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Reasons to Consider a Shower Conversion

Many homeowners decide to tackle a bathtub-to-shower conversion as their family gets older and they no longer need a bathtub. A walk-in shower with bench sounds great but is it worth the cost? Will it impact your property value? Here are some things to consider.

There are many reasons why you would want to remove your old tub and install a brand new shower. First off, you can experience an excellent return on investment (ROI). According to Zillow, bathroom improvements give the greatest ROI, offering a $1.71 increase in value for each dollar spent.

The biggest reasons homeowners are choosing to do bathtub-to-shower conversions are lifestyle-related. Here are some benefits:

  • Walk-in showers provide easier access. This is great for an older adult who may have a hard time getting into and out of a tub.
  • Showers free up space and make your bathroom look larger. Even small bathrooms can appear more spacious with a shower rather than a tub.
  • Showers are more eco-friendly. Showers use less water than full tubs of water, reducing your water usage and impact on the environment.

The Resale Factor: Bathtub-to-Shower Conversion

This is one of the first questions homeowners ask themselves before tub removal. Real estate agents will tell you that as long you have another bath tub elsewhere in the home, converting to a shower shouldn’t harm your resale value.

However, if this is your only full bath, and you are taking away the only tub in the house, this could indeed impact the resale value if you were to sell in the future. That being said, it’s all about what the buyers want. If your home is located in an older community, say 55+, the lack of a tub may not be that big of a deal.

But if you live in new community filled with young families, it’s beneficial to keep at least one bathtub in the home to boost resale values. Most growing families want a tub for their kids, as it makes bathing much easier. It’s important to research the demographics of your neighborhood before you make a permanent change.

If you don’t plan on ever moving, and it makes you happy to have a shower instead of a tub, then by all means – go ahead and do the renovation!

Cost of Tub Replacement

How much your bathtub-to-shower conversion will cost you will depend on these factors. Consider that:

  • The plumbing system and drains will have to be re-configured.
  • The style of shower you’re adding will impact cost. Installing a walk-in shower with insets and a bench will cost more than installing a standard shower stall.
  • Choosing high-end materials, such as luxury fixtures and natural stone, will increase your price tag.

Contact L&P Plumbing

If you want a shower-to-tub conversion for your Austin TX home this year, look no further than the pros at L&P Plumbing. Schedule your appointment when you contact us today.