When homeowners remodel their bathrooms, one of the most sought-after features is a spacious walk-in shower. Much of the time, that means pulling out a bathtub to make room. But what if it also means thereâ€™s no bathtub in the home at all?
The short answer is that if it works for you, thereâ€™s nothing wrong with going tub-less. The only caveat is that if you plan to sell your home, itâ€™s possible that the lack of a bathtub can be a sticking point for some prospective buyers.
A Perfect Fit
For the right buyer, a gleaming walk-in shower just might be the feature that pushes them over the line toward making you an offer. Most adults are too busy for baths and take showers all the time anyway, so losing the bathtub isnâ€™t necessarily a big deal.
If your home has an outdoor hot tub available for soaking and relaxation, thatâ€™s all the more reason to go for the remodel. That backup option will be there anytime you or your future homebuyer feels the urge to take a dip.
But itâ€™s important to keep in mind that couples with young children or plans to have children are likely to want a bathtub. Even pet owners who do their own grooming may consider a bathtub to be a must-have. If your home is in an area where most of the residents are young families, it could be a bigger risk to take out your only bathtub than if you live in an area thatâ€™s more popular among single people or retirees.
Some buyers may be uneasy with the idea of not having a bathtub even if they donâ€™t have a particular reason â€“ after all, theyâ€™re great for washing cumbersome things like oven racks and mini blinds. And since you just canâ€™t predict with 100 percent accuracy how it will affect your homeâ€™s appeal, real estate agents might caution you against taking the plunge if you expect to move within a few years.
If you have multiple bathrooms with bathtubs, however, converting one tub to a shower is unlikely to cost you any points with interested buyers. As long as thereâ€™s at least one tub in the home, youâ€™re likely to appeal to a broad range of people.
Before you get too involved in your walk-in shower fantasy, itâ€™s a good idea to schedule an inspection and consultation with a licensed plumber. Even if youâ€™re not sure about all the aesthetic choices youâ€™ll eventually need to make, a plumber can help you define some basic parameters for things like the maximum shower stall size your bathroom can support.
Handy Man Home Remodeling Center
3460 Gordon Dr
Sioux City, IA 51105