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Consider resale value when converting bathtubs to showers

by | Feb 9, 2016 | Blog, Home & Lifestyle

28747375_mlWhen it comes to bathroom renovations, many who prefer showers over baths dream of taking out all their home’s tubs and turning that space into luxurious walk-in showers. But is a house without tubs less marketable?

In online chat forums concerning the question, homeowners argue both sides of the issue. But overall, the consensus seems to be that buyers prefer homes with at least one bathtub.

In fact, in a 2013 survey conducted by National Association of Home Builders, more than half (51%) of homebuyers said they did not want a master bath with only a shower stall. And House Logic notes: “Even if you only use your tub to wash the mini-blinds, most real estate agents are adamant about having at least one bathtub in your house to preserve marketability.”

Many homebuyers with young children still prefer tubs for bathing their children and dogs, say brokers. And many love to soak in a tub.

A recent Houzz poll underscores the point, with 58% of respondents claiming, “you’ll never sell that house without a tub.”

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