Home remodeling is expensive enough even when everything goes according to plan. When there are delays and unforeseen problems during the course of a remodel, it can drive up the cost. Sometimes this is unavoidable but many of the problems that cause remodels to go over budget and over deadline are the result of mistakes on the homeowner’s part. The following four mistakes are ones that most first-time remodelers make.
Demolishing without a plan
Once you tear down walls or gut a space, there’s no going back. Don’t let your hatred for a particular feature in your home lead you to prematurely tear something out before you have a plan to replace it. If you can’t stand the sight of your baseboard heaters any more, you shouldn’t tear them out before researching alternatives. You may find that the cost of installing centralized heating or newer baseboard heaters is out of your budget. Sometimes it’s better to work with your existing space and not against it. Returning to the baseboard heater heaters example, a better solution to ugly baseboard heaters might be shiny new covers for them. Whatever you decide to do, just make sure you have a clear plan in place, a detailed blueprint for contractors to follow and realistic expectations of what it’s going to cost.
Not preparing for contingencies
As mentioned earlier, it’s impossible to completely eliminate the risk of delays and unforeseen costs. As you tear up flooring or remove drywall, you may come across things that aren’t up to code or perhaps you’ll find asbestos or mold or something else that needs to be addressed before work can continue. Because there are no guarantees when it comes to remodeling, you need to set aside extra in your budget, at least 15%, to account for possible problems. If you fail to do this you may run out of money before the work is done or you may have to change course mid-project and end up with a remodel you’re not 100% satisfied with. It’s better to set aside extra and have some left over than to run out of money mid-project.
Not hiring a general contractor
The general contractor is responsible for overseeing the entire project especially when multiple contractors with various specialties will need to be called in. The general contractor manages the schedules of the various subcontractors and will always have a list of reputable contractors for every kind of job. The general contractor keeps everything on schedule and makes sure all the various parts of the project are coming along nicely. Many first-time remodelers look to save money by taking on these responsibilities themselves. It’s harder than many think. First you have to do all the research on subcontractors and even then you might hire someone who does inadequate work. Second, you have to devote a lot of time to being on-site to oversee everything. It’s almost always better when undertaking a larger project to pay the money for a general contractor.
Not measuring correctly (or at all)
Incorrect measuring can lead to all sorts of problems and added costs. Say you’re measuring a space for a new refrigerator and you only measure the front of the opening and not along the wall that the fridge will be placed against. You may have assumed that the measurement at the front would be the same as the back but that’s not necessarily true. An appliance you had delivered may fit in the opening but be too tight a fit towards the back. Now you’re stuck paying a re-stocking fee and another delivery fee to order a replacement.
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.