According to a recent study conducted by Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, homeowners will spend an estimated $325 billion on home remodeling and repairs this year. Spring and summer are the busiest seasons for home remodeling projects when the weather is warmer and homeowners have hopefully received a tax return that they’re looking to invest back into their home. Home improvement projects is a great way to spend money because it’s an investment that can pay off big down the road if you decide to sell your home. But not all remodeling projects are as good of an investment as others. According to the National Association of Realtor’s "Remodeling Impact Report" here are the best and worst remodeling projects based on how they impact your home’s value.
Best indoor remodeling project
According to the NAR’s report, the number one interior home improvement was a kitchen remodel. The cost to upgrade a kitchen is approximately $30,000 on average. This project will add about $20,000 to the home’s value on average for a 66% return on investment. Another reason this is a great remodeling project to consider is that the kitchen is what buyers are most interested in when they look at a home so a kitchen remodel can not only increase the value of your home but make it easier to sell as well.
Worst indoor remodeling project
The worst indoor home improvement you can make is a closet renovation. Though this project is a lot cheaper than a kitchen remodel (an average of $3,500) only 1% of realtors said that a new closet helped them close a deal on a sale. So while you might benefit from a closet remodel, keep in mind that it’s probably not going to help you sell your home or add to its value.
Best outdoor remodeling project
The NAR’s report found that when it came to outdoor home improvements, buyers value structural upgrades over decorative ones. The number one exterior renovation was a new roof. The cost of a new roof is about $7,600 on average but it can literally pay for itself when you factor in energy savings, tax credits, and the increased value to your home. In fact, you can end up making money on this investment.
Worst outdoor remodeling project
The worst exterior renovation, the report found, was replacing the entry door. A new front door costs an average of $2,000 to $2,500 so it’s a relatively inexpensive project but as with a closet renovation, only 1% of realtors said it helped them close a sale. The one good thing about a front door replacement is that it does recoup 75% of the cost at sale, it’s just not a determining factor when prospective buyers are deciding whether to make an offer.
Source: NBC News
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The following DIY secrets can help you with your redecorating and home improvement, get great results with limited funds...
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" will be compatible with our standard cover.
Any measurement greater than 9 3/8" 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" will fit our standard cover.
A measurement of 7 1/2" to 8 3/4" 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" inches from the wall will fit our
Any measurement of less than 3 1/8" 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 use the self-tapping screws to secure them to the top of your existing wallplate.
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 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™ 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.