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Bathtubs vs. Showers for resale value.

We have 3.5 baths. One master and two upstairs that are almost the same. Should we renovate them similarly or identically? I would like to take the bathtubs out of both and replace them with tiled showers with frameless glass doors. I'm just worried about resale value. Should we just take the bathtub out of only one of the non-master baths?
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March 11 2013 - Govalle
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To add to my previous comment, as long as there's at least one bathtub left in the house, for hard-core bath lovers, then all the rest can be converted to showers, steambaths, etc, which is what the majority of people prefer.  See below one such "before" + "after", where the tub was turned into a shower/stem bath.

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April 02 2013
As long as there's at least one bathtub left in the house, for hard-core bath lovers, then all the rest can be converted to showers, steambaths, etc, which is what the majority of people prefer.  See below some suggestions...

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April 02 2013
One bathtub should be enough.  If you are renovating the master bathroom make them separate, nice shower with whirlpool bathtub. 
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March 19 2013
mom's still like baths.. renovate the master to prefection... leave the kids standard 4 or 5 piece unit alone... the money you save can go the kitchen....landscaping, etc
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March 19 2013
I'd like to give my two cents regarding whether the bathrooms should be remodeled similarly or not.  Although I agree that doing them identically may suggest getting fixtures on sale, and therefore might imply lower value - having some common elements will create a cohesive aesthetic.  You don't want the bathrooms to be too different (i.e. brass fixtures in one and chrome in another).  Pick a few things to keep the same, as a base.  Then choose some specific items to make different. 
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March 19 2013

One bathtub is usually enough..but that being said, if it's a home that seems to be dog friendly...a bath is a must...perhaps not the one you want your kids soaking in daily...all in all, one tub is a must, but more than that is not necessary. People are too rushed to take a bath, shower multiple times aa day in some cases, so a luxurious shower is more appealing and sometimes space saving.

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March 12 2013
Bath tubs are necessary.  I agree with Deb keep at least one bath tub preferably on the bedroom floor.  A nice Turkish style shower with glass doors in the master is ok, but keep a tub.
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March 12 2013
I couldn't have said it better than Debbie.  If you have a tub in the master and a separate shower, you can remodel the shower with the frameless glass, that's a huge plus.  But don't get rid of the tub unless you are replacing it with a garden/jaccuzi one.

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March 12 2013
NO, imo, do not take the bathtubs  out of both bathrooms - at least keep 1 tub in one of the non-master bathrooms - small children*  take baths.............you will kill resale without a tub in at least 1 (hallway)  bathroom.

Oh, and make each bathroom looks unique - not look as though you got the fixtures on sale, 2 for the price of 1!
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(and even some of us  older folk appreciate a bubble bath once in a while!)
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March 11 2013
-really depends on the market/neighborhood/price point/style of the home. 
If you are in the historic district it may be a cast iron tub is expected. If you are in a newer stucco area of Las Vegas a multiple head walk-in and steam shower may really do the trick. When we assist our buyers and investors decide on what they want to do to prepare to sell our first rule is to gauge whom you are trying to attract and not your personal preference when thinking of resale value. 
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March 11 2013

Renovations are a great way to improve the value of your home. In my years of experience with home buyers, I have found it to be very important to have at least one bathtub in the house. On the rare occasions that a Single family home did not have a bathtub, my clients have expressed concerns. Your question asks about resale value, and in my opinion, keep the bathtub in the hall bathroom. The master is a whole different story. I have found it to be desirable in the eyes of home buyers to have a master bathroom with a nice tile shower, as you have described. A soaking tub can be nice also. I would design them with differences in appearance as well. Two baths, that look the same, will most likely be viewed as a negative in the minds of buyers, even if they are both beautiful. Try to incorporate noticeable differences, that stand out. This will show the potential buyers that you have thought about the designs and it will add character. Today's buyer pays much more attention to detail, and this type of attention to detail can help greatly, in the resale value of your home.

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March 11 2013
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If you are in a home with 3.5 baths, I suspect it is large enough that at some time a family with young humans may consider purchasing it.   A bathtub will be important to keep your buyer audience wide for that eventuality.    If you never plan to sell and resale doesn't matter to those who will inherit, feel free to remove all tubs. 

Now, if you were in a one person condo I'd have a different opinion.  

We don't have any little humans living with us, but they do visit occasionally.  Last time we were searching, we rejected two homes that had removed all bathtubs.



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