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    Default Do I need a bath?

    Finally we are about to replace our 1970s vintage bathroom. Space is limited, so we are considering not putting a bath back in. We only have one bathroom.

    DD is 5 and usually has a shower, though occasionally the bath is handy. DH and I never use the bath because it is too small.

    I’m mainly thinking from a resale point of view, does it put buyers off not having a bath or does it not matter?

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    Personally I wouldn’t buy a 1 bathroom place without a bath but only because my children are young.
    How long do you plan to stay there for? If long term do what suits your family. If short term id put a bath in. Would put people off if newly renovated and they then if they wanted to redo bathroom to add a bath.

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    DH is a real estate agent and he said a place with no bath is a turn off for families with young kids

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    I’d prefer a bath in a house but would choose a bathroom with a large shower and no bath over a small shower and bath all crammed in. If space is limited I’d stick to a really big luxury shower.

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    I personally wouldn't buy a house without a bath. Even without considering young kids I still use the bath myself, to wash dogs, and I've even used ours a few times to soak large items.

    Minor note, but my sister's house doesn't have a bath so that rules out some lovely gift ideas for her and my nieces, so I find that a bit of a pain. It also means DD1 isn't comfortable having sleepovers there because she's not keen on the shower.

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    Personally I would prefer a bath, even a small one, over no bath especially in a 1 bathroom house.

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    We live on a farm and don’t have a bath. Even if we did have one I wouldn’t use it because we’re on tank water.
    When DS was born we lived in an apartment with my now exH and it was fine. As someone above said if space was tight I’d rather see a decent size shower than everything crammed in. Oh and I loath those ‘shower over bathtub’ things. Atrocious.

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    Default Do I need a bath?

    We weren’t going to buy our current place as it didn’t have a bath, but the location and price swayed us to compromise. The real estate agent admitted the lack of bath was a huge turn off to most potential buyers. In fact, when we were looking through and said “it looks great BUT ummm, we’re not sure... “ he said “is it because there’s no bath?”

    We tried to have one installed before moving in but nobody wanted the job without wanting to do a complete bathroom renovation (not needed as it was a fairly new place, elderly lady did not install a bath when building due to risk of falls and opted for a double sized shower) so we decided to wait until we completely redo our bathroom down the track.

    We miss it dreadfully. You don’t realise how much you need a bath until it’s gone. Even without young kids, there’s nothing worse than not having a bath when you are sick or fatigued and unable to stand. If you develop a skin condition or injury which requires soaking it also makes it hard. And I find your feet get filthy without a good soaking!

    Personally, it’s your choice, but if there’s not a space/financial reason to not install one, I definitely would recommend getting one.

    Eta: it’s much harder to keep a double sized shower clean compared to a bath/shower. More grout, more soap scum, more shower screen to clean. Something else to consider.
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    I would much prefer a nice large shower over a bath.
    My children shower 95% of the time so we wouldn’t miss not having a bath.

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    Our house is a bit weird and the bath is in the ensuite! It's the size of a normal bathroom, so space isn't an issue, but I hated it when the kids were still having baths as there was always water on the floor. The other bathroom could have fit a bath instead if it was planned better. There's a lot of wasted space due to the position of the shower, basin and a stupidly large window.
    Could you fit one in by completely changing the layout? I think the PP's saying it will affect resale are right. I know when my kids were younger, I wouldn't have have moved to a place without one. Now it wouldn't bother me so much, but not having one could cut a chunk of potential buyers out.
    Like a PP, I hate shower over baths too, but what about one of those or a Roman style?


 

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