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Unless you’re one of the few lucky people who has so much money you don’t know what to do with it, chances are you’re very mindful about your budget when planning a remodel. If you haven’t yet thought about a budget, that’s the first thing you’ll want to do before you even think about starting a remodeling project. With that done, you can start prioritizing the various projects you want done and estimating costs to see what you can fit in. For homeowners looking to get the most out of their remodeling budget, here are a few tips.
Work with what you have when possible
The most expensive home remodeling projects are ones that involve changing the structure of the house somehow. Not only does this require an architect and probably a general contractor, but it also involves weeks or even months of work. So if at all possible, the first and biggest way to stretch your budget is to find creative ways to work with what you already have. Need more square footage? Instead of knocking down walls or building onto your home, you might need to find ways to incorporate storage space into your existing floor plan. Tired of the look of your kitchen cabinets? You can repaint or re-stain them or even just replace the handles on them. Don’t like the look of your baseboard radiators, install snap-on baseboard heater covers instead of having them torn out. Remodeling a bathroom? Leave the main features like the sink, shower, and toilet where they are so a plumber doesn’t have to come in and redo all the plumbing.
Settle for mid-grade materials
Homeowners planning a remodel don’t like the word "settle," but keep in mind that mid-grade doesn’t mean poor quality. Mid-grade materials can be just as functional and attractive but much less expensive. Your contractor may even know how to get his/her hands on some leftover materials from completed projects at a fraction of the cost. Of course when selecting less expensive materials, it’s still important to make sure you’re getting good quality materials that will last.
DIY but know your limits
There are plenty of home improvement projects you can do yourself to save some money. Repainting the interior of your home is doable for the average homeowner. Though you’ll have to invest in brushes, rolling pans, clothes to protect your furniture and flooring, and of course paint, it’s still cheaper than paying someone else to do it. There are some projects you should definitely stay away from especially if it’s potentially dangerous, requires special equipment that’s too expensive to buy only to be used once, or requires lots of experience. Undertaking these kinds of projects will most likely cause you to lose more money than you save when it’s all said and done and in some cases, you may end up needing to call in the pros anyways. Even when there’s a project that will require professionals, such as re-carpeting, you can limit costs by doing some of the preparation work, like removing and discarding old carpeting, yourself.
Don’t be afraid to bargain
Be patient, wait for good sales, plan remodels for the off-season when contractors are hurting for work, and always try to negotiate on prices. Don’t worry about being that annoying person who is always trying to save a dollar. When remodeling, the more you can save the more you can accomplish with the budget you have.
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.