Bathtubs Versus Showers: Which Offers the Most Resale Value?

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When it comes to home renovations and upgrades, many homeowners wonder which investments will bring them the most return on investment (ROI). Many times, you’re not only making a choice for yourself but for the future homeowners that end up buying your house. Look at the bathroom, for example. One question that often comes up is whether to install a bathtub or a shower. While both options offer unique benefits, the question remains: which option offers the most resale value?

Before we dive into the answer, it’s important to note that the ROI of any renovation will depend on several factors, including the real estate market, location, and the quality of the renovation. However, some general trends can be observed when it comes to the resale value of bathtubs versus showers.

Bathtubs Are a Staple

Bathtubs were once considered a must-have feature in every home. This is because a bathtub is ideal for bathing little kids and/or pets than a shower. So, real estate agents and home remodeling blogs often recommended having at least one bathroom in the home for a better chance of attracting buyers.  However, lifestyles have changed over the years, with many couples deciding not to have children and homeowners prioritizing practicality and efficiency over luxury. This has led to a rise in the popularity of shower-only bathrooms.

Showers Have Risen in Supremacy

According to a recent National Association of Home Builders survey, 56% of homebuyers surveyed preferred a stall shower without a tub in the master bathroom, while 41% preferred a tub and shower combination. The survey found that younger buyers, in particular, were more likely to prefer a shower-only configuration. 

So, what does this mean for resale value? While there are still some buyers who prioritize having a bathtub in their home, the new wave of homebuyers is looking for practicality and efficiency. Therefore, homes with shower-only configurations are often just as desirable, if not more so, than those with bathtubs.

However, it’s important to note that this doesn’t mean you should necessarily remove your bathtub if you’re planning on selling your home. If you have the space and budget, it may still be worth keeping a bathtub for those buyers who do prioritize them. Additionally, if you only have one bathroom in your home, it’s generally recommended that you keep a bathtub to accommodate families with young children.

Prioritize Quality Products & Workmanship

When undertaking a bathroom remodel, selecting quality products and ensuring skilled workmanship are crucial considerations that significantly impact the overall value of the project. Investing in high-quality materials, fixtures, and finishes not only enhances the aesthetic appeal of the space but also ensures durability and longevity, reducing the need for costly repairs or replacements in the future. Additionally, skilled workmanship is essential for proper installation, ensuring that every aspect of the remodel is executed with precision and attention to detail.

Consider Your Own Bathing Needs

Unless you’re going to immediately put your house on the market after remodeling your bathroom, it’s still important to consider your personal preferences, as you’ll be the one using it in the meantime! Don’t sacrifice your satisfaction and enjoyment for the sake of potential resale value. This space is where you start and end your day, so it should cater to your comfort and lifestyle before all else.

Trust Tundraland for a Bath or Shower Remodel

If you’re considering a bathroom renovation and are looking to maximize resale value, opting for a shower-only configuration may be the way to go. Whether you’re interested in upgrading your bathtub or shower, Tundraland is the team to partner with. We’ll provide you with a long-lasting fixture that is equipped with components hand-picked by you. Reach out to us today to learn more about our bath and shower remodels, as well as our tub-to-shower conversions.


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