Welcome back! So, you now know whether you want to lease or buy your equipment. Great start! The next thing you’re going to need to think about is getting a premise. Without further ado, let’s get into it!
First things first, you need to know what you’re looking for. You need to have a vision of what your gym is going to look like. Now before you go picturing a top-of-the-range gym in the middle of London with stunning city views, let’s be realistic. Remember to think within your budget. What can you afford? You need to hit the balance between dreams and reality on this one. Ideally, you want somewhere with enough floor space to fit your equipment and room for other floor activities. Somewhere well ventilated or built-in air conditioning also wouldn’t hurt.
Okay, now that you’ve visualised the type of space you want your gym to sit in, its time to start looking. It will be no surprise that your first move will be to open google and type in “gym space for sale near me” – or something along those lines. This isn’t a bad thing, as it will give you plenty of properties to sift through, but remember you’re not limited to looking on the internet. It is wise to go for a drive around your area or the area that you want to base your gym in. Take in the sights – you may find something that you couldn’t have found on the internet.
Next – and maybe most importantly – don’t rush into anything. It can be an exciting process to go through but remember you need to find the most appropriate premises for your gym’s needs. Don’t be tempted to rush into something because you just want to hurry up and get things moving. Everything happens for a reason, so waiting for the waiting around for a building to come up might just be worth it!
Once you have found a potential space, get ready to ask plenty of questions. You need to know how things run, what the different protocols are. Some key questions you might want to consider asking are: what is the protocol for requesting maintenance? You are going to want to know the answer to this just in case there are hidden charges or costs when it comes to maintenance. Is the landlord aware of the level of noise that will be coming from your gym? Make sure their expectations are clear because you don’t want them to have any nasty surprises when things are up and running. Most of all, don’t forget to be nice to your landlord! It is important to build a good relationship with them so that you can both benefit from each other.
So, to summarise, there’s plenty of things to consider when looking at a premise for your gym. We haven’t covered everything in this post, but from our CEO’s experience, these were the things he looked for back when he was setting up his gym. “There are so many things to consider, but as long as you look in the right places and ask the right questions, you’ll find the perfect building in which to set up your gym.”