Does a Tub-to-Shower Conversion Affect Home Value?

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In the United States, the typical home has at least one bathroom with a tub and shower combination, and for good reasons. A tub provides a safe, confined space for bathing children and also allows you the opportunity to take long, leisurely soaks every now and then. However, as the popularity of tub-to-shower conversions demonstrates, many homeowners actually prefer showers to tubs, and increasingly, bathrooms are being designed with shower spaces only. Evidently, some homeowners find tubs to be unnecessary, which begs the question: Does replacing a tub with a shower affect a home’s value?

In short, it depends. According to the National Association of Realtors, as long as the home has at least one bathtub, a tub-to-shower conversion shouldn’t reduce resale value. Of course, it also depends on what a home buyer wants. A 2013 survey conducted by the National Association of Home Builders found that 51 percent of home buyers prefer a master bath with a tub and a shower as opposed to just a shower stall.

Despite that, tub-to-shower conversions continue to be a top bathroom remodel trend, for clearly understandable reasons. Many people, especially seniors or those with mobility issues, rarely use their tubs. For others, a tub simply takes up too much room. By ditching their tubs, they maximize bathroom space for more comfort and storage. Also, because shower stalls are sleeker and available in a plethora of customization options, homeowners can design them to be stunning centerpieces. As for functionality, showers are simply more convenient and efficient; there’s no need to draw a bath – just hop in, wash up, and hop out. For busy homeowners, this time-saving benefit cannot be overstated. 

Is This Bathroom Remodel Right for You?

To decide whether a tub-to-shower conversion is right for you, it’s important to determine how many years you expect to live in your home. If you plan to sell within the next 10 years, getting rid of your tub may lead to fewer potential buyers and lower offers. But if you plan to remain in your home for more than 10 years, the resale value debate is inconsequential, so you should choose the bathroom layout that suits your lifestyle and design preference.

If you’re considering a tub-to-shower conversion as part of your bathroom makeover, Alure Home Improvements can help. As Long Island’s premier full-service remodeler, we install shower spaces with options in sizes, styles, colors, and textures that will revitalize your bathroom. Whether you want a barrier-free stall with grab bars for safe and easy access, or shelves, shower niches and corner caddies for expanded storage, our team can give you the roomy, attractive shower space you envisioned. Contact us today for more information.

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