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Do Homebuyers Prefer Bathtubs or Showers?

Dec 30, 2021

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If you’re considering a bathroom renovation that involves converting your bathtub to a shower or vice versa, you may be wondering if such a renovation could negatively impact your home’s resale value. The question comes down to what potential homebuyers prefer—bathtubs or showers? This can depend on multiple factors, such as their age, range of mobility, or whether or not they have young children. However, a good rule of thumb is to ensure your home has at least one functioning bathtub. While walk-in showers are known to boost home value, the opposite is true if you sacrifice your home’s one bathtub for said shower. If you’re still uncertain about whether a renovation should include a shower or bathtub, here’s what you need to know:

Bathtubs are Seen as More Valuable Fixtures

Bathtubs typically viewed as being more difficult and more expensive to install than showers. Plus, the market is seeing a surge in popularity for freestanding bathtubs especially, therefore a bathroom that already has a tub installed is seen as less of a hassle or costly investment than one without. 

Maintaining a Shower Vs. a Bathtub

A drop-in bathtub and standard shower both require the same level of maintenance, which starts with gaging the integrity of each fixture’s material and its durability. However, freestanding bathtubs are coveted by many homeowners for their simple maintenance, as they are not bonded to wall surrounds, thus there is less to clean.

Who’s Using Them

Showers are great for teenagers, young adults, and adults, while bathtubs are preferred by families with young children or elderly relatives because they are generally safer for people who have difficulty walking on their own. This is especially true for walk-in tubs.

Which Should You Get?

A good rule of thumb is to consider how long you plan on living in your home. If you plan to sell your home in the next 5 to 10 years, getting rid of your home’s bathtub will likely shrink your pool of potential buyers and could lead to lower offers. However, if you plan on living in your home for the next 10 to 15 years, then there isn’t much of a need to worry about potential buyers for the time being. In the latter case, your main concern should be creating a bathroom that is tailored to your needs and lifestyle.

Premium Bathroom Remodels From New Bath Today

If you’re looking for a bathroom remodel that is sure to boost your home’s value, it’s important to entrust your project with a reliable company. That’s where New Bath Today comes in. At New Bath Today, we provide expertly crafted shower systems and bathtubs sourced from industry-leading manufacturer KOHLER®. Our bathtubs are available in hardwearing materials such as enameled cast iron and acrylic, and our shower systems are made with durable LuxStone™ that is mold and mildew resistant. Additionally, our showers and bathtubs are highly customizable and are available in a variety of colors and designs. You can also boost their safety and convenience by opting for add-ons like grab bars, seating, floating shelves, and more.

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To learn more about why homeowners trust New Bath Today to carry out their bathroom remodeling projects, contact us today to schedule a consultation.

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