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Getting ready to sell your home can be a lot of work. You need to get an estimate on what you can sell for, you want to wait for the right time to sell (typically in the spring), and you need to do many projects to get your house looking presentable and to increase your home's value as much as possible. But how do you know what remodel projects are a waste of money and which ones will pay off? Here are some helpful remodel tips for getting the best payoff in 2017.
Stick with minor projects
One of the best pieces of advice is to pick minor projects to work on instead of diving into anything major. When you do major projects, it costs a lot of money, and usually the payoff isn’t very good, according to Time. For example, completely gutting everything in your kitchen to get the best stuff possible isn’t going to increase your home’s value much more than just a fresh coat of paint on the cabinets.
Kitchens and bathrooms are a good start
People look at an empty room and see all kinds of possibilities for how they can paint it or where to put their furniture, but kitchens and bathrooms can’t be changed very easily. They look at those rooms as permanent, so it is important they look nice. Painting or staining cabinets, new updated fixtures, and a even stainless steel appliances all go a long way to increasing your property value and selling your house. If your bathroom feels gross, people won’t want to live there, and if your kitchen feels tight and dirty, nobody will want to eat there let alone cook there.
Cover up sore spots
If your washer and dryer are sitting in the kitchen, covering them with doors or curtains will make them seem less imposing in the room. And if you have old, ugly baseboard heaters, covering them with baseboard heater covers will help make them disappear into the decor of the room. Nobody ever has to notice all the ugly things that can’t be fixed or moved if you do a good job of making them disappear.
Paint in neutral colors
The best thing you can do as a remodel project before the you sell your home in 2017 is to paint everything. If you have white walls that are starting to look dirty, paint them to look fresh. And if you have any colors on the walls that aren’t neutral, it is important that you paint over them too. Sure, you might love having a whole room filled with pink walls, but most people don’t like bold colors. Even if they do, they prefer to pick it out and do it themselves. So painting everything neutral colors will help make your buyers feel like they can make it their home.
A lot of people finish their basements in hopes it will boost their home’s value a lot. And while it does help your value to have a finished basement, remember that in most places, the finishes in your basement don’t matter much to the overall value. The price per sq ft in an appraisal doesn’t account much for how nicely finished a basement is. Most of the value in the home comes from the upstairs layout and finishes. Adding rooms is valuable regardless of how nicely it is done, so don’t waste a bunch of money on extra things you don’t need if you are simply finishing your basement to get a good sale.
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.