Would you buy a house without a bath?

(81 Posts)
MmeLindor Tue 05-Mar-13 00:18:18

Renovating the bathroom and there isn't room for a separate shower. The previous owner already took the bath out and we hardly ever had baths before we moved in here anyway, so thinking of replacing with large walk in shower.

I read that if we put in a shower in the same size as a bath, then it would be fairly simple to take it out and put a bath in, if we were to sell the house.

It would be in a corner like this

Would lack of bath put you off buying?

RichManPoorManBeggarmanThief Tue 05-Mar-13 08:21:48

What red said. If you're there for the long term, then your love of a walk in shower (and over bath showers are just not the same) trumps the cost of just sticking a bath in when you come to sell. It's not as though you're removing an existing bath to put a shower in. The plumbing will all be there

If you're planning to move in, say, 2 years, then I'd probably put a bath in

ILikeBirds Tue 05-Mar-13 08:50:03

It wouldn't put me off. I'd prefer a bath and shower but it's not a deciding factor.

I'm surprised so many people view it as a dealbreaker when the cost of installing a bath is peanuts compared to the price of the average house.

drownangels Tue 05-Mar-13 09:41:22

It's not only the cost of buying and installing a bath, its all the other faff of buying new suite, re tiling etc. It would have to be a die for house and nothing else comes close before I would consider it.

OneLittleToddleTerror Tue 05-Mar-13 09:48:40

I would atm because I have a toddler. But once the toddler is old enough for a shower, I don't see I'll ever use the bath again. Since as far as I can remember, I have always have showers. (We have baths in our houses always though). I hate baths. So does my DH. I don't see any use of it except for bathing young children.

On the other hand, a friend of mine uses a baby tub to bath her toddler in the shower. So maybe even if I have a house without a bath, I wouldn't spend the money redoing the bathroom to put a bath in.

OneLittleToddleTerror Tue 05-Mar-13 09:51:19

And showers over bath is no substitute for a proper walk in shower.

It would not put me off.

I did a self build a few years ago, and put in two bathrooms, a small one with a corner shower. A huge bathroom, with another shower..... grin I guess it is possible to add a bath where I put my second bathroom worktop unit with cupboards for storing underwear, towels, pjs, etc. STORAGE is essential for me, not a bath tub. (I must admit I was considering putting a jacuzzi in, but then decided that I found storage much more attractive in a bathroom!)

I think, however, if we ever do a loft extension then en suite will have a bath....

MoreBeta Tue 05-Mar-13 10:01:31

It is OK to have a flat with just a shower as long as it is very impressive one but a house always needs one bath. Its what people expect and I say that ss someone who has not had a bath in 10 years..... although showered daily obviously.

WowOoo Tue 05-Mar-13 10:05:40

I wouldn't buy a house without a bath now that I have dc and I like a bath every now and again- especially if I'm achy from overdoing exercise.

My first flat had no bath and it was OK, but I was young ish, single and child free then.

If it's a 1 or 2 bed, maybe. But a family home, no.

jennybeadle Tue 05-Mar-13 10:10:17

I'm not sure if you can get them in this country, but how about one of those American style ultra shallow baths (good for toddlers, but essentially a deep shower tray).

It would be a walk in shower for me. We recently replaced the bath in the main bathroom with a MASSIVE walk in shower, and it is absolutely fabulous. The DDs are older though, and a big shower is better. Also, we still have a bath elsewhere in the house.

Londonderrysue Tue 05-Mar-13 10:17:25

Wouldn't bother me. I've just taken the bath out in my bathroom and replaced it with a walk in shower as I never used the bath. Having just had abdo surgery the walk in shower was so much easier.

Would be simple for anyone wanting a bath to take the shower cubicle out and to fit one, would take a day at most and cost very little.

dawntigga Tue 05-Mar-13 10:18:48

Baths affect resale and you will put off potential buyers if you do. It's weird but true.

I'dBuyAHouseWithoutABathButI'mOddTiggaxx

MmeLindor Tue 05-Mar-13 10:19:53

Lots of great feedback, most of it negative. Crap wink

We are doing the house to live in for at least until the kids are out of high school. Since DS is only 8yo, I'm hopeful that (barring unforeseen job moves) we should be here 10y or more.

The whole house is being renovated to a v high standard so hoping that would be enough to make up for the lack of bath.

Houses in the area are selling well atm, they are good FTB family homes - but of course they are the buyers who'd want a bath.

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ILikeBirds Tue 05-Mar-13 10:27:11

10 years or more and I'd go with what you want. Especially if you can place a large shower in a position where you can swap it easily for a bath. You could always do it yourself before selling if you thought it was going to be an issue.

I think it's becoming more common than it was to get rid of the bath completely. Shower only can suit those with mobility issues too. Bath obsession is a v. British thing. None of my Danish relatives/friends have baths.

LadyIsabellaWrotham Tue 05-Mar-13 10:30:10

Oh if you're going to live in it for 10 whole years then get a walk in shower, defo. It's too much of a compromise to make for that length of time to satisfy the hypothetical buyers of 2023. If necessary you can do the change yourself before selling. Apart from anything else there's sure a fair chance that you might need to do plumbing work within 10 years anyway.

magimedi Tue 05-Mar-13 10:31:02

I never bath & once tried selling a house without a bath & ended up having to reinstate the bath. A real pain.

But if you think you are staying for ten years I'd go with what you want & maybe put a bath in when you come to sell. Not a vastly expensive thing to do, you could even start saving for it now.

wfrances Tue 05-Mar-13 10:32:31

no, babies/small children need baths .
too much hassle to change when you want to sell.

ILikeBirds Tue 05-Mar-13 10:36:28

Judging by facebook photos most of my friends bath babies in the kitchen sink even though they have a bath

NichyNoo Tue 05-Mar-13 10:39:05

We bought an apartment with a big shower and no bath....was great whilst we were young, party animals but as soon as DS1 was born and now DS2 we definitely need a bath. DS1 is 2.5 years old and still washed in a baby bath every night....he does sometimes have showers with mummy or daddy but we would love a bath.

Yes, I hate baths.
I live in a HA property but my bathroom is getting re-fitted to make it suitable for my illness and will only have a shower. I'm not remotely bothered by losing the bath, and nor is DD.

orangepudding Tue 05-Mar-13 10:43:30

As you are going to be there 10 years get the walk in shower. If you were only planning to be there a couple of years then a bath would be better for resale.

OneLittleToddleTerror Tue 05-Mar-13 11:05:57

I think I agree with others who say since you have 10 years, then just get what you want now. In 10 years, your bathroom will be like those lime green suites. People will want to redo it anyway.

TooMuchRain Tue 05-Mar-13 11:10:13

It would put me off but it will need a new bathroom in 10 years anyway so I don't see a problem for you

MmeLindor Tue 05-Mar-13 14:25:48

lol at the lime green suites - my mum still has her lovely green cloakroom

Netto
How you doing? We need a new XF thread so we can catch up

Thanks all, will have a chat with DH about it. I got my choice for the floor tiles, so no idea how this will pan out

KindleMum Tue 05-Mar-13 14:46:17

The important thing for me would be that there is room for a bath. I'd expect to negotiate price to reflect having to redo the bathroom. If there's no room for a bath I wouldn't buy.

But I think you should view your house as your home, not just an investment, and live in it how you want. Have the shower and accept that when you come to sell you might have to install a bath. Or you might not.

fussychica Tue 05-Mar-13 16:01:51

Probably depends on the type of house as to whether it would put buyers off - family house people like baths for kids.
We live in a bungalow which had already had the bath out and a shower cubicle put in, we've just ripped it out and put in one almost identical to your pic (lovely & pretty good price) as we feel the cubicle is very restrictive. It therefore wouldn't put me off at all and I think our main market, should we sell, will be older folk who like to just walk into a shower - it's what most of the bungalows have around here.

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