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When people choose to remodel their homes, they’re usually thinking first and foremost about their own lifestyles and preferences. There’s nothing wrong with remodeling to make your home more enjoyable for you. However, in a world of financial certainties, it’s important to keep in mind that the home you’re remodeling may not always be yours. Some life circumstance may take you to another part of the country and you may have to sell the home you’ve put so much money into. When this happens, you’ll wish that you thought more about return on investment when you planned your home remodel. Here are some of the best home improvements when it comes to adding to your home’s value.
Modern, functional kitchen
Buyers are swayed by kitchens and bathrooms more than anything else so it makes to spend a good chunk of your remodeling budget there. The kitchen, especially, is important. Kitchens that are very high-end won’t recoup much of the cost but a nice remodel that is focused on making the kitchen more modern and functional is one of the smartest projects you can do. Make sure there’s plenty of storage and that cabinets are easy to reach. Solid countertops made from natural materials like marble can really influence a prospective buyer.
A second (or third) bathroom
You’ll have a tough time selling a home with just one bathroom so turn that underutilized storage area into a second bathroom. If you have two bathrooms you may want to consider adding a third. Believe it or not, adding another bathroom to your home can actually turn a profit. You can recoup as much as 130% of what you spend on the project.
Don’t spend all your money on the home’s interior. If buyers have a bad first impression when they pull up to the curb, a nice interior may not be enough to change their minds. Landscaping doesn’t need to be extravagant. In fact, extravagant landscaping can overwhelm buyers who feel it’s too much to maintain. But a few hundred dollars spent on some simple pruning, planting, and weeding can go a long way in helping you sell your home.
Nothing dates a home like outdated light bulbs and light fixtures. Swap out bulbs with bright, energy efficient ones. Fancy features like lights that can be dimmed or lights activated by motion sensor are also a good investment. Don’t stop with the lighting itself. Upgrade the light fixtures throughout your home as well.
All things energy efficient
Home buyers are more environmentally conscious than ever before. The more energy efficient your house the better. You can replace windows and doors with ones that are more energy efficient. You can install solar panels on your roof or choose a cool roof option. New insulation for the attic and new, energy efficient appliances throughout your home are also good ideas.
The small and simple things
Many homeowners mistakenly believe that it’s the big, expensive remodels that will help their home sell but often, these are the ones that don’t recoup much of the cost. Remember that even small, inexpensive projects are worth the time and money if they help sell your home.
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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.