Q. We plan to sell our home in about five years when we retire. But we want to work on improving our master bathroom now, for resale value down the road. Our old, outdated tub with a plastic shower curtain needs to go. What is the going trend and a good resale move? Should we install a larger “shower only” stall or should we stay with a traditional bathtub with a shower?
A. First, good move on doing the bathroom remodeling job now so you get to enjoy to enjoy your investment before you sell. In the past I’ve done a number of remodel jobs for customers just before they sold the house. All the money they put into their home was enjoyed by someone else. You may want to go with a current trend called “universal design” for your bathroom. Bathrooms designed according to this approach usually include a larger shower stall in place of a bathtub. This can make for a more comfortable shower experience for people of all ages and abilities because there’s no tub wall to step over. As long as you have another bathroom in the home with a bathtub, the universal design shower stall can be of more use to you and may help your resale value as well.
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