There are reasons to have a bathtub, and plenty of reasons not to. Here’s how to decide if you should keep yours or pull the plug.
But for the second bathroom, which will primarily be used by our guests, we can’t agree on whether to include a tub. I’m on team “no tub” and would prefer a nice tiled walk-in shower. My husband, however, is concerned about future resale value and thinks we should include one.
So I decided to ask around to find out what the current thinking is on keeping the bathtub or getting rid of it.
When I took to social media to ask my friends and colleagues about my bathtub dilemma, several parents chimed in to say that a home absolutely needs a bathtub, even if you don’t take baths yourself, because it’s essential for bathing young children. Realtor Deborah Lopez was one of the first to comment, saying, “As your real estate agent, I implore you to include a bathtub in your remodel!” The case seemed settled since, even though my husband and I don’t take baths, it would hurt our resale if we didn’t have one for future prospective buyers, especially those with young children.
It started to look as though not having a bathtub wouldn’t harm resale value as long as you lived in a hot seller’s market, such as Sydney or Los Angeles.
To see if I could confirm this with a real estate professional, I spoke to Roger Steiner, a friend who is a real estate broker in Seattle, another tight market for buyers. He also advises having at least one bathtub, so you don’t limit the pool of potential buyers down the road. But with some pressing, I got him to say that if your home is in a seller’s market and not in a strong family neighborhood, you can likely get away with not having a tub without hurting your resale.
In the end, it’s probably a good idea to have at least one bathtub in a home, even if the current dwellers don’t take baths. Plenty of people still love to soak and prefer to bathe their young children in a tub. Why risk turning off those future buyers? And even if you’re living in your forever home, you never know when life could throw a curveball your way. An unforeseen event like a new job or a death in the family could necessitate a move.
But if you live in an area that tends to be a seller’s market, and your neighborhood isn’t made up primarily of young families, then you may be able to forgo the tub without any significant harm to your future resale value.