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There are several advantages to renting as opposed to buying a home and more and more Americans are choosing to rent longer before buying a home. But one thing not on that list of advantages is the freedom to remodel and redecorate as you see fit. If you want to get that security deposit back after moving out, you have to play by your landlord’s rules. The following tips will tell you which projects to avoid and which ones you can probably get away with.
It doesn’t hurt to ask
Before getting into specific projects you should or shouldn’t do, it’s good to remember that it doesn’t hurt to ask your landlord for permission regarding a project you’re considering. Many landlords are happy to let you make certain upgrades to the apartment or home if you’re the one paying for them and doing the work. Some may even be willing to help pay for the materials. On the other hand, the answer might be a no. So unless your contract specifically states that you can or can’t do a given project, don’t be afraid to run the idea by landlord or property manager.
New light bulbs
You will almost certainly need permission to do anything with the electrical wiring in your rented home or apartment but even the strictest landlords won’t complain about upgrading the lighting since you can always swap out the new bulbs for the old ones again before you move out, just be sure to store them in a safe place where they won’t get lost or broken. LED bulbs are a good investment since they use less energy and last a lot longer. Some LED bulbs are even dimmable and can be controlled by an app on your mobile device.
If you paint, paint light
This is one where you’ll definitely want to ask the landlord since many won’t be okay with this but you shouldn’t assume that just because you’re renting it doesn’t mean you can’t repaint the interior. If you’re repainting to match the existing color because it’s become worn looking, there’s a better chance your landlord will say yes and may even pay for all the paint. If you want a different color, your landlord may be willing to allow it if it’s light and neutral and it can be easily painted over when you move out.
New shower head
You don’t have to put up with a cheap shower head for however many years while you’re renting. As long as you take care to remove the existing one without damaging it and you store it away where you won’t lose it, you can install whatever shower head you want and then swap it back out and take it with you when you move.
Baseboard radiator covers
If your rented home or apartment has a baseboard radiator system instead of central heating and you’re not crazy about the look, you don’t have to tear them out. You can purchase baseboard radiator covers and install them by snapping them into place. If your landlord doesn’t want them, you can easily remove them and throw them away when you leave.
The holiday season is approaching faster than expected, and the clock is ticking to get your home ready to host family gatherings. But cleaning isn’t the only thing you should be thinking about. With family members congregating in your home, this is also the perfect time to upgrade and liven up that space. Use a few of these easy upgrades for your home during the holidays to get you started.
With winter fast approaching, our baseboard heaters have become an essential part of our everyday comfort. However, despite how much we need them to keep us warm amidst frigid temperatures, they could become a hazard for younger family members. As such, you must take additional steps to childproof your baseboard heating systems to prevent a tragic accident from occurring.
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.