying a washer and dryer to use while we rent. Our apartment has a working washer and dryer that are very old, inefficient, and not entirely effective at getting clothes clean. Is it worth it to replace them? After the jump: a few pros and cons.
Pros:
  • Buying a high efficiency washer and dryer would reduce our electricity and gas bill by perhaps 25%.
  • We'd use less detergent.
  • I'd never have to wash a load of clothes twice in a row because they didn't get clean the first time.
  • I could stop over drying clothes.
  • Our water usage would drop. According to The Urban Homestead, 8.7% of water use in the home comes from the washing machine.

Cons:

  • There are free, functional appliances in the laundry room right now.
  • Heavy, expensive appliances are not currently on the list of items that have to get into the moving truck when we leave.
  • A new washer and dryer could cost about $1500.

Have you replaced appliances in a rental? Was it worth it?

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