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If your home has fallen into disrepair, it can be very difficult to sell it at the price you want. So whether you’re planning on selling in the next few months, or you don’t have any immediate plans to sell, it’s always a good idea to be thinking about how to boost your home’s value with some home improvement projects. Some projects are more cost-effective than others. Here is a list of five of the best home improvement projects when it comes to adding to your home’s value and helping you sell.
Make an enticing exterior
Your home’s exterior is one place where you’ll really want to focus your home improvements. After all, if there’s no curb appeal, a prospective buyer may not be able to get that bad taste out of their mouth even if the interior of the home looks great. You’ll want the front landscaping to be inviting so plant some fresh flowers and shrubs and surround them with some high-grade mulch.
While you’re at it, give the front door a fresh coat of paint or replace it completely. Repaint the trim and the railings as well. If your house numbers are dull or too small, replace them with shiny, new ones. Clean up any clutter on your porch. With all that done, it’s just a matter of maintaining the look until you sell.
Fresh interior paint
A simple and cost-effective project that will drastically change the way your home looks is a fresh coat of interior paint. Bright, bold colors isn’t the way to go, however. Try to stick with neutral colors as these will appeal to the greatest number of people which is what you want to strive for when you’re planning on selling. If you want to save some money you can probably do this project yourself.
Another cost-effective project that you can do yourself, probably in a single day, is replace the hardware and fixtures throughout your home. Rather than break the bank trying to replace all your cabinetry in the kitchen, swap out all the hardware with some shiny new knobs or pulls. You can also update the look in your bathrooms by replacing the sink fixtures and the hardware for the bathroom cupboards and drawers.
Replace old lighting
Nothing dates a home like old lighting. Bright, energy efficient lighting will make it much easier to sell your home. Bright lighting also opens up a space and makes it appear larger and more inviting. Track lighting in the kitchen is an especially popular project that prospective buyers appreciate.
Replace flooring where needed
No matter how nice the rest of your home is, prospective won’t be able to help but notice what they’re stepping on when they walk through your door. If you have old, dingy, outdated carpet or if your wood or tile floors are damaged in places, you’ll want to have the flooring replaced. It may cost a fair amount, depending on how much you need to replace but it will be worth the investment.
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.