TheSAMOHt, Home Seller in Baltimore, MD

Would it lower our Home's Appeal and/or Value to convert a Half-Bath on the 1st Floor into a Full-Bath?

Asked by TheSAMOHt, Baltimore, MD Wed May 6, 2009

We have a 4 Bedroom Home (plus a finished Attic) built in 1930. However, we currently only have 1 Full-Bath with approximate Dimensions of 6'x8'. The Half-Bath is only slightly smaller at 5'x7'. The 4 Bedrooms and the Full-Bath are all on the 2nd Floor. We understand that it wouldn't be ideal to have to go downstairs to get to the 2nd Full-Bath, but thought it may be better than not having the Option if/when needed. We also understand that we would be going from having a fairly good-sized Half-Bath, and creating a fairly small-sized Full-Bath instead.

Having the 2nd Full-Bath would be useful for us, so we feel it would be worth the Trade-Offs mentioned. We're also planning to remodel it anyway, so it won't cost us that much more to convert it. We are planning to sell within the Year, though, so we're more worried about how Others would view it. Do you think most would view it overall as a Benefit, or is it just too odd?

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Brenda Scarb…, Agent, Baltimore, MD
Thu May 7, 2009
The more full bathrooms the better, as long as they are done properly by licensed plumbers and electricians and meet all current codes you should not have any re-sale issues.
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Kevin Willner, Agent, Baltimore, MD
Wed May 6, 2009
My opinion is to convert the 1/2 bath to a full bath. You will definitely appeal to more buyers when it's time to seel your home and it will make things more comfortable at home.
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Kitsap, Both Buyer And Seller, Washington
Wed May 6, 2009
I just bought a house with a full bath on the main floor and I think it's great. Different, but great. I joke that it will be needed when I'm old and feeble and have to live on the main floor because I can't go up the stairs. Frankly, bathrooms meant the most to me in buying my new home. I wasn't about to plunk down the kind of change we did on anything less than 3 full baths and even then, I expected more than 3. I think if you do it right, it would be a great improvement to make. Good luck!
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Bill Eckler, Agent, Venice, FL
Wed May 6, 2009
Many homes built in the 30's, 40's and 50's were limited to only one bathroom. Time has changed and people are no longer willing to accept this arrangement.

The desirability of your home will improve and keep step with the more modern needs of today's homeowner. An important consideration for this change should be how it will be incorporated into your existing floor plan as well as how it will impact the adjacent living area. Great care should be given to consider the utility of your living space not just the addition of a bath.

Since the vast majority of homes on today's market have 2 haths, this may not increase the value of your home but it will most certainly increase its marletability.

Good luck
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Scott Stulich, Agent, Dundalk, MD
Wed May 6, 2009
I'm not an appraiser, but i would say it will increase the value a bit more having 2 full baths in the home.
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