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Many homeowners mistakenly assume that any money you put into home improvement is a pretty safe investment but that isn’t the case at all. In fact, the average home renovation project only recoups about 65% of its cost at resale. If there’s even a chance that you will be selling your home sometime down the road then return on investment (ROI) is an important consideration when deciding how to allocate your remodeling budget. Here’s a look at the safest investments when it comes to home remodeling.
The most cost efficient home improvement project you could do is to replace the insulation in your attic. On average, this will cost somewhere from $1,200 to $2,000 but your ROI will be around 107%. It’s probably the only project that can actually turn a profit for you. Not only does it add to the resale value of your home but you also benefit from energy savings from the time you replace the insulation to the time you do sell your home.
A new front door
Since the front door is one of the first things people (including prospective buyers) see when they visit your home, it makes sense that it would be a wise place to invest some money. A new steel front door can cost anywhere from $1,500 to $2,500 to purchase and install but you can expect to get about 90% of that back when you sell and you may also find that you have an easier time selling your home as a result.
Depending on the state of your current siding, you may or may not wish to tackle this particular project since the ROI is a bit lower at 80 to 84% and the initial cost is higher since it costs about $12,000 on average. If your siding is a bit of an eyesore however then it’s probably a good idea. It’s certainly better to spend the money on your home’s exterior then to spend a fortune remodeling the kitchen which will only recoup about 65% of the cost.
Garage door replacement
A wooden garage door is another exterior home improvement project that’s a safe bet. Though the ROI for this project is less than vinyl siding at around 80%, it’s also less expensive that siding costing on average $2,300 to $3,000. Keep in mind that garage doors with windows are likely to get a slightly higher ROI.
Prospective buyers love hardwood flooring so while it’s a bit pricy at $5,000 to $6,000, it’s still a good project to consider. Just make sure you go with a finish that’s universally appealing and keep in mind that oak is an especially durable option that makes it a favorite among prospective buyers.
Despite the fact that kitchen and bathroom remodels are among the worst for ROI, they remain the most popular because many assume it’s what buyers want. When deciding what to upgrade and what to leave as is, you should focus on upgrades that improve the functionality of the space or upgrades that are relatively inexpensive. The small, inexpensive touches like new cabinet hardware, light fixtures, or baseboard heater covers are easy DIY projects and they tend to get a better ROI than many of the major projects.
Measure the height from the floor to the top of the metal wall plate.
Follow our guide for baseboard heater cover measurement:
Any baseboard larger than 7 3/8" (188 mm) will be compatible with our standard cover.
Any measurement greater than 9 3/8" (238 mm) will fit our tall cover.
Measure from the bottom of the finned tube heating element to the top of the metal wall plate,
A measurement of 5 1/2" to 6 3/4" (140 mm – 172 mm) will fit our standard cover.
A measurement of 7 1/2" to 8 3/4" (191 mm – 222 mm) will fit our tall cover.
Measure the distance from the wall or the metal wall plate attached to the wall, to the outside of the finned tube heating element.
Any measurement of less than 3 1/8" (76 mm) inches from the wall will fit our
Any measurement of less than 3 1/8" (76 mm) inches from the wall will fit our tall cover.
EZ Snap™ Wall Widgets are used when your old or existing wall back plate has been removed or if you have to hang your new cover 1 inch or higher to bring them up to a height that will fit our installation guidelines. Just measure your overall desired height, subtract 1", drill a hole, preferably in a stud and attach it to the wall with the included screw.
EZ Snap™ Floor Fidgets easily raise your new covers ¾ inch to compensate for any ¾ inch floor (wood, tile, or other) that has been installed any time since your baseboard heater was originally installed. May be used for any reason when the overall height has been shortened and the total height is less than 7-½ inches for standard height or 9-½ inches for the TALL height EZ Snap™ BaseBoard Covers. Just use the self-tapping screws to secure them to the top of your existing wallplate.
EZ Snap™ Wall Contraptions are used when your wall back plate has been completely removed. EZ Snap™ Wall Contraptions receives your EZ Snap™ BaseBoard Cover and keeps your aluminum fin tube from sagging. These completely replace your wall back plate. To install, slide up from the bottom and make sure the top is at your desired height. Screw to the wall, then bend the front finger up to hold the fin tube in place.
Measure from wall to wall and subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 2 flush to wall end caps.
Measure the overall length of the existing unit with ends attached then subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 2 Closed or Open-end caps.
Measure from the corner to the end of the unit with ends attached then subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 1 Closed or Open-end & 1 flush to wall end cap.
Measure the left side from corner A to corner B (see diagram). Then subtract 3 inches for the 90 degree inside corner, then subtract another ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) Repeat for the right side if also wall to wall. You need to subtract a total of 3½ inches from each side that is wall to wall. Choose your end caps.
Measure the left side from the corner of the wall to the end of the unit with ends caps. Then subtract 3 inches for the 90 degree inside corner, then subtract another ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) Repeat for the right side. You need to subtract a total of 3½ inches from both left and right sides. Choose your end caps.
L-Shaped outside radiators ending in the middle of the wall:
Measure from outside corner of the wall A to the end of the radiator unit with end caps attached B, then subtract ½" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Measure from outside corner of the wall to the corner of the wall, then subtract 1/2" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Left leg - measure from the corner out to the end of the radiator subtract 3" for the corner and ½ (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Center leg - measure from corner to corner and subtract 3" for each corner a total of 6"
Right leg - measure from the corner out to the end of the radiator subtract 3" for the corner and ½" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.).
We recommend that you order covers a little longer than normal and cut them on site, as there are many opportunities for mistakes in measuring and installation. By cutting on site you can fit and cut to fit. The covers can be cut with a good quality jigsaw and a fine metal cutting blade.
Now that you’ve learned how to measure baseboard heaters,
you’re ready to order.