You may have already read my post about the house upgrades that get you the best return on your investment, but a lot of people still don’t consider the long term financial affects of a home upgrade.
You’d be surprised how many times I’ve heard someone insist that they remove the only bathtub from their home during a remodel because the never take a bath. My first question is always this.
Are you planning on living here forever?
If the answer is no, then why would you want to remove the only bathtub in the house, essentially lowering the value of your home and making it harder to sell. If the answer is yes, my next question is this.
Do you plan on having kids?
If the answer is yes, then why are you removing what is going to be the easiest way to bath them for the first 10 years of their lives? Also, you’re making it harder for them to sell your house when you pass away because let’s be honest, most people don’t want to buy a house with no bathtub.
If you are going to live in the house for the rest of your life and never have kids then by all means, remove the tub. That scenario is not very common though.
I’m surprised at how many people don’t see their house as the major investment that it is. Your house should go up in value as you own it (for the most part) and when you decided to sell it, you should want the process to be quick and profitable. One of the easiest ways to work against that is to make your house personal to only you and make those changes hard to reverse. If you want to paint the walls pink, that’s easy to fix. You’re going to want a fresh coat of paint on the walls when you put the house on the market anyway. What you don’t want to do is remove all the bathtubs, delete the garage or start adding walls that change the layout to something unappealing.
People want their home to be exactly how they want it, but think about the future when you start planning a remodel. I understand that you don’t ever use a bathtub, neither do I, but is it a burden to leave it? One of the biggest selling features of a home is the bathroom and people look for a nice tub so if you plan on selling your house any time after a remodel, I would suggest actually making the tub nicer.
I’ve had people design their entire remodel around removing a garage and turning it into living space. Do you think that extra office or media room is going to be a bigger selling point than an attached garage? Do you live in an area with a lot of inclement weather? If the answer is yes, people probably want a garage.
Remodel your home so that it is a comfortable place for you, but remember that the house will most likely be temporary and increase the value of your investment while you’re at it.