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There is nothing better than living in a home that feels complete. There’s no more remodeling projects you feel like you need to do, and you are happy with the way it all looks. Unfortunately, that’s not how most people feel about their houses. There is always something to change. Even if you don’t plan on moving anytime soon, it is a good idea to only spend money on changes that will increase your homesale value. Here are some tips to follow when remodeling if you want it to increase your homesale value in the process.
Avoid specialized remodeling
Having a unique design in your home adds character and may be functional for your family. However, some over-the-top designs are a huge turnoff to buyers and may make it much more difficult for you to sell the home. Just remember that anything that changes the general structure of the home in an abnormal way will be difficult for buyers to see themselves fixing back. One home I recently looked at had retro-fitted a bathroom with doors into the shower, so they could easily get their handicapped child into it. And while it worked well for them when they needed it, it was very difficult for them to sell afterwards because nobody wanted to deal with changing it back. They lose a lot of home value on that specialized remodel job.
First impressions can be tough
Decorating the exterior of your home is just as important as the interior, but again, don’t go too crazy. Buyers might not even be willing to come look at your house if they don’t like the way the exterior looks. You might be surprised to find out things like hot tubs and pools actually make a lot of buyers less interested in your home because they take so much maintenance. You are better off adding a couple of trees to boost your home value.
When it comes to paint colors, don’t get too wild. While most people can handle the idea of painting the interior of their home to suite their needs, they are unwilling to paint the exterior of their home unless absolutely necessary. You will look buyers and home value by having an exterior paint that is too crazy.
If you want to do a remodel job that fixes things that need it, then you are probably on the right track. It is good to remember that buyers often ask you to fix things that are in bad shape anyway, so you might as well do it now and enjoy the repairs yourself first. You might need to repair or replace your roof if it is in bad shape. They may ask for a new water heater if it is over 10 years old. Baseboard heater covers give you a beautiful look you want and take attention away from them when buyers are checking out the house. And new appliances in the kitchen give your home a nice, updated look and are a huge selling factor and are something you can use and enjoy.
Remember when remodeling your home to always consider the future buyers you may be dealing with, especially if you have plans to sell it in the future.
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.