Is a house without a bathtub hard to sell?


Potential clients consider every room in the house with the utmost attention to detail. Bathrooms, like any other room, attract great scrutiny and specification. So, is a house without a bathtub hard to sell?

Bathtubs have over the years undergone a series of transformation from the ’80s to today. Homeowners have favored them for their versatility with some featuring multiple jets for an even more luxurious setting and others maintaining the basic rectangular shape we are used to.

Not having a bathtub may affect property marketing which means it will extend the time the house is up for sale. This lowers the demand and affects how much clients are willing to pay for it. 

Selling a house without a bathtub

It’s not all doom and gloom for homeowners who want to sell their house without a bathtub. With a high-quality shower with good rainfall, any client will be more than satisfied.

Some bathrooms are too small to fit in a bathtub and in these cases, a good showerhead with multiple controls and rainfall effects offers users a personalized experience they will appreciate.

Homeowners and clients who keep in mind the cost per use of any added feature to a house place emphasis on the economic factors around a house. One without a bathtub is simply easier to manage and lowers the chances of serious bathroom accidents.

If your clients are sticklers for a house with a bathtub but they already love all other aspects of the house without one, you could offer them some credit towards purchasing and installing one if it helps to seal the deal.

Table Showing Average Cost of Conversion From Bathtub To Shower

Costs of material and installation
Remove tub
$50 – $100
Clear debris
$100 – $200
$300 – $800
Shower stall
$700 – $1,600
Custom Shower
$1,000 – $3,000
Shower Door
$600 – $1,350
Plumbing and faucets
$650 – $2,500

Why would anyone not want a bathtub in their house?

While they present several reasonable benefits in convenience, practicability, and luxury, bathtubs do have their caveats which sellers and buyers need to be aware of.

One of the biggest con to having a bathtub in a house is how difficult it is to get in or out of one because they do not come with bar grips for support. However, there is a quick fix to this that is achieved by simply adding some supportive bars to help out the elderly or young children.

The time it takes to fill a deep bathtub may put down the excitement of most homeowners and they may not use it as much as they expected to. Also, some tubs present health hazards because they may have piping systems that are hard to clean.

Another possible con that owners may not consider initially is the design of the tub itself going out of style in a few years or it lacking large enough rims for placing essential bath supplies.

Lastly and most importantly is that trends are leaning in towards the shower-only houses because they offer more time, space, and water conservation.

What to consider when selling a house without a bathtub

The most important thing to consider as a seller is your target market. 

Some luxury clients want a bathtub because they cannot imagine spending their relaxing weekends any other way than by enjoying a warm soak in the tub.

Others have young children or pets and they would appreciate a tub because of its convenience and safety in use at bath time.

Another breed of clients will not think twice about the bathtub because they run very busy lives and they know they will rarely if ever get a chance to use it.

Whatever their reasons are, a house without a bathtub will appeal to some and not others.

However, most home appraisers will advise homeowners who intend to sell their house to consider installing a bathtub if they don’t already have one to help the sale go more smoothly or to widen the net of buyers.

Bathtubs are classified as extra amenities that may attract a larger buyer pool and help seal the deal more quickly. It is beneficial for a house to have at least one bathtub or a tub-shower combination because you are not only selling the house but a lifestyle experience.

Adding a Bathtub to boost sales 

If you have a house you are trying to sell and you know that installing a bathtub will boost sales, you should go for it. 

Depending on your budget and what type of bathtub you are aiming for, it will set you back a couple of hundred dollars.

A standard acrylic model bathtub that measures 60 x 32 x 15 inches will cost you approximately $700. Adding to the cost is the drain and faucet which can add another $450.

Depending on how much space you have to work with, the tub may need to double as a shower. So, to incorporate this factor, you need to have a frameless, glass shower fortified in chrome which will increase costs by about $500.

That’s not all as you need to add a rough 700 dollars to cater for the installation costs that may call for some bathroom redesigning.

This is based on what materials are in the bathroom, how much of it needs to be moved around, changes in plumbing, and holes that must be drilled for faucets and levers.


Selling a house without a bathtub is not impossible but it certainly could make it a lot harder to do so. Considering the demographic of the buyers, having a bathtub in the house could either be negotiable, non-negotiable, or a non-issue. Thankfully, there are tons of modification options available and that you can conveniently apply to such a house at a price to boost sales.


Can you bathe a child without a bathtub?

Yes, you can. Depending on the child’s age, you could use the kitchen or laundry sink for babies and infants. If they are older, around toddler age, you can train them to get used to the shower by enjoying shower time together.

How do I increase the value of my shower-only house?

Turn it into a walk-in shower. Remodeling a shower-only bathroom is more affordable and many options are available compared to installing a bathtub to attract more buyers.


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