Submitted 02/15/12 09:37 AM
Q. We are considering remodeling our master bathroom, removing the tub (tub to shower conversion). I'm going to try to give it a "spa" feeling. Our other bathroom also has a shower in it.
If we decide to sell the house in the future, does not having a tub cause any risk in selling the house?
Please let me know your thoughts.
Submitted 05/23/12 01:15 PM
I believe that having one tub is important in the home. The buyer pool right now is first time home buyers that are looking to have a family. Small children are bathed in the tub rather than the shower by a good number of people. I have had clients that insisted on only looking at homes with one tub in the house. When remodeling, you would want to keep that in mind, as you will eliminate a portion of your buyer pool.
I will say however, if you are looking to stay in the home another twenty years.. then you would look to do what ever works best for current life style. Remodeling again in 20 years is not unreasonable.
I hope this helps
Submitted 05/23/12 02:41 PM
I do know here on Long Island the spa baths without a tub would not go over well with buyers that have families, etc. But, my buyer did the spa bath in a home I sold him last year. I visited with him last month and he did the spa bath and I have to say, I fell in love with it. It really depends upon your local area when it comes to any home improvements.
Submitted 05/23/12 02:45 PM
My 30 plus years of experience as a Realtor tells me that one tub will not hinder your ability to sell the house.
Do what makes you happy and enjoy your home!
Submitted 05/23/12 02:58 PM
I'm not a real estate agent (but I work with a lot of them) and I work with a lot of buyers right after they close but before they move in. I think Janis's counsel is good and you need to weigh the time that you will be spending in the home enjoying it vs. selling. It does seem like this limits your buying pool, especially if you think families with young kids could be moving in.
Here in Westchester, most places have at least one bath, and I have had many customers convert the tub out for a larger shower. They tend to be older customers (baby boomers and beyond) who don't have younger kids. They tend to have more money and "want what they want" and don't care about the resale value. They understand this is a trade-off.
All that aside, I do want to point out, that you can still easily give your bathroom a spa feel without eliminating the tub. You can do natural stone or even river rock, so there are many other ways to achieve your objective.
Also, please bear in mind that bathroom renovations tend to be expensive and regardless of what you do, you usually do not get back your full investment. So, if you are doing this, make sure you have some good time to enjoy it yourselves.
Also, if you are looking for a good contractor, a great place to find one is Angieslist.com. You can read reviews from other customers about each of the contractors.
Submitted 05/24/12 01:56 PM
If you are going to stay in this home for the next 20 years then go ahead and remodel it any way that fits your needs. 20 years from now it will be outdated no matter what you do. As long as the main bathroom in your home has a bath tub you will be okay.
If you plan on moving in the next 5 years, I would either design your spa bath with a tub or if you have enough room put in a separate tub and shower.