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A home remodel can cost thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars depending on the scope of the project. Furthermore, the majority of remodels end up costing more than homeowners anticipated. If you don’t want to go into more debt than you planned, or lose your home that you borrowed against, or leave the project unfinished due to insufficient funds, then the following tips can help.
Don’t go in with an open budget
No matter how much money you have in savings or how much equity you have in your home to borrow against, or how much available credit you have on your credit cards, you shouldn’t go into a remodel with the mindset that you’ll pay for it whatever the cost. There are many different things that can drive up the costs of a remodel and if you haven’t done your research to come up with a realistic estimate, you can be blindsided by the bills that start to pile up. Decide on an amount up front that is the maximum you want to spend on remodeling. Next make a list of what you want to accomplish with a remodel. Finally do extensive research to come up with realistic estimates for these projects and prioritize the ones most important to you if it will cost more than you want to pay.
Do one room at a time
If you plan to remodel multiple rooms, plan to complete them as several smaller projects as opposed to one big one. The more you try to tackle in one go, the more likely there are to be unforeseen costs and delays which can cause a remodel to go over budget. It’s easier to budget for a one- or two-room remodel and once it’s done and paid for, you can set your sights on the next project.
Work with what you have
The most expensive kinds of remodels are ones that entail changing the floor plan, electrical systems, or plumbing since they require subcontractors to come in and tear down walls. This is expensive in and of itself plus it’s more likely to lead to complications which will require even more money. If at all possible try to remodel within the existing space and layout. That means no additions and no moving tubs, showers, or sinks to different locations in the bathroom or kitchen. If you need to get more space out of a remodel, focus on creative storage solutions like foldaway beds, bunk beds, beds with storage underneath, storage ottomans, etc...
Tackle the easy projects yourself
You can also save money by limiting the work that you’re paying contractors to do. There are certainly jobs that should be left to professionals especially if it’s work that requires a license, special equipment, or special training. So while you shouldn’t be doing anything with your electrical wiring, you can do simpler tasks like replacing light fixtures, and while you shouldn’t be doing plumbing work, you can replace a bathroom or kitchen faucet. Other DIY projects to consider are peel and stick vinyl countertop application, cabinet refacing, or baseboard heater cover installation.
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 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.