Morristown TN Real Estate For Sale - Does Adding A Gym In Your Home Add Any Value?

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Does Adding A Gym In Your Home Add Any Value?
It's that time of year again. Seemingly everyone is dedicating the next few days, weeks, and months to getting in better shape. That being said, traditional gyms are absurdly crowded right now and will most likely be for the next few months.
So how about just building one in your home? Sounds expensive and it probably will be as exercise equipment is both pricey and difficult to move. That being said, as a society we are very unhealthy and many of us are overweight. To combat this there has been a plethora of movements to help prevent obesity. One such movement has been the increase in home gym ownership.
So we have to ask ourselves, "Does having a home gym truly increase the value of my home?" The short answer is absolutely not! In spite of this, it most certainly will increase the desirability of your home to a certain set of buyers. Think of it like a pool. Study after study has revealed that even if you live in Arizona, a pool will not increase the real value of your home, only the perceived value.
That being said, geography does matter and much like having a pool when it can be over 110 degrees is equivalent to not having to worry about driving to the gym when it's -5 degrees outside. For starters, I have slipped on ice and knocked myself out walking to the gym. No such worries if you have your own gym!
The fact is that by having a home gym, the appeal of your home will increase to a certain subset of buyers. In essence, it's simply a differentiator. The only positive investment would be that of your health. It's one of the few things in life that you can actually control.
Ideas for an ideal exercise room:
First off, it is probably a good idea to get a cardiovascular machine such as a Treadmill, Stairmaster, or an Elliptical machine to get off to a good start as they are by far the most popular machines.
Stationary bikes are good as well but they involve sitting which most of us do enough in a day. A yoga mat is an excellent choice as well. A kettle bell, a couple of sets of dumbbells, a medicine ball, and maybe even a Bowflex (It Really Does Work!) would be more than enough to start your own setup!
If you choose to buy all of the equipment brand new, expect to spend at least $1,500 for lower-end equipment. For top-of-the-line gear expect to spend at least double that. Should you buy used equipment, the cost will be much lower. However, shiny equipment would be more enticing to the potential buyer psychologically. As mentioned, it is a great differentiator and that can be the difference between a quick sell and a prolonged and expensive one.
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Comments (7)

Bill Salvatore - YVP Blog
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - Valley of the Sun /

I think in the eyes of a buyer yes.  Appraisser, not sure. Happy Cinco De Mayo Day.  Bill Salvatore

May 05, 2021 05:53 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Norma... I don't see gyms as adding value in my market unless we are talking about a very high end home where the gym space does not replace other needed living or parking spaces in the home.

May 05, 2021 06:12 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Norma - not a bad idea to have some exercise devices in your home.

May 05, 2021 06:20 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Norma - the question opens a conversation and that is likely one that can lead to the additional possibilities.  

May 05, 2021 06:37 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Norma, don't believe it adds "value", but desirability.   Homeowners are working from home, and with gyms being closed until recently, they were working out at home too.

May 05, 2021 06:43 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

I don't think it will add value in my area. A home office will definitely be the better selling point!

May 05, 2021 07:05 AM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Great information.  Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day!

May 05, 2021 07:27 AM