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Question DetailsAsked on 11/8/2013

Should we replace an 1890 claw foot tub in a rental with a fiberglass unit?

We have an 1890 rental home with only 1 bathroom, that we want to upgrade. Many have said to keep the tub, we did install a shower kit, because of the nostalgia factor. BUT, practicality says we should remove it in lieu of a conventional tub/shower unit. What is the better option, especially when you have tenants?

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Are you kidding keep the tub . they are worth close to 2 grand in NY It retains the heat when hot .

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Answered 6 years ago by MiaMat


If you do take it out, you could consider moving it to an easy to load from place and list it for sale - if rusted only good for a wateringtrough or planter, but if porcelin is intact then worht about $200-400 if dulled, can be $1000+ if still shiny - and for some specific designs and foot patterns can run several thousand dollar retail value. Google - claw foot tub value to get an idea of worth. Also - worth very little inmost areas of the country - major cities and northeast are primary areas where these are popular.

I would say replacement depends on the of the apartment - if "period" or retro, then could fit right in and be a selling point. If modern or normal amercian then most people expect a walk-in shower or shower-tub with glass doors, and consider a shower curtained tub to be reminscent of a cheap motel or campground showerhouse.

My gut feeling - might help get a certain type of renter, but probably more likely than not to turn people (like me) away as a deal-killer - but then I hate tubs in general, and am a walk-in shower type person.

If you are using a Realtor to list the property, ask their opinion.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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