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Home Gyms: An Upgrade To Stand Out On The Housing Market

Home Gyms: An Upgrade To Stand Out On The Housing Market

We at Dalton Wade are excited to welcome a guest blogger this week. Our friends at BarBend are here to share some tips on how sellers can boost their property value by adding a home gym! They’ll also share a few life hacks for maximizing your workout space’s value (and a few pitfalls to avoid).

Ever since the pandemic, people have generally been avoiding public gyms for various reasons. Having a gym setup at home allows people a convenient and cost-effective way to stay fit and healthy. In the ever-so-competitive housing market, the addition of home gyms has become a new trend which can lead to an increase in the home’s property value. 

How to set up a home gym?

While the idea of having a home gym is certainly appealing, it needs to be understood that not just any room can be converted into a gym. Some people end up remodelling their spare bedrooms into home gyms, but it has been seen that this can drastically reduce the value of the property. Secondary living spaces such as basements, garages and living rooms are better equipped to be turned into home gyms. 

Here are a few ideas to set up a home gym so that it maximises the value of your property.

1.   Make sure it has all the essential equipment

Any good home gym needs to come with all the essential equipment for cardio training and weight training, in addition to having mats for aerobic exercises, stretches, Pilates and yoga. It is also a good idea to have a few benches, dumbbell racks, and maybe a TV (to join online fitness classes). 

2.   Design the home gym away from other living spaces 

A home gym needs to be situated away from traditional living spaces since gym equipment can take up a lot of space and make the area look smaller. It should not take away from the overall look of the house, instead, it should enhance the appeal. 

3.   Consider the overall vibe of the room while decorating 

You have seen how good home gyms look on TV, right? Make sure to incorporate similar ideas while designing your home gym. Make sure the walls have a soft and neutral shade, with plenty of lighting. You can add some art pieces if needed, but this is not a necessity. Line the heavy workout equipment in such a way that it does not hamper the flow of traffic in the room. Prospective buyers will take in how sorted and practical the home gym is, and if it is organised in a proper manner, they will be interested in the property. 

4.   Use a ground floor room for heavy equipment 

If you are using heavy training equipment such as elliptical machines or treadmills, it is a good idea to have the home gym set up on the ground floor, such as the basement or the garage. Moreover, ensure that the floor is rubber tiled. This will reduce the impact on the floor. 

5.   Ensure that the room is well-ventilated 

Prospective buyers would like a home gym that is well-ventilated, has enough windows for letting in natural light, and enough power outlets to plug in the required equipment. 

Home gyms are here to stay. While they have been around for a while, the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted their significance and convenience. Home gyms have been listed among the top fitness trends of 2023, which certainly shows how popular they are becoming. A home gym is a valuable addition to any home since it offers a very convenient and cost-effective way to remain fit and healthy. It can add value to your home, creating a worthwhile investment for landlords and homeowners. 

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