Remodeling contractors handle a lot of projects in a given year. As a result, they work with a wide variety of homeowners and see the best and worst when it comes to planning and executing a remodeling project. Sometimes homeowners are a great help to the remodeler during the process. Other times, not so much. Here are a few things that remodeling contractors wish their clients knew going into a remodeling project.
The importance for detailed plans and a budget
The job of a remodeling contractor is infinitely harder when he/she doesn’t have a clear idea of what it is the homeowners want and what they’re willing to spend. Homeowners need to have a clear vision for the remodel, an understanding of its scope, and a realistic budget. If the scope of the project or the budget changes during the project somewhat, the contractor can roll with it, but if there is no clear plan or budget, it’s impossible to please the client.
The importance of planning for contingencies
If there’s one thing you can count on with a remodel, it’s that something you can’t count on will happen. There are almost always hidden costs and unforeseen problems when the work actually begins. Homeowners who haven’t prepared for this may not have room in the budget for them and the project is halted or scaled down to accommodate. Projects can go much more smoothly if homeowners have allowed for an extra 12 to 15% in their budget and timeline for contingencies.
The importance of sticking to the plan
There are few things as frustrating to a remodeling contractor as a homeowner than can’t make up his/her mind. It really delays the project and makes things difficult when homeowners keep changing their minds about what they want. Homeowners should make a plan and stick to it if at all possible.
The importance of realistic expectations
Remodeling projects are messy affairs and many homeowners are so focused on how wonderful the finished project will be that they aren’t prepared for how difficult the process will be while it’s ongoing. There will be dust and noise and other inconveniences and contractors will work with homeowners to limit it but there’s only so much they can do.
The importance of hiring the right contractor
Finally, and most importantly, licensed, insured, and qualified contractors want homeowners to stop cutting corners by hiring amateurs who don’t know what they’re doing. For one, it means less work for them, and for two, they often get called in afterwards to fix all the mistakes and it’s much more difficult. Homeowners that are looking to hire contractors should make sure than anyone they’re considering has a license to do what they do and that they’re insured. Contractors should be vetted and have a good reputation in the community in which they work.
Source: WestChester Magazine
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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" will be compatible with our standard cover.
Any measurement greater than 9 3/8" 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" will fit our standard cover.
A measurement of 7 1/2" to 8 3/4" 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" inches from the wall will fit our
Any measurement of less than 3 1/8" 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 use the self-tapping screws to secure them to the top of your existing wallplate.
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 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™ 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.