Would you buy a house without a bath?

(81 Posts)
MmeLindor Germany 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?

BOF Tue 05-Mar-13 00:21:25

Yes, it would definitely put me off. Daft, maybe, as it isn't a mega-expensive thing to change, but it's a hassle, and I would want to change it.

fortyplus Tue 05-Mar-13 00:22:49

I wouldn't buy a house without a bath

BOF Tue 05-Mar-13 00:22:51

Can't you put an over-bath shower in?

MmeLindor Germany Tue 05-Mar-13 00:35:19

Could do, BOF. But I'm not keen on them.

(Almost forgot the comma in that first sentence, which would have changed the meaning slightly)

EmpireBiscuit Tue 05-Mar-13 00:42:06

We did and the bathroom was changed within months - it was an expensive hassle. It would need to be a really special house for me to ever consider doing it again!

Monty27 Tue 05-Mar-13 00:42:40

No, I wouldn't, don't have a bath often myself (shower every day) but I like to have a bath when I want one. also selling a property on without a bath could be problematic.

Goodwordguide Tue 05-Mar-13 06:59:01

We lived in a flat without a bath - hated it and wouldn't consider it with children. Would definitely do a shower over a bath.

RollingThunder Tue 05-Mar-13 07:03:58

They say bathrooms and kitchens sell houses, it would have to be a really special house for me to buy it knowing I had to change the whole bathroom around!

marinaaquamarina Tue 05-Mar-13 07:04:30

Bought a house which had only a shower and put a bath in within 3 months.

Lack of a bath wouldn't stop me buying a house at right price in right area - as long as a bath could be put in - if it couldn't I wouldn't buy.

Why create a problem and work for your future buyer?

A bath is psychologically essential for the peace of the British consciousnesswink

Bajas Tue 05-Mar-13 07:07:10

I wouldn't buy a house without a bath but you're the one who has to live in the house- if you're planning on moving in the next couple of years I'd put in a shower over a bath. If planning on staying a long time I'd forget about possible buyers and do what suits you.

Chocaholics Tue 05-Mar-13 07:07:16

I hate baths and love showers so wouldn't bother me in the slightest. I would have happily got rid of the bath in my house but DH loves baths so wouldn't. Personally it wouldn't stop me buying a house but guess it depends on if you're a bath or shower person?

DancingInTheMoonlight Tue 05-Mar-13 07:07:18

I bought a house without a bath. Still don't have one. Its a pain sometimes when i want a soak but actually i found it really easy with my ds who was born after we moved.

When he was little i held him in the shower (he loved the feel of the shower on him and would often have a bf in the shower). As he got older he liked to sit in the shower tray, play and at 2 he showers himself with the shower head while sitting in the tray.

Barbeasty Tue 05-Mar-13 07:11:46

We didn't have a bath in our old house and it didn't bother us. It was also the least of our worries selling (nobody mentioned it).

But photos where our buyers are now selling show that they have taken out the shower and put in a bath.

I think we'd need a bath now, as it's just so much easier with children. If you'd be selling as a "family home" you might want one.

If you're planning to stay there for a while then I'd do what you want. If you come to sell and people won't buy it because of the lack of bath then you could put one in then. After all, it sounds as though you bought the house without a bath.

FamiliesShareGerms Tue 05-Mar-13 07:16:14

While the children are small, a bath is essential for us. When they're bigger, who knows?

I think maybe "no bath" associated with a teeny bathroom, which in itself might be a reason people are put off

perplexedpirate Tue 05-Mar-13 07:39:04

Don't do it, don't do it! I miss my bath sooooo much. When we eventually manage to move a bath is an absolute deal breaker and using it will be the first thing I do. Possibly before the previous owners leave...

After coming from a place with a bath to now living somewhere that only has a shower I would never buy anywhere without a bath, I miss it soooo much!

Ilovexmastime Tue 05-Mar-13 07:43:36

If it was my perfect house then it wouldn't bother me that much. However, I'd be happier if I didn't have to put in a bath after we'd moved.

Pourquoimoi Tue 05-Mar-13 07:53:25

It would put me off. If it was a dream house with money left in the budget to re-do the bathroom I'd consider it but otherwise it would be a real negative.

As others say, if you're staying then do it to please you though.

LadyIsabellaWrotham Belgium Tue 05-Mar-13 08:03:46

If we bought it we'd probably have to live without a bath for some weeks while we ordered the kit and sorted out the plumbers, and then live without any bathroom at all for a few days while they fitted it.

The house would need to offer something special to offset that.

msrisotto Tue 05-Mar-13 08:07:53

I wouldn#t want top live in a house without a bath so if you were selling, it'd have to be cheap enough to reflect that i'm going to have to redo the bathroom.

EverythingInMjiniature Tue 05-Mar-13 08:09:39

What would you do if you broke your leg? It would put me off too, particularly with small children.

redandwhitesprinkles Tue 05-Mar-13 08:11:13

It would put me off and I would negotiate hard to reduce the price as I would have to replace the whole bathroom. If I loved the house I would still buy.

We have a separate shower and are going back to shower over bath as easier to clean and feels more spacious.

If you are not selling for 10 years then do what suits your needs. If you intend to sell relatively soon then put in a bath.

noisytoys Tue 05-Mar-13 08:14:34

One of my must haves (even looking at 1/2 bed flats) was a bath. No bath would be a deal breaker. Especially as no bath often looks like no room for a bath, even if there is room

drownangels Tue 05-Mar-13 08:17:25

I wouldn't buy without a bath unless the house was a going to be gutted and started again (and I'm not going through that again!)

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