Will removing a bathtub and creating a walk-in shower reduce the value of my condo?

Asked by Sean, 02150 Fri Feb 20, 2009

I own a 2 bed, 2 full bath condo just outside of Boston. It's in a very nice building and I've already done some updates but I'd like to get rid of the 80's era tub and put in a tiled walk-in shower in the master bath. The other bath has a full tub/shower combo. To me this is an upgrade but I'm wondering if I'll lose value if I have to list it as having 1 3/4 baths instead of 2 full baths. Thanks in advance for any help.

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Bill Eckler, Agent, Venice, FL
Thu Aug 23, 2012
Hi Sean,

With a two bath scenario it's probably best to have one combination shower/tub and one walk-in shower. This arrangement should meet the needs of all perspective buyers.

Good luck,

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Scott A. Nel…, , 02155
Fri Feb 20, 2009
Your in luck, the local MLS, MLS-PIN only has options for 1/2 or full baths, 3/4 baths get put in as full baths. So your listing under the current system would still list it as 2 full baths.

I agree with the previous posts. One thing to keep in mind is you might also look into making it handicapped accessible if the building is as well. It would be an attractive item for more potential buyers. Think wide doors, low/zero thresholds, quality tile work with appropriate fixtures. Where it had a full tub in there already you really have the option of making a nice large shower. Splurge on a higher quality tile job that will stay current longer & appeal to a larger group of potential buyers if resale is a concern.
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Mackeddy Fils, Agent, Boston, MA
Thu Aug 23, 2012
You are on the right track. Before making any changes to a home one needs to ask if the changes make sense, than ask if it it adds value. A full 2 bath offers more value and is better than 1 3/4 bath. If the room adjacent to the bath is considered as a master bed room, the master bath is expected to have a bathtub. I would be happy to get more specific if I were able to evaluate the unit in person.
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Sean, Both Buyer And Seller, 02150
Fri Feb 20, 2009
Wow, all excellent responses. I think I'm going to go with the shower.
Thanks a lot.
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Bill Eckler, Agent, Venice, FL
Fri Feb 20, 2009

As long as you keep a tub in one of the baths, we feel that most people would be fine with it. The tub vs. shower issue is a matter of personal preference.

We agree with you that this would be an upgrade.

Good luck
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Dallas Texas, Agent, Dallas, TN
Fri Feb 20, 2009
GREAT IDEA GREAT QUESITON prior making any changes.

Have you consider keeping the tub bring that entire area "fashion forward" with tile , design and etc. Therefore whenever you sale home you have larger buyer group than just a shower.

Personally I hate tubes I believe they are waste of space... LOL... however many buyers like tubs or if they have children kids can soak in their bath, and master will have their tub.

Many buyers are picky... ANOTHER EXAMPLE I have a buyer who refuses to purchase a home without a fireplace has PASSED UP HOMES WITH EQUITY over 40% I had contractors speak with her, how to convert a home include fireplace. LOST sales for these homes on market

Hope that assists
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Alan Strange, Agent, Westminster, CO
Fri Feb 20, 2009
Although on paper you may not lose value you may be losing intrinsic value. It's always a good idea to think about the next buyer when you sell. Some may have a hard time buying a 2 bed 1 3/4 bath when there are other condos available with 2/2. On the other hand there are buyers out there who don't want the tripping hazard of climbing into a tub. This is a huge benefit to some (given your unit isn't already on the 8th floor). The most important thing to think about is whether or not you will enjoy the improvement. If it's something you want then remember why we buy houses-to enjoy them and use them as we see fit.
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Sharon Woolf, Agent, Clinton, NJ
Fri Feb 20, 2009
I think having one bathroom with a walk in shower is a plus as long as you have a bathroom with a tub which youdo. I think it is a positive improvement.
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