Patricia Best

Best Choice for Resale: Tub or Shower?

When friends and clients are renovating, they often come to me with this question:  If I don’t have room for a separate tub and walk-in shower, will just going for the large shower hurt my resale value? Most of the time, they say they rarely take a bath and would prefer the more luxurious shower.

My advice is that you should have at least one nice bathtub in a house because there will always be those who favor a long soak or parents who need to bathe their young children in a tub.

As long as you have covered that, I would feel free to choose a shower over a combination shower/tub. In a guest room, I definitely think it’s fine – and probably preferable – to go with a walk-in shower. 

As always, feel free to call us at Best & Cavallaro in Salisbury if you want to pick our brains!

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    Fall House Maintenance

    As the leaves turn many new colors here in the beautiful Northwest Corner of Connecticut, it’s a good time to get your house ready for winter.   

    Here’s a checklist to help get you started:

    • Chimneys – make sure your chimney is clean and equipped with an animal-proof chimney cap

    • Clean your gutters – clogged gutters can create ice dams; gutters also channel water away from the house to prevent water damage

    • Animal-proof your house – caulk small holes and cover with steel mesh to prevent rodents from seeking a cozy spot to winter

    • Trim trees and shrubs that are too close to the house

    • HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) should be serviced and cleaned annually and filters changed as recommended for your equipment.

    And now you can get ready to enjoy skiing, skating, and fireside dinners!

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