U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Real Estate
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 1.5 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
Jump to a detailed profile or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Business Search - 14 Million verified businesses
Search for:  near: 
View Poll Results: How does replacing the tub with a shower in a bathroom effect the value of a home?
Lowers the value of the home 16 55.17%
Does not change the value of the home 13 44.83%
Voters: 29. You may not vote on this poll

Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 12-01-2009, 01:19 PM
 
Location: Katy, TX
28 posts, read 96,114 times
Reputation: 19
Default Shower instead of bathtub will lower price of house???

Hi, we are thinking of renovating the second bathroom in 3bed/2bath single family house in NYC. The bathroom currently have a tub but we all prefer to shower so we are thinking of replacing it with a shower and a linen closet. It will not fit both a shower and a bathtub. The other bathroom have a shower and bathtub.

Will this change affect the value of the house? Is a shower only bathroom worth less than a tub only bath room?

I read this post which discussed if a bathroom with a shower counts as full bath or 3/4 bath but it never discussed the effect of the home's value.

bathroom question
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 12-01-2009, 01:23 PM
 
Location: OK
2,482 posts, read 3,857,048 times
Reputation: 1460
In my market, a shower and tub are both full baths and this really doesn't affect the value. And buyers will have both.

I prefer shower only as well and I would be happy to exchange my tub for more storage. And I would not worry about potential buyers in the future. You need to live in the house now.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-01-2009, 01:34 PM
 
3,345 posts, read 4,243,377 times
Reputation: 1959
Here, a shower is 3/4 but I agree with the pp - renovate for your own enjoyment.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-01-2009, 01:50 PM
 
5,278 posts, read 5,444,472 times
Reputation: 5092
I think as long as their is one tub in the house for people who have small kids, dogs etc. your ok.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-01-2009, 02:00 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn New York
11,848 posts, read 10,269,706 times
Reputation: 12941
It's your house, do it for yourself, don't worry about a "potential" buyer, yes, we can thank HGTV for that way of thinking.

personally, I would like to get rid of my tub as well, and have a walk in shower.....like I really have time to 'soak" in a tub for more than a moment........

I begin to pray now......
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-01-2009, 02:33 PM
 
20,736 posts, read 32,507,164 times
Reputation: 9935
The OP is wise to consider the value to future buyers as well as their own usage of the renovation. Regardless of whether they plan to live in the home for many years after the renovation or should the need to sell arise soon I can say that so long as the house still has a tub SOMEWHERE and the renovation is done with high quality fixtures / workmanship a large well designed shower will be just as valuable a similar renovation done with a combo tub / shower.

The keys are to think not just of present needs / tastes but also of future potential needs and those of buyers that may consider the house. The potential for those with limited mobility (due to age or injury) to prefer a shower over a combo are obvious but a shower can also be a safer / easier option for elementary school age children as long as simple scald free shower controls are installed and there are provisions for an appropriate height shower head -- that can be easily accomplished with the popular ceiling mount rainfall showerheads that are in vogue as well as handheld spray on an adjustable mount.

Provisions should be made to have the type of enclosure and finish materials that are in keeping with the rest of the house / price of the neighborhood -- it is easy to fall in love with something in a showroom that will make the rest of the house seem terrible by comparison!

If the MLS listing standard for your area REQUIRE a tub for the bath to be listed as "full" I would make darned sure I had some way to address that -- it would really be a shame to be screened out by those who might specify "2+ Baths"...
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-02-2009, 01:08 PM
 
1,138 posts, read 1,346,780 times
Reputation: 826
The question I would consider is:

When am I looking to sell? Under 1 year? Over 5 years?

This makes a difference. If I was selling soon, I'd consider the tub since it "seems" that more people like tubs when looking for homes. But, I think more people like to shower. Would it lower the value? It might. But if it lowers value by only a little bit but I will enjoy my nice walk-in shower for 5+ years, I'd take the trade.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-02-2009, 01:23 PM
 
3,345 posts, read 4,243,377 times
Reputation: 1959
Here's another thought ...

Are you replacing a low boy tub with a roomy spa-like shower?

Or a soaker tub with a narrow, single pre-built shower?

See where I'm going with this?

Spa shower trumps low boy.

Soaker tub trumps singleton shower.

But IMHO, the livability & likeability of what YOU want and how much enjoyment you'd get out of it - wins hands down every single time.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-02-2009, 01:33 PM
 
20,736 posts, read 32,507,164 times
Reputation: 9935
Default I know EXACTLY what you mean!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Chuckity View Post
Here's another thought ...

Are you replacing a low boy tub with a roomy spa-like shower?

Or a soaker tub with a narrow, single pre-built shower?

See where I'm going with this?

Spa shower trumps low boy.

Soaker tub trumps singleton shower.

But IMHO, the livability & likeability of what YOU want and how much enjoyment you'd get out of it - wins hands down every single time.
The OP did offer a HINT that the existing tub is basic, and the shower is not the only change they are considering:
"renovating the second bathroom in 3bed/2bath single family house in NYC. The bathroom currently have a tub but we all prefer to shower so we are thinking of replacing it with a shower and a linen closet."
My concern is that IF they do go with shower make every effort to make it the kind of large walk-in shower that seems like an UPGRADE and not an 'afterthought', if that costs more and means there is no room for the linen closet odds are STRONG that down the road the added functionality and quality will be appreciated. Tiny "prefab" stall showers are a losing proposition and short of having an enormous walk-in "super star" closet no one will be impressed by having a linen closet, heck a fancy heated towel bar is a better expenditure...
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-02-2009, 02:30 PM
 
Location: NW. MO.
1,817 posts, read 3,467,941 times
Reputation: 1284
As long as there is a tub in one convenient bathroom, I'd be fine with it as a buyer. We once were looking at a house that had the only bath converted to a shower only and THAT was an issue.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:


Over $79,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Real Estate

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2014, Advameg, Inc.

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 - Top