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There are many reasons to remodel your home. Maybe you want to increase your resale value, or maybe you just want to make it a more comfortable place for you and your family. Maybe you need to increase the functionality of spaces in your home. Whatever the reason, right now it the perfect time to do here. Here are some of the top reasons to remodel your home right now.
Mortgage rates are going up
Mortgage rates have already gone up slightly, and it is anticipated that they will continue to rise. In 2017 alone, we are expecting three separate rate hikes. With rates increasing, home prices usually decrease or remain the same because people can afford less house. That makes this a good time to remodel your home in preparation for a sell.
Financing your remodel project
You can pay for your remodel in cash if you have it, but you may need to get a home equity loan or line of credit. Right now, interest rates are also still fairly low for those lines of credit, which makes it easier to pay for remodel project.
You may not have even realized you can use a line of credit for a remodeling project on your home, but they are readily available. You can get those new countertops, buy your baseboard heater covers, and add a wet bar in your basement with a small loan.
As the economy appears to be doing very well, people are more likely to be doing projects in their homes. There is less to fear and more to gain than there has been for years. You might notice a lot of your friends and family members doing home remodeling jobs too as confidence in the economy increases.
Get a contractor before they are gone
With more consumers feeling confident and wanting to remodel, the number of contractors available to do your work will decrease. More people do their remodeling projects in the summer, so as we get closer to spring, you’ll notice it is even harder to get contractors. Start now before it warms up too much and everyone else starts getting their projects done.
Increasing costs of materials
As the economy rebounds, the price of your materials will also increase. If you decide to do your project now, you’ll save money on all the things you want to buy for your home.
This does not apply if the remodel you want to do involves a lot of technology. A lot of times, technology costs decrease as newer products become available or as the technology becomes cheaper to make. However, why would you want to wait to add smarthome accessories to your home?
Get it over with
The other thing you might consider is that remodeling is a big job, especially if you want to do multiple rooms in your home. Sometimes, it is just easier to do it all and get it over with. It will be inconvenient, but wouldn’t you rather have inconvenience all at once instead of having it spread out over a couple of years?
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.