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If it’s been awhile since your home or apartment has had a woman’s touch, then it’s probably due for some cleaning and redecorating before you invite one over. There’s some truth to the stereotype that men tend to be less concerned with the care of their home and it can be a major turn-off for your romantic interest you’ve been courting. So if you’re finally ready to take the step of letting her live with you, there are a few things you need to do first.
Clean the bathroom
If you’ve been living alone, there’s a good chance that the bathroom has been neglected. Hairs around the sink and toilet and yellow stains around the toilet bowl are going to put on a damper on things straightaway so it’s the first thing you should tackle. It’s not enough to just pick up the clothes on the floor. If you don’t already have the necessary cleaning supplies, invest in some good cleaning products--the stuff with bleach in it that actually kill germs. You’ll need to deep clean the entire bathroom getting every square inch of the toilet, floor, mirror, sink, countertops, and bath/shower.
Invest in some new sheets
Sheets start to take on a smell overtime even after they’ve been laundered plus they start to look faded and worn out. If you only do one thing to your bedroom, replace the sheets with new ones. This is one purchase you don’t want to skimp on. Get something high quality with a high thread count that will last a long time and feel nice on the skin.
Improve the smell
No matter how nice you clean up, your home still won’t seem inviting if it doesn’t smell good, even if it doesn’t exactly smell bad. For a few dollars and a little bit of time you can have the whole home or apartment smelling great by lighting some candles or by plugging in some kind of fragrance diffuser. If you know favorite scents, go with those.
Get rid of the dorm room decor
Since it won’t be just your home anymore, you don’t get to call all the interior decorating shots. If you’ve still got foam fingers from back in your college days or band, movie, or team posters or other "bro decor" in your home, you’re going to have to take it down so can feel comfortable in the home as well. You don’t have to throw out everything, you can set aside a space for yourself and turn it into a man cave that you can decorate to your heart’s content.
Make room for her things
Unless she’s one of those rare females that has very few belongings, she’s going to require a decent amount of space--in the closet, bathroom, and dresser especially but probably elsewhere as well. You might as well go through your things and get rid of stuff you don’t want or need anymore now before she moves in so she has plenty of space to unpack into.
Install baseboard radiator covers
While those old baseboard radiators that line the walls of your home might add some vintage charm, they can be an eyesore. Fortunately, you can make them look a lot nicer without tearing them out by simply installing baseboard radiator covers over them.
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.