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When buying a home, you’re understandably anxious to move in as soon as possible. But you can save yourself a lot of trouble if you take the time to resolve a couple of home improvement projects before you do. The following projects only get harder once you’ve moved in so it’s better to be patient, and put off moving day to make sure they’re taken care of first.
Change the locks
Before you put your belongings, and even more important, your family, into the new home, you need to ensure that anyone who might have access to keys to the home aren’t able to get in. No matter how much you trust the previous owners and even if you know them personally, this is a good idea because you never know who they may have given keys to.
Replace or clean the floors
It’s easier to install new flooring or to have the carpets cleaned when you haven’t yet moved all your furniture in. If you’ve ever had to do this, you know how big a pain it is to move all of your furniture out of a room and have the floors replaced one room at a time.
Repair or replace the roof
If the home inspection turned up any issues with the roof, then you need to take care of it before move in day. Roofing issues can turn into roof leaks and you don’t want your furniture or other belongings being damaged by water. You may be able to get the home seller to pay for the work or at least lower the sale price for the home a bit.
Remove popcorn ceilings
Despite the fact that popcorn ceilings look hideous and are hated by all of America, they’re still surprisingly common, especially in older homes. Though they’re not too difficult to remove--all you have to do is moisten the area then scrape it off--it is difficult to clean up if the shavings fall all over and around your furnishings. If you tackle this project before moving in, simply lay down some plastic sheeting and when you’re done removing the popcorn ceiling, roll it up and throw it away.
Fix any leaks
The roof isn’t the only way water can get into your home. If the home inspection reveals any problems with the siding, foundation, or any other parts of the home where water can get it, don’t want till you move in to take care of it.
You don’t want to spend a single day in a home that isn’t child- or pet-proofed because that’s all it takes for something to go wrong. So if you have young children and/or pets, make sure that any stairs in the home are blocked by a safety gate. Also make sure any cupboards or drawers where you plan to store chemicals, knives, or other hazardous things are child-locked as well.
After move-in day
With these projects out of your way you can move in and then continue the work of making it yours. All the other projects you have in mind whether it’s replacing the cabinets, upgrading the lighting, or installing baseboard heater covers.
Are your old baseboard heaters worn and becoming an eyesore? It may be time to upgrade your home with decorative baseboard heater 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.