Buyers’ most wanted bathroom features
It seems bathrooms have agendas. Well, at least that’s what a report on home buyer preferences has to say in the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) recent report based on more than 3,200 responses when rating 18 bathroom features.
Eye on Housing’s Paul Emrath reports, “Results show that bathrooms, especially the home’s primary (once known as the master) bath tend to be very important to home buyers. Of the 18 different bathroom features listed in the survey, 12 received an essential or desirable rating from more than 50 percent of buyers.” He goes on to say that the four most wanted bathroom features are all specific features of the home’s primary bath. “At the very top of the list, 76 percent of home buyers rated a linen closet in the primary bath as essential or desirable, 74 percent wanted both a shower stall and a tub, 69 percent a double vanity, and 67 percent a private toilet compartment.”
Interestingly enough, with so many HGTV renovations replacing tubs with huge 2-person showers, respondents cited the shower and tub combination in the primary bath ranked as the most “essential” feature, whether all in one unit or existing separately within the room. Thirty-six percent of buyers rated it specifically as essential—more than any other bathroom feature—meaning that these buyers are unlikely to purchase a home without the feature.
Other items on their wish list include multiple shower heads in the primary bath, followed by a whirlpool and a body spray panel. As for porcelain, buyers prefer white to colored toilets, tubs, or sinks. Younger (millennial) buyers went for dual toilets in the primary bath, his and hers baths, a skylight in the primary bath, and a bidet. “These generational differences are all statistically significant after controlling for a number of other factors, particularly the income and household composition of the buyers.” says Emrath.
Source: NAHB, TBWS
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