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Oct 12, 2013, 09:45 AM
Added value?
Hello all,

I am curious about a future project. My wife would like to remove the shower/tub surround and convert it to just a large tile shower area. Of course, this would be nicely done. But, that means we would not have a tub in the house. I have checked with the inspections department and there is no code on the books that require that we have a tub in the house.

My question and concern is; would the removal of the tub add or subtract value from the residence?

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Oct 12, 2013, 10:12 AM
I don't think you would be adding value to the home, as eventually other "shower only" people look down the line for when they sell too. You would be limiting the group of future buyers. (Like tub bathers, people with small children, larger dogs to bathe) Normally a tub is expected somewhere in the house.

I have heard some areas, like smaller condos near beaches, tubs are no longer absolutely expected. But a swimming pool or hot tub are often available. And of course the ocean.

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Oct 12, 2013, 01:44 PM
it would definitely subtract from the homes value by quite a lot. It wouldn't be so bad if you had a tub somewhere else
If I were you, I'd talk to a realtor and see what he thinks
Oct 12, 2013, 01:59 PM
As nona said, it would lower your prospective future buyers and thus probably lower the value.

That said, if you plan on living in this house and owning it for a LONG time, I would not hesitate to do what you want with the bathroom to make it more enjoyable for you and your needs. Just don't plan on doing the shower and creating added value, nor making it an easy sell eventually, unless you have just the right buyer. It can always be changed back to a tub/shower...just takes some more cash.
Oct 12, 2013, 04:39 PM
I have to agree with what everyone has said. Conventional wisdom for remodels and future selling says that if you plan to live in the house for at least 5 more years then remodel however you want to suit your needs. There is a value to yourself about having your house suit you.

But it will be true that you will hurt your selling chances whenever you do choose to sell. Only because there is a large portion of potential buyers (families with small children or who plan to have kids) that will consider at least one tub in the house as a necessity.

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Oct 13, 2013, 09:28 AM
Thanks everyone for your input. You have presented some issues that need to b e taken into consideration.