How Much Does It Cost to Relocate Washer and Dryer Hookups?

Alison Kasch
Written by Alison Kasch
Updated March 21, 2022
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Highlights

  • The cost to relocate washer and dryer hookups can run up to $2,000 depending on complexity.

  • Budget roughly $50 to $175 per unit for the simplest, most-straightforward projects.

  • You can hire a local handyperson for the job, but you may need an electrician to install new outlets.

  • You’ll pay around $100 if you need a new outlet for the washer, and about $500 if you need a 240-volt plug for the dryer.

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Costs might approach $2,000 or more if you’re moving the washer/dryer hookups along with the vent and drain line. Installing a new unit is around $50 to $175 per unit. Your trusty washer and dryer see it all—from your ancient afghan to your freshly-cut pair of homemade jorts. That’s why relocating your washer and dryer is an important task—but the cost will vary depending on the availability of outlets and any plumbing issues. 

Breaking Down Your Cost to Relocate Washer and Dryer Hookups

The cost of relocating washer and dryer hookups entails adding several plumbing features, a dryer vent, and electrical outlets. If you’re bringing in a gas-powered dryer, you should factor in the cost to run gas lines as well. You’ll need to consider these expenses in addition to installing the machines themselves. 

Installing a Washing Machine Cut-Off Valve

A cut-off valve is necessary to stop water supply for your washing machine. Your washing machine cut-off valve will likely cost around $10 to $30 for each line.

Building a Drain Line for the Washer

Relocating your washing machine gets trickier when plumbing costs are involved. And one major plumbing cost to relocate your washer and dryer is building a drain line. Depending on how close it is to the existing plumbing, that price could be anywhere between $360 and $1,840.

Adding Electrical Circuits

Your washer should run on a regular outlet, while dryers need high-powered outlets (~240 volts) to receive the correct power supply. You’ll probably pay around $100 if you need a new outlet for the washer, and about $500 if you need a 240-volt plug for the dryer.

Running Gas Lines (Gas Dryers Only)

If you’re working with a gas dryer instead of an electrical one, you’ll need to factor in the cost to run gas lines to your new laundry room. Prices vary from $200 to $5,000 or more based on how far you run the lines. Expect to pay around $20 per linear foot.

Dryer Vent Installation

Dryers need a place to push out that hot air, so don’t forget to consider installing a dryer vent. This costs an average of $100.

Installing the New Machines

Once you’ve set up everything, you’ll have to think about installing the units themselves. If you’re buying new units, many will include installation in the cost. If that’s not the case, you can find an appliance installation service near you and get it done for about $50 to $175 per unit. Alternatively, you can handle your own installation with about $16 worth of supplies, or about $50 if you have to purchase supply lines with it.

How Much Does It Cost to Relocate a Washer and Dryer Yourself?

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Unless you have proper training, you should get in touch with a professional plumbing handyperson near you to help you set up the necessary plumbing. Otherwise, you risk catastrophic leaks and a washing machine that won’t cycle correctly (or at all).

The same goes for adding in the proper electrical work. Your handyperson may do this, or you will need to phone a local electrician to take care of it. Either way, don’t take matters into your own hands, as you’ll run the risk of shocking yourself or potentially making a dangerous mistake.

If you’ve already rolled up your sleeves and want to save where it’s safe to do so, you can install your new washer and dryer with relative ease. You’ll just need a few basic tools, supply lines if they didn’t come with the units, and a zip tie to attach your drain line to the supply lines.

Here’s a list of tools and their average costs:

ToolCost
Locking pliers$5
Level$5
Measuring tape$3
Washer supply lines*$30
Zip ties$3

*Most units will include the necessary supply lines.

Total cost (no supply lines): $16

Total cost (including supply lines): $46

Cost to Relocate Washer and Dryer Hookups by Project Type

Different parts of your home have easier access to plumbing and other utilities, so the cost to move your washer and dryer upstairs will be different from the cost to move them to your garage. Below are a few common choices and their associated costs.

Adding Non-Existing Washer and Dryer Connections

If your home doesn’t have existing washer and dryer connections, never fear: you can still add them where you need them. Adding non-existing washer and dryer connections will compare to your cost to relocate washer and dryer hookups that are already there. Again, it varies based on the existing plumbing, gas, and electricity wherever you plan to install it.

Cost to Move Washer and Dryer to Garage or Basement

The cost to move your washer and dryer to the garage or basement is usually between $1,060 and $4,475. This covers installing the hookups, putting in a new drain line, installing a dryer vent, and adding an outlet. If you need to undertake more construction work, such as redoing the flooring or tiling the walls, you might pay anywhere between $2,000 to $15,000.

Cost to Move Washer and Dryer Upstairs

The cost to move your washer and dryer upstairs will likely require extending pipes, putting in new faucets, and installing a longer drain line. Depending on your setup, you might pay upwards of $15,000 to make this happen.

FAQs

Do you need a permit to move your washer and dryer?

Yes, any time you’re dealing with new electrical work, you’ll need the proper permits. The pro you hire can help you navigate the requirements for your area.

Who can you call to move your washer and dryer hookups?

The type of contractor to install a washer and dryer connection can be a local handyperson or one who offers plumbing services. You might also need to find an electrician near you to help install the correct outlets.

For a gas dryer, the type of contractor to run a gas line is either a local plumber or an HVAC specialist near you.

What are the minimum size requirements for a laundry room?

The average side-by-side washer/dryer duo needs about 4 feet by 5 feet of space. Stackable units typically require at least 6 feet of head clearance. The best way to plan for your installation is by using the measurements for your specific machines. For front-loading units, don’t forget to allow enough swing room for the doors.

Who do I hire to install a washer and dryer?

Whether or not you’re moving the hookups or simply replacing your current units, you should hire a qualified appliance pro to install your new washer and dryer.

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