May. 4 2023

Remodeling Your Seattle Bathroom? Don't Let Resale Value Stop You from Ditching the Tub

by Bennett Bottorff

You may be wondering whether you should remove your bathtub during a home renovation project and if it will negatively impact your home's value when you go to resell it. This is a crucial question since installing a tub can significantly affect your bathroom's functionality and aesthetic. As a home renovation company specializing in kitchen and bathroom remodels in Seattle, this question is often asked. Here are some factors we think are most important to consider before making a decision:

Resale Value

Real estate experts suggest having at least one bathtub for the highest resale value. According to a 2021 study by the National Association of Home Builders, over 50% of home buyers prefer at least one full bathroom to be located on the home's main level. So not only is a bathtub a potential selling point, but having a full bath on the main level could also make your home more appealing to a wider range of buyers. Local Seattle real estate agent Adam Hestad, with Compass, suggests “that having a full bath in the home could eliminate a potential buyer, but an older bath that hasn't been updated could also turn off potential buyers. If you plan to sell your home in the future, installing a tub could increase the resale value of your home. However, it's important to note that installing a tub doesn't necessarily guarantee a higher resale value, especially if it's not in line with the rest of the home's style and features."

The Shower-Only Bathroom


The trend has shifted towards maximizing space and functionality. People want to transform their tub space into a luxury walk-in shower or add more practical elements like a linen closet cabinet to their bathroom. And with this trend comes the rise of the luxurious custom shower! No longer just a cramped corner of the bathroom, people are expanding their stall showers to create a spa-like experience. Need some tips on how to make your shower a true indulgence? Incorporate one or all of these ideas to create a truly luxury Shower-Only Bathroom.

  • Custom, floor-to-ceiling tile
  • Built-in seating
  • Multiple showerheads, with one handheld
  • Steam shower for a spa effect
  • Frameless glass doors or no enclosure 
  • Heating Bathroom & Shower Floors

Is Safety Becoming an Issue?


Low-threshold showers could be a great option if safety becomes an issue. These showers create a sleek, spacious look in your bathroom and eliminate the risk of a tumble in the slippery tub. An ADA shower can also help prevent dangerous situations, especially for those with mobility restrictions.

Alternatively, if you have young children or pets that you need to bathe, a shower with a handheld showerhead might be a more convenient choice. An added benefit to using a handheld showerhead is that it helps get your kids more comfortable taking showers and one step closer to them washing themselves.

Do You Need More Space?


If you're tired of seeing your bathtub gather dust or act as a storage unit for your cleaning supplies, it's time to give that forgotten nook a new purpose! With a little creativity, you can transform your bathtub into a functional and stylish feature in your home.

Would you happen to have time?

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If you don't have time to soak in a bathtub, jumping in the shower means something other than sacrificing luxury. With some amazing bathroom remodel ideas, you can turn your shower into a spa-like oasis that's both efficient and oh-so-relaxing.

Is One Tub Enough?

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If you have a tub in your guest bathroom or other bathrooms in the home, having a bathtub in at least one bathroom may be wise for resale value. Parents with small children who may be looking at your home will prefer a tub in at least one bathroom.

Is It Worth the Extra Cost?

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Installing a tub can be expensive, especially if you opt for a freestanding or whirlpool tub. Be sure to consider your budget before making a decision. If a tub is outside your budget, there are plenty of other ways to upgrade your bathroom, such as installing a new vanity or adding new tile.

In conclusion, whether or not to install a tub in your bathroom is a personal decision that depends on your needs and preferences. It is important to consider factors such as usage, space, resale value, accessibility, and budget. Ultimately, the decision should be based on what works best for you and your family's current and future needs.

At Innovative Home Renovation, we are here for all your bathroom remodeling needs in Northeast Seattle. Whether you want to keep that tub, upgrade your bathroom, or tear it out and create a luxurious new shower, we can help you with your remodeling needs.

There's no such thing as too many questions.

Choosing a remodeling contractor is a big commitment, and we consider it an honor to work in your home and bring your vision to life. If you're planning a kitchen and/or bathroom remodel in the Northeast Seattle area, contact us for a complimentary discovery call!

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