When I write about bathrooms people read


This site gets some traffic, a few thousand readers stop by every month. When I look at my analytics I can see that some of the most popular articles I have written are about bathrooms.

Bathrooms can be confusing. Most people understand how to use a bathroom, it is how we define bathrooms that gets confusing. In the MLS we see a total number of bathrooms.

They are all counted the same. When we read the fine print we find that there is a full bath on the second floor and a 3/4 bath in the basement and a room with a sink and toilet on the main floor.  This is super useful information. The total number of baths doesn’t have any fractions.

A full bath has a tub, a shower, and a sink and toilet. A three-quarter bath has a shower or tub, sink, and toilet. A half bath has a sink and toilet. A quarter bath is just a toilet or sink or shower or tub.

I was in one house many years ago that had 3 baths each was a quarter or a half bath. There was a quarter bath on the second floor which consisted of one bathtub. On the main floor, there was a 1/2 bath that had a toilet and sink in it. In the basement, there was a shower stall.

When I look for houses for sale I pay close attention to the bath descriptions. Homebuyers looking for three bathrooms might not consider the home that has one bathtub, one shower, one toilet a match.

People have asked why a house is listed as having 2 bathrooms rather than 1.25, 1.5, or 1.75 baths. That is a question I can’t answer.

Pro-tip for real estate agents and photographers: Close the toilet lid before photographing the bathroom.

Thanks for reading.

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