Tub or Shower The Great Debate

When it comes to needing a bathtub in your home there are a couple of different schools of thought.  Traditional real estate agents will confirm that you need to have at least one bathtub to protect resale value.  However, the tide is rapidly turning to the opinion that a well-done display shower can have many advantages.  A person must first decide if they ever do use a bathtub or if they use it enough to justify the space a bathtub takes up in a bathroom.

The home’s location will have an effect on which bathroom layout makes sense for you.  A neighborhood with a lot of young families might require a bathtub for small children.  On the other hand, in a more developed community with an older population having a bathtub may be a liability.

Finally when deciding to keep or eliminate a bathtub many people overlook the value of enjoyment.  If you plan on living in a home for five or more years the time spent enjoying a tub or shower will likely out way any perceived changes in home resale value.  Bottom line is that there are no blanket rules of thumb.

As I contractor I most often hear we would prefer a shower but we want to protect our resale value.  If so many people are saying where is there added resale value in keeping a bathtub?

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