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Oversized Jacuzzi Tub

Hello,

Would potential home buyers prefer the original over-sized jacuzzi tub in the master bath (outdated fixtures), or a standard tub?   We also have a stand-up shower.  My wife loves baths, but doesn't use the jacuzzi because it's too big to be relaxing.  Would replacing it with a standard tub increase, decrease or make no difference to home buyers?
  • October 04 2011 - Arlington Ridge
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Now is not the time to remodel the bath. The return is a lot less than the actual cost.If the color is awful, consider having the tub refinished to a neutral color.You can aslo refinish the sinks and tile. If you do opt for the complete remodel consider the average age of the buyers in your area. You may want to consider a "walkin in" tub if your market area if you have an older population that is aging in place.
  • December 01 2011
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The majority of  homebuyers want a separate tub and shower in the master--good selling point. However,they may want to change out the tub because of the color.
  • November 10 2011
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We have a "Jacuzzi" brand tub, just no jets. Replacing it with a standard tub would look weird - the tub and bathroom are "in scale". Personally, I'm unsure how an oversized bath would not be relaxing.

Bottom line..

If your house, and bathroom, are built on a scale where an oversized tub is "expected", then replacing it with a standard-sized tub is going to result in a "huh?" factor.
  • November 08 2011
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An air tub sounds nice. I had never heard of one before you mentioned it. It is more of a massaging action or is it like sitting in a glass of champagne?
  • November 08 2011
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 John brought up a valid point about Jacuzzi tubs not being used and the plumbing getting gunked up from lack of use. If you decide to put a new 'jacuzzi' tub in, consider upgrading it to an 'air bath'.
 The newer Air baths are about the same cost as an upper end water jetted tub, but they push air through hundred of little holes (like an air hockey table) to create a very relaxing, spa like experience. Since there is not water in the lines after use, there is nothing to stagnate and gunk up the plumbing...
 This should also add some uniqueness to your home, while also making it more attractive and marketable.
  • November 08 2011
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If you are in a neighborhood preferred by younger people who love projects, then leave the big-mamoo and avoid the stress of making changes. More recently, I find even younger buyers avoiding any type of renovation unless the price is dirt cheap and then only reluctantly.  Renovation costs are difficult to contain on an older home, so be sure to add 15% to whatever you estimate your change-out to cost.  And be prepared for dust and frustration unless you are super-human. 
  • October 27 2011
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P.S. Burning nice smelling and beautifuly arranged candles in the fireplace can create *almost* the same effect as live fire and makes the fireplace useable all year round - and can be done in minutes :-) 
  • October 27 2011
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@John,
The same goes for wood burning fireplaces - they can be quite a chore and are used a few times a year (in Northern Virginia), but many homeowners simply must have them ..... even if they are used a few times a year....

Logic does NOT apply to certain things :-) 
  • October 27 2011
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This is a funny subject.  Everyone always says they want a whirlpool tub in the home.  In reality however, they get used so little that I often wonder if it is worth the extra expense.

Most of my whirlpool tub inspections reveal black gook and bacteria that shoot out of the jets when the tub is filled and tested.  This is due to the extended time between uses and or lack of use.  The water sits in the pipes and jets only to grow bacteria and mildew.  Then when the tub is finally filled and you are ready to take that bath....you get a dose of black goo in your tub. 

A good prevention is to periodically fill the tub, add some common household bleach (a couple of cups will suffice) and activate the jets.  Let the brew circulate for a few minutes and you have easily cleaned the pipes and jets.  No more black goo next time you use the tub.

As to which will sell better...again most of my clients always say they want that whirlpool tub.  But they rarely use it!!
  • October 27 2011
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pbdc,

It all depends on the square footage of your master bath.

Since the over-sized jacuzzi is already installed in your master bath, I am assuming the bath is large enough to allow for a reasonable amount of functional, usable space.

I would leave the jaccuzi, UNLESS your bath is small and installing a standard tub would increase the open usable space in the bath. Otherwise, you may disturb the originally designed proportions and end up with small tub - for the size of the bath - and a lot of open space.

You also write that fixures are outdated - well, it's like wearing an elegant, beautiful dress and old worn shoes..... Buyers do look for that complete, finished look. If you renovate, renovate the entire bath, or leave it as it is.

Good Luck
  • October 05 2011
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In our area a home with a soaking tub sells just as well as the oversized Jacuzzi if the bath has been upgraded throughout. For example, you have upgraded counters, sinks and floors, showers as well...it would not make much difference. If you simply replace the tub and the bath looks out dated, it will not help the sale. If it were me, I would replace the tub, which would expand the feel in the size of the bathroom. Of course I would replace floors and counters as well.



  • October 04 2011
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