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Da, Home Buyer in Allen, TX

Preferred Minimum Number of Bathrooms

Asked by Da, Allen, TX Sun Sep 14, 2008

What is the preferred minimum number of bathrooms for a 4 BR House. I am looking to buy a two story house in Murphy, TX that has only 2.5 bath. The second floor has 3 bedrooms and one full bath. Will this be an issue during resale? And how easy it it to put a new bathroom on the second floor?

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On average for that size a full master bath, another nathroom for the other 3 br's and a 1/2 bath on the first floor is what is average. As far as putting in a new bath, as long as you put it adjacent to the other bathroom it willbe easier for the plumbing. good luck with your purchase
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Sep 16, 2008
I'd think a minimum of 2.5 baths is good, but always nice to have more baths in my opinion. You'll want to do this at the building stage and not afterwards. Preferences will be in the neighborhood. What do the other homes have? If it is standard to have 4bed 2.5 bath than go for it. If the standard is 3 full, then you don't want to cut expenses this way. PLEASE use a realtor in your purchase with the builder. Everyday we get questions like this and much worse from people in the middle of a transaction that wished they had used a Realtor when dealing with builders. They can also help you determine the answers to these types of questions.
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Bruce Lynn, Real Estate Pro in Coppell, TX
It's all a matter of layout and square footage of the home. If the bedrooms are close to each other and easily accessible to the bathroom then 1 upstairs should be sufficient. If one of the bedrooms is on one side of the upstairs and the the other 2 on the other, it's sort of inconvenient to have to go across the house. Also, is there a gameroom and media room upstairs? It's always nice to have a guest bath that is separate from the kids bathroom.

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Sep 14, 2008

This depends on the buyers personal preference but in general this arrangement should be satisfactory for most families.

Adding an additional bathroom upstairs may not be an easy fix because it will depend on the location of your water and sewer lines. To add another BR may force you to decrease the number of bedrooms as well.

Hope this information is helpful.

Good luck,
The "Eckler Team"
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Sep 14, 2008
For a three bedroom upstairs, you should have at least 2 full baths - one for master bedroom, the other, share by two bedrooms.

It will also be very nice to have a bedroom and one full bath downstairs - for guests, especially with aging baby boomers where we have elderly parents to take care of; or even if we are looking at our own future.

Adding a bathroom is generally pretty big task to take on. You have to first see if there is enough room in a logical location for the bathroom without sacrificing other amenities upstairs. Then the bathroom itself is difficult to do - sink, tub, faucets, toilet., etc. Not an easy task.

Maybe you can get a contractor to come out and give you very rough idea about if it is even feasible.

Sylvia Barry
Marin Realtor
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Sylvia Barry,…, Real Estate Pro in Marin, CA
Hi Da,

A minimum of 2.5 baths with 4 br's is good. It would be better to have an add'l bath on the 2nd floor. It will depend on how many people will be living in the home. If when you resale you sell it to a family with one child, perhaps, then they use the other 2 rooms for an office and the other for a work out room or something of the like, then you should be good. We do have someone we're working with right now who's facing the same thing you're talking about and there are many homes in their price range with the add'l bath up.

Happy to help,
Terri Hayley
The Hayley Group - Keller Williams
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