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Essential Bathroom Features for First-Time Buyers

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Essential Bathroom Features for First-Time Buyers

The majority of first-time homebuyers reported a strong desire for these bathroom features when hunting for their first homes

March 31, 2022
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Among the changing preferences of first-time homebuyers, both a shower stall and tub in the primary bath topped the list of the most desirable 18 bathroom features and amenities in the NAHB study, What Home Buyers Really Want, 2021 Edition. 

Roughly 72% of first-time buyers ranked a shower stall and tub as essential or desirable, followed by a linen closet and a private toilet compartment in the primary bathroom, favored by 70% and 67% of survey respondents, respectively, Eye on Housing Reports.

At the top of the bathroom graph, 72 percent of first-time buyers rated both a shower stall and tub in the primary bath essential or desirable, followed closely by a linen closet, rated essential or desirable by 70 percent.  After the top two, 67 percent of first-time buyers rated a private toilet compartment essential or desirable, followed by 65 percent for a whirlpool tub.  Next comes a group of bathroom features rated essential or desirable by 62 percent of first-time buyers: a double vanity, multiple shower heads, a granite vanity and body spray panels.

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