Lately I’ve been thinking of some creative ways to up the re-sale value of our home. You know, besides the traditional remodel/renovations that we’re always talking about. Here’s the thing about doing renovations: they are costly, and they take forever. Of course, I’m a huge proponent of them; but it doesn’t mean that we can’t start to get a little creative about considering other viable options.
And here’s one that I’m planning to put into action soon: I’m going to be building out a home gym in our basement.
Think about it: health and fitness is all the rage these days. Everywhere you look, people are trying to live healthier and more active lives. It’s why the fitness and diet industry is so huge: people really do want to lose weight and be healthy.
And those people include potential home buyers as well. So don’t you think that if you have someone looking at your home, who’s also a fitness nut, that having a gym in your basement/garage would be a HUGE selling point for them? Exactly.
So here’s my mini-plan to get some equipment down into my basement for now. I’ve been looking at the following pieces, which I think would be a good start:
An obvious first purchase; a treadmill is probably the single most popular piece of fitness equipment out there today, and no home gym would be complete without one.
Some people like to run, while others prefer working out with weights. So some kind of weight lifting is necessary here; the great thing about these is that they don’t take up a lot of space at all.
Recumbent bikes are excellent if you used to run, but now your knees are giving you trouble. You can still get in a great cardio workout, but without all the stress on your lower body.
For those strength trainers, what would a home gym be without a bench? Again, this won’t take up much room at all.
So that’s where I plan on starting out. I feel this is probably an initial investment of around $1,000 or so, which isn’t bad at all. I should see an immediate ROI on this.
Sources: Jane’s Best Fitness