Selling a home is a tricky business these days. The entire global volatile real estate market has turned this endeavor into a true balancing act, and every additional feature in your home may give you the edge that you need to rise above the rest.
You’ve probably heard that an additional toilet or an extra bathroom allows you to bump the prince, and practically guarantee a good sell. Have you heard that, in this age of lifestyle improvement and body culture, a home gym represents the ultimate icing on the cake that increases the value of your home?
What’s the deal?
One of the most ultimate upshots of a home gym lies in the implied convenience that it brings. We all want to feel more comfortable at the gym, but imagine how relaxed you’d feel if you had an additional option to workout at home? On days when you feel awkward, or not as your best self, if you are not in the mood for interacting with people, you can simply venture down the hall and have an intense workout session.
Where to set it up?
Even if you don’t put a lot of stock in Feng shui, the distribution of rooms based on function is important. A home gym is not an exception in any shape or form.
The first decision on your item list is to choose the right location, and it is fairly simple on paper: the home gym should be set up as ‘out of the way’ as possible. This means a corner of your house, a place through which you don’t have to frequent to reach another room.
This usually entails either rooms or areas that spread against the household’s corner. Likewise, placing it in your basement or your garage is also a sound option.
Pad the floor
Gym equipment is often heavy, jagged, and brimming with sharp edges. The possibility of damage, scrapes, and scratches to the floor material is almost inevitable unless you preempt it with padding. Your best option – and a financially feasible one at that – is carpentry.
Go with the classic solution of floor-coverings and heavy-duty mats that pad every inch of the gym. And now, laminate or other economical options are not an option, because the equipment will damage it and it will look unappealing.
Selling it with equipment – an option
Does your home come with gym equipment included? This is not an uncommon practice, and you can allow yourself to bump up the price without spending too much on perfectly functional, comfortable basic equipment. It is especially convenient if you are familiar with the ins and outs of online shops that sell used items.
First of all, you should know how far to go – selling a home gym equipped with large items makes sense, but putting it on the market with a set of weights, barbells, and dumbbells might be taking it a step too far.
Think about the basics: a power rack, squat stand, maybe a stand for holding weight plates, but without the plates, and maybe an adjustable bench. Everything beyond that is just icing on the cake.
Purchasing a home with a well-stocked home gym is also a smart investment for a potential buyer. One has to keep in mind that gym memberships cost money on a monthly basis, and the luxury of owning a home gym leaves that regular expenditure out of the picture.
Now, if you are thinking short-term, then spending more money on a home with a gym, plus necessary equipment that can cost you around $2000 for basic setup, will sound like a waste of money. However, if you plan to spend at least two decades – or maybe even the rest of your life – in this home, the investment pays off in the long-run, especially if you are an athletic type.