Now that the economy is better than it’s been in a while, many homeowners are looking to invest some money into upgrading their home. It’s projected that home remodeling spending will increase by nearly 10% in 2017. If you’re one of the many homeowners looking to do some home remodeling in the coming year, there are some things to consider first.
Are you going to stay or sell?
It’s crucial to start by asking this question. The answer will determine what kind of a remodel you want to do. When you’re remodeling your home because you’re planning on staying a long while and want to make it perfect, there’s no such thing as a wasted project. If it increases your quality of life in your home, it’s worthwhile.
But if there’s a good chance you’ll be selling in the next few years, then you’re going to need to be a little more careful when remodeling. Your main concern should be your return on investment (ROI). The last thing you want to do is sink a fortune into your remodel only to recoup very little when you sell your home. Some remodeling projects will get a much better ROI than others. Here are five ROI friendly home remodeling projects.
Minor kitchen remodel
Kitchens sell homes. Any realtor will tell you. But what many homeowners don’t realize is that a full-scale kitchen makeover can actually make it harder to sell your home if it drives up the home’s value beyond what other homes in the neighborhood are worth. A better strategy is to do a minor kitchen remodel. Spend several thousand to install new countertops, replace the cabinets, and upgrade the lighting. Unless the appliances and the flooring are in bad shape, consider leaving those as they are.
Entry door replacement
According to cost vs. value reports, replacing the front door is the most valuable remodeling project you can do. Best of all, it adds curb appeal and can be done in just an hour or two. Spend a little more on a steel door to get the best return on your investment.
Homeowners are more concerned with being environmentally conscious than ever before. Many home buyers are willing to pay extra for energy efficient windows so it’s a good idea to replace your existing ones with the most energy efficient windows you can find.
Adding bedrooms is the more surefire way to increase your home’s value. Converting an attic space into a bedroom can cost quite a bit of money but much of that will be recouped and you get to enjoy the use of it as long as you remain in your home. If you’ve got a den or home office that isn’t being used for its intended purpose, you can turn that into a bedroom as well just by adding a closet.
Adding a wood deck in your backyard for barbequing and entertaining guests will run you about $6,000 but you can expect to get back about 80% when you sale and you’ll have a great deck so your family and friends can enjoy the outdoors a little more.
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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.