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Workout gear can stay during sale – maybe

By Tim McKeough
The New York Times

Depending on how it’s presented, having exercise equipment on display can be a positive or a negative for a home on the market.

If it’s installed in a well-designed room with enough space “it can be an attraction: buyers can see the potential that they could work out in their own apartment, and not have to go to the gym, said Peter Poljan, a senior associate with Corcoran Group in Manhattan.

It can be a problem, he added, if there’s “a treadmill that’s not properly cared for and there are clothes hanging all over it.”

Poljan offered three suggestions for sellers who have exercise equipment.

“First, I tell clients that if it’s at all possible, they should put it away,” he said. If there’s nowhere to store it, he suggested keeping it out of day-to-day living space.

“Make sure it’s not in a high-traffic area,” he said. “Try to put it off to the side, or next to the wall, just to make sure that people can get in and around it.”

But most important, he said, is to clean the equipment. “Make sure there’s nothing hanging from it,” he said.

Glenn Gissler, a New York interior designer, recommended going to a gym rather than having equipment at home. Stationary bicycles and rowing machines are “clunky space hogs,” he said.

If you’re determined to keep the equipment, he suggested ways to hide it. If you have a large closet, the gear could be wheeled inside after workouts. Or you could tuck it behind a curtain or a screen.

Another option for the space-challenged yet fitness-obsessed, he said, would be to create a multifunctional room where you keep smaller equipment that are easier to put away after workouts.

Working with a couple on New York’s Upper West Side, Gissler designed a guest room with a Murphy bed that is concealed by mirrored doors. Equipped with a soft rug, free weights, exercise ball and an indoor trainer for a bicycle, the room doubles as a space for quick workouts; the mirrors let the homeowners focus on their form.

If the couple are expecting guests, the exercise equipment can be stored in a minimal amount of closet space, Gissler said, and the bed can be opened up. But if no company is coming, “they just close the door.”

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