Up Your Home Value with a Gym

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.

Adjustable Dumbbells

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 Bike

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.

Weight Bench

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

Hoover Corded Cyclonic Review

The Hoover Corded Cyclonic vacuum has been reviewed by more than 825 customers on Amazon, averaging a customer rating of 4.34 stars out of 5. It retails for around $90, and is one of the best wood floor vacuum cleaners for sale today as well as one of the best pet hair vacuums.


The Hoover Cyclonic vacuum features a powered brush roll with Cyclonic Technology, which makes transitioning from hard flooring to area rugs and carpeting quite easy. This is another vacuum on the market that has “swivel steering”, so it is easy to maneuver around the home. Hoover boasts about the vacuum’s lightweight design and long cord, making it easily accessible at a moment’s notice. Other features include a rinseable filter and wide cleaner mouth.


What did Amazon customers like about this vacuum? A few things were mentioned by several reviewers. First, the Hoover Cyclonic has a sleek and lightweight design coming in at under eight pounds, making it easy to maneuver around the home, and also makes it easy to store. Second, the vacuum’s low-profile base and extreme decline allows the vacuum to get under hard-to-reach areas. Some customers mentioned the dust cup, which is easy to use and empty. Many reviewers noted how well the vacuum performs on hardwood floors, and how lightweight it is.


This vacuum does not come with any accessories, something to be mindful of, which several Amazon reviewers took note of. Also, due to its small size, the Hoover Cyclonic must be emptied quite frequently, which can be annoying, but that’s part of the tradeoff of a smaller, lightweight vacuum.

Source: Home Depot