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Will the Value of My House Go Down if I Get Rid of My Bathtub?

One question we get asked a lot is whether a tub to shower conversion will negatively affect the future resale value of a home. Do homeowners need a bathtub in their home to capitalize on their renovation investment, or is a luxury shower adequate? When do the homeowners’ preferences and need for convenience outweigh considerations of the future sale price? Read on for information that will help you determine whether a bathtub to shower remodel is in your best interest.

Why Are Homeowners Getting Rid of Their Bathtubs?

Installing a large shower instead of a bathtub is more popular than ever, but why? Many homeowners never use their bathtubs, and see it as wasted space. When designing their remodel, they opt instead for a spa shower with multiple shower heads, built-in seats, and luxurious finishes – something that’s both functional and beautiful. A bathtub to shower remodel may be preferable in the present, but what about the future?

Shower vs. Bathtub Resale Value

If you’re concerned about renovations affecting the future resale value of your home, you’ve probably asked yourself: Do I need a bathtub in my house? The answer to that question depends largely on who you ask, and on a few key factors. Real estate professionals typically suggest that homeowners have at least one bathtub in the home for the highest resale value: a 2013 study by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) found that 51 percent of home buyers prefer a master bath with a bathtub and a shower as opposed to just a shower stall.

Real estate professionals agree that bathtubs are attractive to homeowners with children (and even those with pets). If your home has at least one bathtub when it’s time to sell you will likely attract a larger group of prospective buyers, which could net you a larger profit. Moreover, having a bathtub may help your future home listings because bathrooms with just a shower are usually listed as three-quarter baths while those with a bathtub and shower are classified as full baths.

Despite these real estate suggestions, homeowners continue to opt for large walk-in showers over bathtubs. A 2015 survey of 1,000 bathroom remodelers found that ditching the traditional bathtub was one of the biggest bathroom remodel trends of 2015.


Making the decision to replace your bathtub with a shower can be tricky. It’s important to determine how many years you expect to live in your house, and weigh whether the bathtub to shower remodel will fit your future lifestyle. If you plan to sell within the next 5-10 years, getting rid of your tub may shrink your potential buyer pool, and lead to lower offers. But if you plan to remain in your home for more than 10-15 years, the shower vs. bathtub resale value debate is of little to no consequence and you should opt for the bathroom design that works best fits your needs.

If you’re ready to remodel and would like to discuss a tub to shower conversion or you have questions about the process, contact Devine Bath today to schedule a free in-home consultation.

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