Walk-in Shower vs. Bathtub Resale Value

Are you ready to take on a bathroom renovation? A bathroom renovation is a monumental, but worthwhile, project for many homeowners. But where do you start? Many homeowners begin by making the choice between a walk-in shower and a bathtub. Between the two options, consider which will have the biggest impact on your home’s resale value. Read on to learn more about how this choice will affect your bathrooms use and resale value.

What’s the Better Choice: Walk-in Shower or Bathtub?

When deciding which direction your bathroom renovation will go, the first two determining factors (even above the question of resale value) are available space and budget. If you have the space and the money to add both, that’s the ideal choice. Having a bathtub and a walk-in shower creates a complete bathroom suite, which is the most appealing setup for potential buyers. For context, having a full five-piece bathroom – double sink, walk-in shower, bathtub and toilet – significantly increases your home’s value.

Bathroom Updates for Resale Value

In general, removing a tub and installing a well-appointed walk-in shower also increases the value of a home. That being said, if you have to choose between a bathtub and a walk-in shower, and most of us do, it’s important to consider if you have another tub.

Removing your only tub to install a walk-in shower can make your home’s value take a hit because most prospective homebuyers, especially families with small kids, want at least one bathtub. Outside of this scenario, most bathroom renovations that enhance the look, feel and functionality of your bathroom add value to your home.

Style and Finish Matters

This is especially true when you have the work done professionally with the high-end materials like quality tile and beautiful fixtures. Bathrooms and kitchens sell homes. And style choices and quality, high-end finishes (no matter the size or configuration) are important to potential buyers.

Other Bathroom Remodel Considerations

Once you’ve decided between a bathtub and a walk-in shower (or both!), consider these factors:

  • Safety – if your home is older, it’s possible you have broken tiles or flooring that’s not up to par, or even a bathtub or shower that’s become slippery and hazardous.
  • Plumbing needs repair or updates – old plumbing wears out over time, and a bathroom renovation is a perfect time to get it updated.
  • Efficiency – energy and water conservation are more important than ever. A bathroom remodel is a great time to upgrade your sinks, toilets and lighting to save water and energy.
  • Storage – if you’re short on storage space, remodeling the bathroom allows you to incorporate additional storage.


Choose Glass Doctor for Custom Shower Doors, Bath Enclosures and More

Hiring the right team goes a long way toward making your renovation a positive experience that pays off down the road. When you choose your local Glass Doctor®, you’re choosing professional designers and installers dedicated to helping you realize your vision. We can create and install the best enclosure for your walk-in shower or shower-bathtub combination to create the look and feel you’ve been dreaming of.

For upfront pricing and guaranteed workmanship, schedule an appointment online or call (833) 365-2927 to get started.  

Continue your luxury shower renovation with a new showerhead. Check out these tips from Mr. Rooter® for swapping out your existing showerhead.

Learn more about the pros and cons of showers and tubs from our friends at Mr. Handyman. Like Glass Doctor, Mr. Handyman is a part of the Neighborly® community of trusted home services brands.