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Posted by Century 21 North East - Norton Group RE on 10/20/2019

Are you thinking about setting up a fitness center at home? That is a great idea, but you must be aware that many things go into setting up a home gym. Apart from space availability, you must also consider your financial limits. Once you have satisfied these basic requirements, then you can start up the process for constructing your home fitness center. Here is a step-by-step guide on how you can build a perfect fitness center in your home without breaking the bank.

Find a suitable place in your home

The first step is to find the right place to set up your fitness center. Choosing the right place for your home gym is quite simple; it requires no hard-and-fast rules. Areas you can consider in the home are an unused bedroom or any other spare room, a patio, basement, garage, or a back porch, and you can also decide to use an additional building such as a large garden shed. In a situation where you do not have a spare room in the home, you can carve out a small space in your living area.

Choose an illuminated and airy place

It is essential to make your fitness center as bright and spacious as possible. There should be enough air in your home gym to keep your workout comfortable, and it is best when illuminated with natural light. These two elements will boost your energy level whenever you are exercising. Therefore, you should not overrule the importance of windows and doors because they give access to natural light. Where there is no window or skylight in the room, you can add one or two light sources. You can also decide to enhance the oxygen level in your home fitness center by placing a green plant in the space. Consider higher oxygen-producing plants like spider plants, bamboo palms, and ferns.

Stock your home gym 

When you have located the right place for your home fitness center, and you have made the space as illuminated and airy as possible, then you should consider getting it stocked with equipment for your workout. It is worth noting that you might not need heavy machines or tons of equipment to make your home fitness center the best place for a workout. You will be excited to learn that much of the best home gym equipment is not massive, and it is affordable.

Organize your home fitness center

Once you have the necessary gym equipment in place, what you need to do next is to get the area organized for a comfortable session. A floor mat, cooling source, and access to water always help to keep the area well organize and reduce interruptions.

If you have no space for a gym in your home, perhaps you need to think about buying a home more suitable to your needs. Reach out to a local real estate agent, they may have just what you are looking for.





Posted by Century 21 North East - Norton Group RE on 1/15/2017

Many new homeowners are eager to begin renovations on their home to make it fit the beautiful picture they have in their mind. Unfortunately the aesthetic improvements, while important, are often prioritized over important structural and functional repairs that should be made first. The key to making smart financial decisions for renovating your home is to have a good budget and to stick to it. Home improvements are one of the few expenses that people often forget to budget for, alongside car repairs and emergency medical expenses. If done properly, however, a budget will help you prioritize your repairs so you'll spend your time and money wisely. In this article, we'll explain how to budget for home repairs in a way that works for you and your family.

Understanding your money

To budget for home improvements, you first need to budget for other things in your life. Use an app or website like Mint or You Need a Budget to get a better understanding of how you spend your money. For some, budgeting for home improvements may mean cutting back on other spending areas. Fortunately, these apps break down all of your purchases by categories and help you spend less each month.

Ranking your renovations

If you're dying to update the bathroom but the roof needs to be redone, you should call the roofers first. Some home improvements are a ticking time bomb: deteriorating roofs, poor insulation, HVAC issues, water damage, and safety concerns like fire hazards are all problems that need to be addressed first on your budget. Some will save you money, others could save your life, but all of them are more important than adding closet space in your bathroom.

Estimating costs

Do your research when it comes to the the cost of repairs and home improvements. Once you have a ballpark figure, add it into your budgeting app as a new item on your budget. There is a general rule, when budgeting for home repairs, that you should set aside 1% of the cost of your home for maintenance and repairs each year. However, there are many other factors involved in how much it will cost to upkeep your home like the age of the house, the weather in your area, and how well-maintained the home was before you bought it.

Sticking to your budget

Everyone starts with good intentions, but keeping a budget isn't easy. Thankfully, it has been made much more manageable with the help of apps and websites that link right to your bank accounts. To stick to your home repair budget, make sure you sign up for reminders on your spending and progress. If you're keeping a budget the old fashioned way (pen and paper), put reminders on your calendar each month to check if you're spending too much on home repairs. Another key to successful budgeting it to make sure everyone in the house is on the same page. If your significant other plays a role in home repairs, go over your budget together. This will help you keep one another accountable and set priorities that work for everyone.