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Lauren, Both Buyer and Seller in San Francisco, CA

I have a one bedroom condo in the Marina district of San Francisco. I am updating the bathroom and wanted

Asked by Lauren, San Francisco, CA Sun Jul 27, 2008

to switch out the tub and just make a high end shower. Will this effect the value of my place?

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Well, to play devil's advocate, I'm listing a 1BR now without a tub. There hasn't been one comment about it at any showing or Open House. The real make or break item for female buyers is in-unit laundry. A tub is a nice to have, not something I've ever had someone say is a deal breaker. But in-unit laundry? I've had a lot of buyers ask me to not even show them something without it. If you don't have it, and your condo board doesn't allow it, try to push thru approval of a ventless combo washer/dryer. But if you do have in-unit laundry, you're ahead of many other 1BR condos - tub or no tub :)
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A very important thing to remember is that if a bathroom doesn't have a tub it is not a full bathroom, it's only a 3/4 bathroom.
Keep the tub, many people want it and when you sell you'll want as many people as possible to want to buy it.
If you aren't going to sell then do what ever you want and enjoy.
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Jed Lane; Fog…, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
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My experience in sales and renting reflects what Sally has written, when you go to sell having only a shower will limit the number of prospective buyers, and give others a reason to say "no" to your condo. You can get a tub refinished for about $600.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jul 28, 2008
I've often thought the need for a bathtub in a one-bedroom unit might be something that one can go without; especially if you can effect a larger shower with more elegance and taste. Traditionalists will argue one has to have a tub to command full value; but what is a tub to a single person, or a couple without children in a one-bedroom unit? A place to sit and relax in warm water - perhaps. Can you capture the same benefits of a tub with a high end shower (a place to sit, lay or lounge while the water falls)? I bet you can, and if the end result looks like a luxurious roman bath, I think you can get away without a formal bathtub.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jul 27, 2008
Dear Lauren,

I would try to fix it up and keep a tub.... After 19 years in the business, I can tell you most female Buyers I have worked with want a tub.....Comments are always made when there is none. Male buyers do not necessarily care but many do. Many Buyers will then factor in the price of putting in a tub when they look at your place.

Yes, tubs can be outdated but there are ways to fix them up with refinishing or putting in a newer model. I'd keep one! By the way, you can check out names of tub refinishers on my website under Resources.

Cheers,
Sally
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jul 27, 2008
It can...... did you work with a realtor when you purchased the property? Contact your agent ask? In some instances "tubs" can be very outdated looking, just dont go overboard on your improvements expenses vs. the value of the property.
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