Choosing the Right Bathtub
LESLIE: Rick in Washington needs some help with a bathroom remodel. How’s the project going?RICK: It’s going pretty well. We’re down to deciding which type of tub we want and we’re wondering if a ball-and-claw, cast iron tub would gain us any value in the home after the remodel, versus a resin-style – the newer-style resin tubs.TOM: Well, the good news, Rick, is both will get you equally clean. (Leslie and Rick chuckle) In terms of return on investment, you know I think that a remodeled bathroom by itself is going to be a great improvement because surveys are showing that you get somewhere in the area of 80 to 90 percent return on investment for remodeled bathrooms and remodeled kitchens.Now in terms of which one is going to be right for your project, that’s more of a decorating choice, I would think, Leslie.LESLIE: Yeah, I mean absolutely. If your home is of the certain time period and architectural styling where the claw-footed tub is really the right choice, then – I mean in my opinion, you cannot compete with a claw-footed tub. They’re gorgeous; they’re ginormous; you can take a beautiful, deep, long soak in a bathtub like that and you’ve just hit the nail on the head for my dreams of a bath and I would buy your house tomorrow if that was the case. But I really think it’s up …RICK: See, the house is – I’m sorry. The house is a 1931 farmhouse, so we didn’t know if there was an inherent value in going with an older-style tub versus a newer-style resin tub.LESLIE: I think if, consistently, you’re going with historically accurate details, you’re better off to go with the cast iron tub.RICK: OK, very good. Also, we love your show. Thank you so much for the help.LESLIE: (overlapping voices) Oh, our pleasure.TOM: (overlapping voices) You’re welcome, Rick. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.