Ti, Home Buyer in Philadelphia, MO

Bathroom Size?

Asked by Ti, Philadelphia, MO Sun Jan 24, 2010

Remodeling...what's better... a 3 bedroom house (decent size rooms but closets) with a small bathroom (4x7) or a two bedroom house (with closets) and a larger bathroom (7.5x9), or 3 bedrooms (2 small & no closets) and a 6x7 bathroom in south Philly?

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Dear Ti-
I would personally stick with the 3 bedroom. If you were going to stay in the house for a long time and use it as your residence and needed only 2 bedrooms that would be OK. If your are remodeling for sale 3 bedrooms is a better choice. When real estate professionals search for available homes for their clients number of bedrooms is usually top on their list. I specialize in first time buyers for the area, give me a call!
Good Luck!
-Robert A. Martini
Keller Williams Real Estate
Philadelphia PA
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Feb 15, 2010
In South Philly you have a wonderful mix of families, couples, and roommates purchasing property that want to be as close to Center City and all the action as possible without Center City prices. Both two and three bedrooms sell in South Philly. Look around at your neighbors, particularly any newer neighbors you have and play detective on their lifestyle, work and so forth. If you are in a 3 bedroom home you could risk killing the functionality of the property converting to a 2 bedroom. On the otherhand if you are on one of those blocks that happen to be a mixture of 2 and 3 bedroom homes in a great location you may want to consider the following:

62 properties in the past 6 months sold that are 2 bedrooms with 1 full bath. The highest priced sale was $230,000 and of course this is South Philly so the home was done to the gills and modern throughout, top to bottom.

117 properties in the past 6 months sold that are 3 bedrooms with 1 full bath. The highest priced sale in this case (lavishly decorated and updated) sold for $250,000.

What are you deciding to do throughout the rest of the home. Rather than an issue with the size of bathrooms, kitchens can be your biggest money maker and it appears a three bedroom home can get you a few more dollars if you are considering selling your home.

You may want to have a real estate agent take a look at your property before you begin remodeling to give you an honest evaluation of your property values before and after. Its a shame to see homeowners put a lot of money into remodeling with the thought of making money back on the sale only to be disappointed. Feel free to contact me to discuss your future plans in your home. While I am not a native to South Philly, I feel I was almost raised in South Philly as my brother lives in East Passyunk and has been there for the past 25 years of life. Always have loved South Philly's unqiue style and desirability.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jan 31, 2010
Hi Everyone,

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Best Wishes,

Emily Gibson
Community Moderator
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jan 26, 2010
Thanks for everyone's help. The house is a 1100 sq ft 2 story row. There are no closets in any of the rooms, however each has a window. Just concerned about the bathroom because there is not enough space for a 60
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jan 24, 2010
Bathroom size is not as important to buyers as closet space. Number of bathrooms is important . A one and a half bathrooms home will sell faster than home with just one bathroom.
Number of bedrooms preferred depends on the buyers. and number of occupants . There are young single people who buy just a one bedroom home , and young couples as well as empty nesters who buy 2 bedroom homes.
It also depends on the other homes in the neighborhood. When buyers look at homes they will look at all available homes in the area. You should not over improve either.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jan 24, 2010
Those options are difficult to choose from in any case. Plus, the question is: What do buyers in your area expect and want? If a typical buyer expects a 3/1 and you're offering a 2/1, that can be a real problem. Only an agent familiar with the area can answer that portion of your question.

However, generally a 3 bedroom house is preferable to a 2 bedroom house.

Be careful about eliminating closets in bedrooms. Many housing codes require that, for a room to be categorized as a bedroom, it must have a window or other exit option of a certain size, plus it must have a closet. So you might find yourself technically eliminating one or two bedrooms by removing the closets.

You might consult with an architect (or architectural student) to see if there's any other way to accomplish what you want. (For example, the home I live in has just a smallish master bathroom. No room for double-sinks, etc., in the bathroom. But it was designed with another sink/counter area in what is technically the bedroom. So we have the additional functionality without needing/having a whole extra bath.)

And, as I said, definitely check with a local Realtor on what buyers' expectations are.

Hope that helps.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jan 24, 2010
Don Tepper, Real Estate Pro in Fairfax, VA
Hi, I believe a 2 bedroom home is a harder sell then a 3 bedroom home. Especially in a family oriented neighborhood. If there are more empty nesters or its a popular second home area then a 2 bedroom makes sense. You will also want to make sure there are other comprable homes in the area. The more bedrooms you have the better the value. I believe option one is your best bet!


Christopher Pagli
Licensed Associate Broker
Accredited Buyer Representative
Legends Realty Group
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jan 24, 2010
Hi Ti. Depends on the comparable homes in your neighborhood and the price you want for your home; assuming you are flipping the home. If you are remodeling for yourself, and plan to stay there for a long time, make it comfortable for you and your family. If it is a flip, it is usually easier to sell a home with 3 bedrooms. Bathrooms don't need to be big....but it is always helpful if they are "very" nice. Sometimes it is possible to built a small closet into a corner of the bedroom.

~Robert Greenblatt
Keller Williams
Cherry Hill, NJ
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jan 24, 2010
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