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Can You Sell A Home Without A Tub

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Received this message from Laura before today's show:

 

''I have a topic I would love to hear you speak

about on your next radio show.
I have heard you can't sell a home without a bathtub.

I am not ready to sell, anyway, but I only have one bathroom. I would love to put in a shower stall. But if I get rid of the bathtub, will that hurt the resale price in the long run?''

 

 

Since Laura left a phone number, it was easy to get right back to her.  Laura lives in a small 2 bedroom one bath condo and she really wants a walk-in shower.

Some of the questions asked:

How long have you lived there? How long do you plan to stay?

Will the condo allow you to make this change? How much will it cost to have a full shower?

 

Some people would not purchase a home without a bathtub. And some classic clients won't consider a home without a walk-in shower. You cannot please everyone.

 

 If you really like the condo and are planning to be there for the next five years, go ahead and add the walk-in shower

and enjoy it!

 

Margaret Rome

 

 

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Interesting topic Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 and it does come up a lot. Most families want the tub. Bachelors are ok with the shower. Dog owners like the tub. Choices in life are nice. Jeff 

Posted by Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI, Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell (HomeSmart Real Estate) 4 months ago

Morning Margaret.

For me, I prefer a shower.  Haven't taken a tub bath in a long, long time.

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) 4 months ago

Tub or no tub, how can you market in a way that attracts the right buyer? Thanks for the fun exercise, Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400.

Posted by Realtyna Inc, Realtyna- MLS RETS Integration software & services (Realtyna) 4 months ago

Good morning, Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 I have a walk in shower that fits the whole 'hood!!!

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired ) 4 months ago

James Dray Many of us do prefer showers.

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 4 months ago

Realtyna Inc Thanks for stopping by.

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 4 months ago

Barbara Todaro Now that sounds like a lot of fun!

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 4 months ago

Hi Margaret,
This is a good question and a dilemma. Like you, if someone plans to be in their home for many more years, I believe they should make their homes suit their wants and needs... not some hypothetical future buyer.  If they're going to be there for several years the bathroom will probably need to be remodeled anyway by selling time.

That said, I did sell one home in my 30 years with no tub.  It sold fairly quickly to someone who didn't want or need a tub.

Posted by Carol Williams, Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager (Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals.) 4 months ago

GooD advice Margaret!  In my market a 2 bedroom condo and a walk in shower would sell fast - no tub needed. 

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten Arizona's Top Banana!, 602-380-4886 (HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000) 4 months ago

I've seen many homes sell without a tub.  It's usually those without a shower that may take a little more effort.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 4 months ago

Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 - There are parts of Dallas where newer homes were built without tubs and one big shower. Houses sell very quickly. I've sold several with no problem.

Every area is different. You are always the best and you give the best advice to all your clients because you listen, and you really, really care. 

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) 4 months ago

Good advice. I'm not much of a tub person, would rather  have a large roomy shower, but as you mention, there are "tub" people. I have had buyers refuse a home strictly because it didn't have a tub. 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) 3 months ago

Carol Williams And sometimes it what you don't have is what they want. Tub people and shower people have their own specific preferences.

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 3 months ago

Anna Banana Kruchten Arizona's Top Banana! I have had both. Ones with a tub, the buyer wanted a shower and vice versa.

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 3 months ago

Myrl Jeffcoat Usually with a tub, you can add a shower or mount a wall arm sprayer.

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 3 months ago

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP I always appreciate your kind words and comments.

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 3 months ago

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD  A family wants/needs a tub, especially with small children.

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 3 months ago

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