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Are we going to hurt our resale value by only having a tub on the first floor?

We currently live in a home with 2 full baths and 3 bedrooms.  All the bedrooms are on the 2nd floor, along with a bathroom with a clawfoot tub.  As pretty as they are, they're a pain.  We'd like to replace this with a slate tiled steam shower. The downstairs bath also has a shower/tub (not clawfoot), which we'd keep.  We'll never use a bathtub, but we know they are important to some buyers. 

Are we going to hurt our resale value by only having a tub on the 1st floor?
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Thanks so much! Everything is pretty much in line with our thoughts - if we think we want to stay a while, do whatever makes us happy.  If we want to sell in 5-10 years, keep the tub.  Thanks again.
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February 13 2009
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One of the properties we have viewed recently has been excluded from our potential purchases because of  no bath in the master bath, but a designer shower .... We may make an offer, but with a $15k allowance for remodelling the bathroom.

So, I wouldnt get rid of the tub. Get a jacuzzi tub, and a multi-jet shower next it. Then you get to enjoy them, and they make the home a lot more saleable.

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February 12 2009
So the first floor has no bedrooms on it?  If it's a first floor bathroom (essentially a powder room) and there are no bedrooms on that floor, I wouldn't worry about it in the least.  You don't even need a tub or a shower on a floor with no bedrooms on it.
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February 12 2009
I don't know about cost/benefit but a nice tiled shower upstairs doesn't sound too shabby to me.  And the market being what it is you may want to do the work for your own benefit in the event you're in the home longer term.
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February 12 2009
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A tub on the same floor as the bedrooms is indeed important to some (many) buyers, so yes, I do think this choice will decrease your pool of potential buyers.

However, if you are planning to be in this house for the long term, you are permitted <grin> to make changes that are not just for enhancing (and may hurt) resale.
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February 11 2009
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Thanks, Mike.  We will still have a tub on the 1st floor, just not one on the 2nd floor with the bedrooms.  So, there will still be one tub.
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February 11 2009
While it may or may not hurt the value of the property, it makes a home more difficult to sell. Is there room in the bath for both a tub and a shower?

Also take into consideration your home is a three bedroom which is going to resell to someone with children (who take baths). By deleting that tub option you narrow your pool of potential buyers, many of who will have children.
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