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When you are preparing to sell your home you don’t have to completely remodel it. In fact, you probably shouldn’t since you likely won’t get a get return on your investment. You do however need to put some effort into fixing certain things if you want to sell your home quickly and get a good price for it.
Fix the easy-to-fix problems
If your kitchen is too-small and outdated and it will cost tens of thousands to remodel it, let prospective buyers decide whether they want to invest in a fixer upper. But if you have a faucet that drips or dirty carpets, or some other problem that can be fixed by a reasonable amount of money, then take care of it before you list it. There’s no reason not to clean your carpets or replaced leaking faucets or fix any other easily fixable problems. They’re short, simple projects many of which you can do yourself for little money and they make your home easier to sell. Even though they’re little things, prospective buyers will notice.
Even though buyers know the home will be empty when they move in, it’s still hard to shake that negative impression they get when they see the home overly cluttered. There may be some buyers who are able to see the potential in the dirtiest and most cluttered spaces but most people can’t do that so take the time to declutter and clean up before showing your home. You may need to rent a storage unit temporarily to store excess things until you sell your home and move into a new one. You may want to pay for a professional home stager to make your home as presentable as possible. When decluttering, make sure to remove family photos since they hinder prospective buyers from being able to visualize themselves in the home which is what you want.
Price it fairly
If you’re like most people, your home represents your largest investment and not just monetarily. You may have spent years in it, growing your family, making improvements, pouring money into upgrades. I holds tremendous financial and sentimental value to you so it can be hard to put a dollar figure on it. But you have to. Don’t try to factor in that sentimental value into the price of your home. Remodeling work can be factored into the cost in some cases but it depends on what kind of remodeling. Remember that your home’s value is determined by the market and what people are willing to pay for it, not what you put into it. If you are planning to remodel before selling, try to prioritize less expensive upgrades that improve both functionality and aesthetics. Don’t spend a fortune on a luxury kitchen remodel that you won’t be able to recoup.
Get rid of eye-sores
Does your home have a patterned wallpaper that many would find unattractive? Does it have old, rusty baseboard radiators? These kinds of things create an immediate negative impression that prospective buyers won’t be able to stop thinking about even if everything else looks great. Tear down wallpaper and repaint everything a nice, neutral off-white or beige. Cover old baseboard radiators with shiny new baseboard radiator covers.
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.