Whether you’re planning on selling your home in the very near future or you’re waiting for the last of your children to leave the nest, it’s important that you keep your home in good shape so that you won’t have any trouble selling it. While it’s a good idea to put some money into upgrading the kitchen and bathrooms, these interior home improvements won’t make any difference if prospective buyers aren’t impressed when they pull up in front of the house. Great curb appeal is important to getting buyers inside your home when you’re trying to sell it. Here are five ways that you can help your home to make a better first impression on buyers.
After years of living in your home, you become used to it and you no longer see it objectively. The first step in boosting the curb appeal of your home is developing the ability to see your home as though you were seeing it from the first time. Even if you feel a little weird, walk out to the sidewalk in front of your home and just stare at your house as if it was the first time you ever saw it. Try to see it as prospective buyers would. Are there any glaring problems? If so, make note of them so you can get them fixed. There should be a clearly defined path to the front door, even if you never use it. The porch should be well-lit and the house numbers should be clearly visible from the street. If the garage door or front door are looking worn, you may want to replace them or repaint them as they make a big impression.
You can do a lot of the home improvement work yourself but there are some things you may want to bring in a professional for. If you’ve never done landscaping before, then anything beyond mowing the lawn, pulling weeds, and planting new flowers might be beyond your abilities. There’s no shame in admitting that you don’t have the expertise for a given project and it’s better to leave it to a pro than to attempt it yourself and do it incorrectly.
Every house has its own unique style. You don’t want to ruin that as you work on your home’s exterior. Try to make home improvements that accent and complement your home’s original style without trying to transform it into something it isn’t.
Cost and value are two very different things. While it’s important to consider the cost of a certain home improvement project, it’s at least equally important to consider the value of that same project. Some projects will cost a lot and won’t give you much of a return on your investment while other projects might recoup nearly all of the cost.
You can make all the improvements to your home you want but if your yard doesn’t look desirable, you still won’t have great curb appeal so don’t be afraid to spend a little on some landscaping work. Have the yard aerated and seeded. Put in some fresh mulch for the planter areas. Plant some new flowers, shrubs, and trees. You may want to consider bringing in a landscaper or a lawn service professional.
Source: Detroit Free Press
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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 less than 3 1/8" (76mm) inches from the wall will fit our standard cover.
Any measurement less than 3 1/8" (76mm) 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.
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.
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.
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.