Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce  (EXP Realty 414-525-0563)

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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

I had a client once ask me this question long before considering putting the house on the market.   There was only one bath in the home and the tub was removed and a large walk-in shower installed -- when it came time to sell, I was a bit concerned but the end product was terrific and there were multiple offers.   Most people prefer having a tub available but it really depends on the property and the buyer pool.     

Nov 14, 2015 11:51 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I live in a tubless home for years. No need for the bath if one accepts it

Nov 14, 2015 11:15 PM
Michele Joyce
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services New England Properties - Newington, CT
Real Estate Agent Serviceing Bristol, Newington CT

I have found that buyers like to have a bath tub in the home.  I personally would suggest to a seller to have at least one tub in the home.


Nov 14, 2015 10:46 PM
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

We can only make decisions for ourselves.  No one knows who the next owner of their home will be nor what they will desire.   Live in your home in the best way for you and your situation.  Life is too short to do otherwise!

Nov 15, 2015 03:46 AM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

That is funny you should ask that question since I did show a few homes yesterday without tubs and the buyers commented that they really do not wish to give up a tub.

I would never recommend it as it narrows the potential buyers at resale.

Nov 15, 2015 12:58 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

If you are thinking about resale, you have to have a tub in one of the bathrooms.

Nov 15, 2015 12:38 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

No I would recommend at least one tub in the house. Not everyone is a shower person and some people have back problems and like to soak it out.

Nov 15, 2015 12:21 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

No . . . BUT in our area which is resort, vacation and retirement . . . homes without tubs are often requested, and we see them a lot more in new builds. I still think that at least one 'full bath' with tub and shower should be in a house. Resale!


Nov 14, 2015 11:30 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

No... NEVER!   You always have to think of resale and, as Debbie Gartner  said, it would reduce resale value by reducing the pool of prospective buyers... families with kids in particular.   It is a mistake not to consider  resale when they are remodeling.

Nov 14, 2015 11:04 PM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

I would think that would reduce resale value and timing.  It definitely cuts you off families w/ kids.  And, of course those who like bathtubs (like moi).  We also used our bathtub (occasionally) for the dog so it also might have an impact for dog owners.

Nov 14, 2015 10:50 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

If it's in a neighborhood catering more to "older" people, yes... they often don't want the hassle of trying to get in and out of a tub. We have a number of 55+ communities that build no tubs in the master bath; secondary bathrooms do have them however.

Nov 15, 2015 08:27 PM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

No, I think there will always be a need for a tub in most houses.

Nov 15, 2015 03:28 PM
Amelia Robinette
NoVa House and Home - Frankly Realty - Falls Church, VA
Education, Innovation, Service

Agree that families w/kids like tubs.

Most houses have more than one bathroom, so converting one to tubless I don't see affecting it's market value. Most 1 bath houses aren't for families, so again, I don't see it being a problem for resale. 


Nov 15, 2015 07:43 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Funny but we were talking about the walk in shower last night at dinner with friends.  I wouldn't recommend excluding a tub because even if someone didn't really use it, they'd view it as something "missing" from the house.  It cold impact resale value. 

Nov 15, 2015 12:20 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I would not recommend it. And we could easily live without a tub, opting for an outdoor jaccuzzi.  A

Nov 14, 2015 11:59 PM
Michael Thacker - Re/Max Real Estate Center - Louisville
Re/Max Real Estate Center - The Thacker Group - Louisville, KY
Your best friend who just happens to be a Realtor

I always suggest trying to keep one, especially if its a home that a family may want to buy someday. Hard to bathe babies in a shower. 

Nov 14, 2015 11:13 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I still suggest homeowners keep one tub, as it is still a feature most buyers in our area are looking for.

Nov 14, 2015 11:08 PM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

Most of the homes here even after a remodel or rehab will have a tub in one of the baths. But to each their own.

Nov 14, 2015 11:06 PM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 Good Monday morning Sally and David. There are those who would still want to take a bath. Let them make their own decision.

Nov 15, 2015 05:21 PM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

I have had people who state that they don't care about a tub Sally & David. 

Nov 15, 2015 12:18 PM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Sally and David - It still amazes me how many people still utilize a tub. As far as our family, we could completely do without a tub.

However, for resale, there should probably at least be one combo shower/tub in the home because of that popularity.

Nov 15, 2015 12:13 PM
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

No tub at all?  No, not having one in the master bath is typically not a bad thing...but no tub at all, would be an issue for most home buyers.

Nov 15, 2015 09:57 AM
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner
Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395 - Mission Viejo, CA
Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395

No, children love bubble baths and many people do love baths. 

Nov 15, 2015 09:28 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I like the big walk in showers, but I do know people who would not rent or buy a home without a tub.

Nov 15, 2015 08:27 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

No...there are many times a tub is needed especially with kids

Nov 15, 2015 08:16 AM
John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate

Don't think I would recommend no tub. That seems to be way down on the list of features, and I'm sure the presence of a tub would never be a deal-breaker.

Nov 15, 2015 07:04 AM
David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential

Sally & David,
Looks like the consensus is to keep the tub and I agree.

Nov 15, 2015 07:04 AM
Toronto, ON

Some people never want or use a tub.  For resale purposes, it can be important.

Nov 15, 2015 06:30 AM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

No, I think homes need bathtubs, I haven't even seen a home without one at all.

Nov 15, 2015 05:27 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

When buyers look at a home with no bathtub, I always here comments about it.  And, even though they never use a tub, they still look at this is a negative.

Nov 15, 2015 04:22 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

No.  You still need at least one bathtub, preferrably in a secondary bathroom, for bathing kids/dogs/etc.

Nov 15, 2015 04:01 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Nine times out of ten my Buyers want at least one bath tub but few say they use them as much as the shower...

Nov 15, 2015 02:23 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I think all homes need at least one bathroom with a tub.... just for resale purposes.... young children need a tub not a walk in shower....or any shower for that matter....

Nov 15, 2015 02:12 AM
Gary Coles (International Referrals)
Venture Realty International - Las Vegas, NV
Latin America Real Estate

No,  I think it is important for future resale and possibly a buyer who does not care about a tub today will decide a few months from now that it was a mistake not to include a tub.

Nov 15, 2015 02:00 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Sally K. & David L. Hanson I believe it would limit the resale to families without children.

Nov 15, 2015 12:47 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

At least one for babies or elders.......

Nov 15, 2015 12:32 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

That would be up to the Buyers...

Nov 14, 2015 10:50 PM
Monika Griffith
Property Stages Group LLC - Leesburg, FL
Home Staging Full Service

As a professional kitchen and bathroom designer and Home Stager, I would recommend, if there is only one bathroom to extend it to have it big enough for a tub and a walk in shower. Walk in showers are certainly highly appreciated, but there is also a need for at least 1 tub in the house. A seller should have this in mind before putting the house  on the market.

With a smart configuration also a small bathroom can be fitted with both.



Nov 21, 2015 05:42 AM
Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

Tubs here are still required.

Nov 16, 2015 11:59 AM
Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro

NO ....There is always at least one family member that wants a tub ....

Nov 16, 2015 08:05 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I am seeing this more often now in new construction. However, marketing usually will dictate a separate tub and shower in larger homes.

Nov 15, 2015 11:27 PM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Should definitely have at least one tub in the house. We have 4 baths, and two have tubs, and three walk in showers.

Nov 15, 2015 10:53 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

No. Many people would like to have a tub.

Nov 15, 2015 08:53 PM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

It's always the buyers choice but I do remind them to think of resale.

Nov 15, 2015 08:35 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Sally. Every home should have at least one tub, has always been what we create when we do a flip, but I don't usually have them in the master.

Nov 15, 2015 04:49 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Sally K. & David L. Hanson surprisingly enough, some buyers look forward to tub! May be for kids and bubble bath?

Nov 15, 2015 03:18 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

It depends on the size of the property. 

Yet, since we have such a busy life styles and CA experiences a severe drought period, a tab requests becomes less and less popular. Ladies want to have it, even if they do not use it. 

Nov 15, 2015 02:39 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I don't make that kind of recommendation.  Other than my own decisions, I have only made suggetions to family.

Nov 15, 2015 02:32 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

It really depends on the buyer's preference.  It's always easy to slip a tub into a large shower space.

Nov 15, 2015 12:58 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Sally K. & David L. Hanson Very good helpful question.

Nov 15, 2015 12:48 PM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Not around here, and not yet, but maybe sometime in the not too distent future. 

Nov 15, 2015 11:06 AM
Melissa Jackson REALTOR
Trinity Premier Properties - Azle, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

Definitely not.

We built a small cabin on a canal. Just the two of us. Big tile shower. Was fine at the time.  

A friend build their own home and did not think they would miss a bath tub. So wrong! She would love a bubble bath and now with grand babies she has no tub.  

Resale value is another reason I would suggest at least one bathtub in the house. 

Nov 15, 2015 08:05 AM
Mike Rock
Complete Design - Granite Bay, CA
Granite Bay Luxury New Construction...For Less

no, not really, but the Japanese soaking tubs are wonderful for soaking the muscles.. depends on if it is their last home or any chance of resale

Nov 15, 2015 03:08 AM