One of the best upgrades you can in your home is to complete an unfinished basement. With fewer homes on the market and home value climbing, it’s truly a seller’s market and there’s never been a safer time to invest some money into your property. One of the things that prospective buyers are looking for is a completed basement that’s move-in ready and doesn’t require any additional work. Here are six considerations to make when completing that basement.
Return on investment
When remodeling, you always want to keep ROI in mind regardless of the project unless there’s zero chance you’ll be moving. According to Remodeling Magazine’s 2016 Cost vs. Value Report, the average cost to complete a basement is about $61,000 and the average return on that investment is about 70%. That makes it one of the best home upgrades for ROI. It’s significantly better than the ROI you could expect by adding a bathroom or master suite.
Depending on where you live and the local regulations, there’s a good chance that by completing your unfinished basement, you can add the square footage of the basement to your home’s total square footage which automatically to your property’s value considerably.
Be smart about design
You’ll get the most out of your basement remodel if you incorporate design choices that are attractive and appealing to the widest possible number of people. Home theaters, man caves and other highly customized or quirky remodels that are designed just for you are riskier investments.
Water is not your friend
Water is a basement’s worst enemy since water always runs downhill, and that means it ends up in your basement where it can cause a lot of damage. Before anything else, make sure your basement is waterproofed. Have a professional (don’t even think about doing this job yourself) and have all walls and floors sealed. Invest in a good dehumidifier as well.
Pay attention to the ceiling
Ceilings are usually out-of-sight and out-of-mind but since basement ceilings often tend to be cracked or otherwise damaged, they will stand out to you and to prospective buyers so spend a little money now to repair them and make them attractive. You’re already putting a lot into completing your basement so don’t do it halfway.
Think about heating
Since basements are at least partially below ground, they tend to be the coldest rooms in the home. Some basements aren’t connected to the rest of the home’s heating system at all. There are many options when it comes to keeping a basement warm. One option is a baseboard radiator system since they tend to be more energy efficient and work best in rooms that just don’t want to stay warm. If you decide to go with baseboard heaters, make them more attractive by installing snap-on baseboard heater covers.
Source: West Side Connect
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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" will be compatible with our standard cover.
Any measurement greater than 9 3/8" 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" will fit our standard cover.
A measurement of 7 1/2" to 8 3/4" 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" inches from the wall will fit our
Any measurement of less than 3 1/8" 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 use the self-tapping screws to secure them to the top of your existing wallplate.
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 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™ 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.