Removing the tub from an en suite bathroom. Does it hurt resale value?

Asked by Col. Walter E. Kurtz, Westchester County, NY Wed Mar 14, 2012

Hi, we have a 4 br, 2.5 bath house. We are considering renovating the en suite bathroom which currently has a tub and stand up shower. In the current plan we will lose the tub and go with a massive walk in shower with the water jets and what not.

Do you think it hurts our resale value to take the tub out of the en suite? We have a master bathroom on the same floor with a tub.


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Jacques Ambr…, Agent, Forest Hills, NY
Thu Mar 15, 2012
I think that it probably wouldn't hurt your resale value as long as there is another bathroom with a tub.
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Christopher…, Agent, Tarrytown, NY
Thu Mar 15, 2012
Hi, a tub isn't going to hurt your resale value. It may b um a buyer out a little but they will deal as long as the rest of the bathroom makes sense. The fact that you have an en suite bathroom is a plus, period. I've worked with hundreds of buyers and pay very close attention to what they look for, like, and don't like. Have a great day!

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Lawrie Lawre…, Agent, Mooresville, NC
Wed Mar 14, 2012
It shouldn't really hurt your value removing a tub. As you mentioned you have another on that level of the home.
The renovated bathroom should go a long way too improving values however. Good luck.
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Steve Longo, , New Canaan, CT
Wed Mar 14, 2012
It almost never hurts to update a bathroom. If done correctly it should be seen as a posative. If removing a tub, be carefull that there is still a tub to bathe children. if there is no tub for children to use, some families will pass on making an offer.
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Suzanne Lagle, Agent, White Plains, NY
Wed Mar 14, 2012
I think if its a good renovation, it wont hurt value, but I would sooner do this renovation in a master bath than a 2nd bath. However, you need to do what's good for your needs, and as long its a good renovation and you plan to stay for a while, it should be fine . If you plan on moving anytime soon, it might deter some buyers that need a tub. Good luck !
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Anna M Brocco, Agent, Williston Park, NY
Wed Mar 14, 2012
If it makes it your home more enjoyable to you, no reason not to consider the idea....
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Michael Cheng, Agent, San Jose, CA
Wed Mar 14, 2012
If it's a difference between an older bath tub configuration and a stunning new walk-in shower, the value you're adding with the renovation should much more than compensate for the loss of a tub, especially since you've already got a tub on the same floor.
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Ron Thomas, Agent, Fresno, CA
Wed Mar 14, 2012
It's your home; you should do with it as you wish.
Particularly if you are planning on having it for a long time:
You will regret not doing it "your way" every time you use it.

If you are not planning on staying, don't do it!
Women like their tub and it will hurt the resale value.

Good luck and may God bless
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