Find An Agent

5 FAQs About Shower Renovation Cost Before Selling Your Home

When you're getting ready to list your house, you probably need to fix up a few things. Should you remodel your shower? Will it help you sell your house or make more money on the sale? Find out what a shower renovation costs and if it's a good idea.

When you're getting ready to list your house, you probably need to fix up a few things. Should you remodel your shower? Will it help you sell your house or make more money on the sale? Find out what a shower renovation costs and if it's a good idea.

How much does a shower renovation cost? If you’ve been thinking about upgrading your bathroom before selling you’ll want to have a good grasp on the cost.

Before investing a significant amount of money into a home remodeling project solely intended to help you sell your house, talk with a local real estate agent.

How much does it cost to remodel a bathroom shower?

The cost of remodeling a bathroom shower will depend on if you have a full shower or a shower/tub combination. Remodeling a shower/tub combination costs more because there’s more space involved and if you’re expanding from a shower to a shower/tub, more plumbing work will need to be done.


A shower/tub can cost between $400 to $600, with installation another $1,000. Expect your shower renovation costs to increase if you’re installing one on the upper level of a house or need new plumbing. Demolition of an old fixture will also

Another form of remodeling a shower can be installing a liner over the old shower’s interior. It would be a mistake to think it’s cheaper, though. Acrylic liners can cost $1,300 for the simplest model and go up to $4,000 if you want soap dishes and other features. If installed incorrectly, water could seep between the liner and the wall, causing mold, rot, and other issues.


If you want to go with tiles rather than a liner, the typical cost per square foot ranges from $1.30 to $5.00. That’s solely the tile cost. While some people consider it to be an easy DIY project, if you don’t want to rent a tile cutter or have an oddly shaped space, it might be better to hire a professional.

When deciding which option would be best for your space and return the most value when you sell, consult with your real estate agent. They’ll be able to advise you on what buyers in your area prefer.

How much does it cost to replace a shower?

When remodeling a shower, you might be replacing tile, adding a new shower door, or installing shelves. Replacing a shower involves ripping out the existing stall and replacing it down to the fixtures.

Shower stalls aren’t expensive, and you can find a basic version for as little as $400. If you have the plumbing skills to install it yourself, you’ll save otherwise, expect to pay $300-$400 for installation. A stand-alone shower can fit in the corner of a former half-bath or along a wall.

And don’t forget that you’ll need a new shower head, knobs, and tub spout. Just updating the fixtures in a bathroom can be a cheaper option to spruce things up.

How much does a walk-in shower cost?

Adding a walk-in shower to a half bath can increase your home’s salability and help it appeal more to disabled or elderly buyers. It can sometimes be difficult for them to lift their legs over a tub’s edge.

The cost of a walk-in shower is similar to that of a shower/tub installation. It will depend on if you want to have a permanent or fold-down bench for seating and an onyx, acrylic or tile shower.

Does remodeling a bathroom increase home value?

Home remodeling projects don’t always return 100% of the money you invested. Typically, home sellers can expect to recoup 50% of the costs of a bathroom remodel when they sell. Given this, it would be better to view an investment in a bathroom remodel as designed to help you sell your home.

Home buyers can be picky about the number of bathrooms they require, including full and half baths. If you’re selling in a buyer’s market and have a lot of competition having fewer bathrooms than another home could hurt either your odds of selling quickly or your sale price. Ask your realtor about your target buyer’s preferences.

Should I remodel my bathroom before selling my home?

There are many smart home upgrades that you can make before listing your house for sale, some of which cost far less than a bathroom remodel. But if your bathroom is so old and outdated, with worn and cracked tile or soap scum that won’t come clean, you might have to remodel to sell.


If you’re unsure of what to do, a Clever Partner Agent can help you decide the best option for your home. Reach out today to connect with a local agent in your area.



Andrew Schmeerbauch

Andrew Schmeerbauch is the Director of Marketing at Clever Real Estate, the free online service that connects you top agents to save on commission. His focus is educating home buyers and sellers on navigating the complex world of real estate with confidence and ease. Andrew has worked on projects for the United Nations and USC and has a particular passion for investing and finance. Andrew's writing has been featured in Mashvisor, L&T, Ideal REI, and Rentometer.

See all Andrew's Posts

Sell Your Home with a Top Agent and Save Thousands

Learn how you could save thousands when you sell with Clever!