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Does changing a full bath tub/shower into a handicap shower only affect the sale value of house?

Parents home is 1960's brick ranch with only one full bath.  Elderly parents want to stay in home but are having a hard time getting over the tub wall. Will installing a shower unit only hurt the resale value of home?
  • February 27 2012 - Fairfield
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Most of the time a shower is desired more over a bath tub. I typically recommend that people have one bath tub in a home because of any potential buyers that may have a small baby. The bath tubs today are only used for bathing a small child. From there on the shower unit is most definitely preferred. If anyone else wanted a bath then a larger soaking tub would be the ideal. Good luck
  • April 20 2012
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We tend to agree with Sunnyview's idea to work around the situation, without devaluing your home. There are a number of good inexpensive options that are easily removed if you intend to sell later.
  • February 29 2012
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Sure, but - so what? Leaving the '60s bath intact is a nice curatorial activity, but it doesn't help the resale value, either.

Myself, I'd consult with an architect to look for ways to make the home accessible, so that they could live there as long as they truly can. 

Life is short. Make the most out of it that you can. If it means putting in a shower unit, so be it!

Warmly,
  • February 28 2012
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I would do the retrofit that is the least invasive to the bathroom plan, but that will allow your parents to stay in their home safely as long as possible. You can install an inexpensive one piece fiberglass shower with seat along with garb bars. 

The walk in tubs that I have seen are expensive and a fiberglass one piece would probably be cheaper. When you go to sell, you can convert it back to a traditional tub/shower for not too much as long as you just cap off plumbing for the faucet and tub spout.
  • February 28 2012
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In my experience, having at least ONE tub in a house is really helpful. A lot of families value the bathtub so they can bathe younger children. On the other hand, if your local market is more populated with older buyers, they may be happy to forego the tub. I'd suggest visiting a few very local open houses so you can see your local buyer demographic. That'll also give you a chance to eavesdrop on buyer conversations if you find another house with no tub, and if you can hover around the bathroom to hear how buyers talk about the shower-only situation. It's great that you're working to accommodate your parents' needs in the house. Good luck finding the right solution.
  • February 28 2012
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We are in a first time homebuyer neighborhood that would be most likely starting a family.  Maybe the walk in tub is the way to go.  Thanks for the help!
  • February 27 2012
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Depends on the area. Bath versus shower in my area does not affect value much. If the neighborhood has baby boomers buying in it then the shower might actually be a benefit to the next home purchaser.

Either way, I don't think the difference in value will be one that you can measure. Make the change and let your parents enjoy their new flexibility!
  • February 27 2012
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