People don't soak in their bathtubs often, or sometimes at all, but I have worked with buyers who refused to make an offer on an apartment because there was no bathtub.
I would advise against removing the bathtub if your goal is to maximize the value of your apartment at resale.
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Yes. By converting from a tub to only a shower stall you will be limiting your target audience in a future resale. Families with small children need homes with a bathtub.
Yet, there are buyers whose personal preference is for a bathroom with a spacious shower stall and frameless glass shower doors. It makes the bathroom feel larger and more luxurious.
Tub or shower stall, if the bathroom is tastefully renovated, you will not have problems selling.
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Whether you renovate your bathroom with a tub or a shower, it is all a matter of taste.
So many people are looking and there will be people who would prefer either or.
For instance, I have a couple that is looking for only a shower and no bathtub. They are thinking as they get older than it would be easier for them to get out of the shower. On the other hand, i have a couple with kids that prefer a bathtub, so they can give their kids a bath every night and it is quite relaxing for the children. So to answer your question, it is all a matter of taste and it all depends which audience you are targeting. Frankly, if the bathroom is well done, then the apartment will not have any problem selling.
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Having said that, I currently have a 1 bedroom condo listing in contract (closing tomorrow) on UWS 10023 with a renovated bath that only has a shower stall. There were multiple bids and it sold quickly.
Location, location, location!
Look at your area comparables for the exact size of your apartment and see what the majority of comparables in your area have - a half bathroom or a full bathroom?
My honest opinion based upon a lot of experience is that yes, if you renovate in a way that you will have a shower and no tub, that will affect resale because many people like to have both. In many new developments what they do when there is more than one bathroom is give one a shower and one a tub. If this is your only bathroom in your 1-BR apt, as I suspect, you really should have both a shower and a tub. Even people who regularly shower might occasionally want to take a bath if they are sore from a hard workout, or for a variety of other reasons. Better to renovate in a way that the most possible buyers will be drawn to your unit, rather than have a reason to eliminate it from their search.
Hope this helps.
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