Baths or showers in rental properties?

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    Baths or showers in rental properties?

    If you don’t have space for a bath and a separate shower, the best option is to install a  shower over the bath, either an electric one or one that is attached to the bath’s mixer tap.

    You might be tempted to get rid of the bath altogether and go for a large, walk-in shower, which would certainly appeal to a lot of renters. Most people prefer showers these days and many tenants won’t miss the bath.

    However, if you don’t have a bath you could be limiting your market. Families with young children always want a bath as babies can’t really shower and it’s awkward for toddlers, so you’d be immediately eliminating the family market if you don’t provide a bath.

    Also, you might find that a tenant is undecided between your property and one other and if the other has a bath, they might choose that one instead.

    The only time it really makes sense to get rid of a bath altogether is if you have only a small bathroom in an HMO (House in Multiple Occupation) where you have a lot of sharers who are unlikely to have enough time in there to run a bath!

    In this case, a shower works better as it will usually take up less space and it’s less hassle to keep clean too.

    Even if you provide a bath, make sure you provide a shower of some sort, even if it’s just attached to the mixer taps on the bath, because this is something tenants will expect.

    Shower curtains are cheaper and require less maintenance than shower screens, but they are less desirable and don’t look as good. If you’re trying to create a wow factor in your bathroom, go for a shower screen instead.

    If installing a new bath or shower, avoid fancy or fashionable but flimsy fixtures and fittings. Instead, go for robust, quality fittings that will last.

    Remember, electric showers must be installed by a qualified electrician.

    What type of bath?

    There are various options from the cheapest, acrylic, to free-standing vintage tubs. Acrylic baths are not just the cheapest but also the easiest to install because they are lighter than other materials. Acrylic is also warmer, however, it won’t last as long as a more expensive enamel bath, but it is less likely to chip to scratch.

    If you have a shower over the bath, you can have a P-shape bath to create extra room in the shower zone, but this isn’t really necessary and will take up more room.

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