Even though few people use them, it seem that everyone looks to make sure there is a tub in the house when they buy. I can't tell you how many times one of my buyers said this was the main reason they were not making an offer on an otherwise great home.
So ... if you plan to live there for a long time and really want to get rid of the tub, do this for yourself (not the resale value). If you do it right, you can always put a tub back in (or point out how a tub would fit in the space) when you go to sell.
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Yes two full bathrooms are valued higher then 1 and 3/4 bath would be...but...I think we do have to think about what we, as homeowners, want in a property as well when making these types of decisions. Normally a buyer will be looking at other things as well as the bathrooms, when making a decision about a home. If it is a choice between an older, not really functional batroom and a modern beautiful one with a frameless shower, I say the frameless wins.
I don't think it will hurt you to upgrade, I would consider the change in the master as opposed to the common bath because that will usually get more us by adults.
1 full bath as to 3/4 bath has really never influence the price.
From my experience a buyer's priority is:
So if it is a nice upgrade, it will increase the value (condition) but if it is done cheaply, with plastic shower pans, etc. then keep the tub. If it is done right it will cost a bit for the shower ($5,000) and will look expensive and have a little wow factor which never hurts.
One thing to keep in mind is the kitchen. A nice kitchen is always more impressive than a nice bath.
good luck, and pull permits!
You can look at this two ways:
1. This is my home, and I bought it primarily to live in, not for resale. If that is the case, then choose the bathroom configuration that is most pleasing/ comfortable/ affordable to you. In that case, the bathtub goes, and Go Frameless, Baby!
2. This is an investment for me to live in for a short time, and move on, hopefully moving to my dream home by getting appreciation through improvements. If this is you, then consider who will be the buyer for your home, and make decisions based on their wants and needs. This is how the home builders and spec builders do it. Neighborhood with small children? Keep the tub. Move down older couples with empty nests? Shower is perfect, and sexier than a tub.
As you can see from the answers below, people will never agree on what is best in a bathroom, so it's really your decision.
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If the neighborhood is primarily first time home buyers or young families, I would suggest leaving the tub. If it's a retiree or urban/dual-income-no-kids area, the shower is a much better idea. First time home buyers generally would want the tub for bathing kids if they are planning on raising a family there.
Hope that helps!
All things being equal, a full bath is better for resale. You say the space is small, so how much space will you really gain by removing the tub? If you are planning on remodeling, I suggest replacing the tub with a newer, fancier tub so you have an updated bathroom AND you have better resale value. Feel free to contact me with any further questions. Good luck.
Partners Trust Real Estate
I would say that the difference beween the resale w/shower or w/tub would be negligable, but
if you are planning on staying there a while, and you want a shower; put in a shower. That is one of the reasons why you wanted to own a house.