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Upgrading to a double vanity.

Our master bath is in dire need of remodeling. We need to do it as cheaply as possible, but are also considering the resale value in a few years. If we want to add a double vanity, we will have to tear out the existing shower and do a tub/shower combo. We aren't sure whether we should do that, or keep the single vanity and have a separate shower and whirlpool tub. If we did a combo, I would still want to do a spa tub of some kind. In order to have double vanity and separate shower and tub, we would have to tear out and move walls. I should add that our house is 1800 square feet, built in the late 1940s, and is worth less than $200,000. The master suite is an add-on.
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April 13 2013 - Cookeville
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google "2013 value vs cost home remodel projects" read their article on your current question.  
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April 13 2013
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Wow serious shotgun answer from Mr. B. Even as a non pro, I think I can do better than that. Buyers seem to like double vanities if there is room in the bathroom for them, but you have to consider the cost of ripping out the shower.

Often, you can get a better return by keeping the functional elements of the bathroom the same and updating the surrounding decor/fixtures. Paint, new faucets, new towel bars and the whirlpool tub that you plan to add is likely to attract buyers. I would control cost carefully and not put 10K into a bathroom remodel on a 1940's house at the 200K price range.

If you are not sure what buyers want in your market, ask several local agents what they think will appeal to most buyers and tell them the cost of the two main options you are considering.
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April 13 2013
Having been a professional home stager as well as realtor, a separate tub and shower would be much more appealing to buyers than a double vanity.  I know HGTV always has homeowners demanding the double vanity and it is a great feature; but I would see the value to be greater in it's current configuration.
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April 13 2013
I think the separate shower and tub would be better than the double vanity, especially with the expense of having to tear those out.
I am a Realtor here in Cookeville, and would be glad to help you with an estimate of your home's selling price when you are ready.
Thank you,
Vickie Loftis
American Way Real Estate
931-510-4143 Cell
vickiel@american-way.com
www.vickieloftis.com
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