When you’re in a hurry to sell your home, you may be tempted to forgo crucial home improvement projects in order to sell more quickly. But ironically enough, the opposite usually occurs. While improvement projects can delay the time until you put your house in the market, it pays off in the long run by adding to the cost you can get for your home and by making it more likely to sell in a timely manner. Here are six home improvement projects that you shouldn’t ignore in a rush to sell your home.
Spruce up the grounds
Just as people judge a book by its cover, prospective buyers will judge a house by its front yard. A little work on landscaping goes a long way because it’s the first thing would-be buyers notice when they pull in front of the house. If the curb appeal isn’t there, many may have a negative view of your home that will taint the whole experience as they move inside. If it’s in your budget, you can have a landscaper come in to do a once-over of if you want to save some money you can do the work yourself.
Love the hardwood
Most buyers prefer hardwood to carpet, at least on the main floor. This is especially true if your carpets are dated. When a prospective buyer walks into your home, they’re thinking about what it’s going to cost to tear up the carpeting and have wood floors installed. But if you anticipate what they want and have the wood flooring installed yourself, you’ll get more for your home and you’ll have an easier time selling it.
Fix windows and doors
In older homes, shifting will cause windows and doors to become difficult to open and close. If you’ve got some doors and/or windows that stick, chances are, buyers will notice. It’s a small detail but replacing doors and windows, especially if you go with energy efficient ones, will make a big difference in buyers’ minds.
Paint or wash walls
Paint color can be one of the biggest turn-offs for would-be buyers. That’s because paint color is very subjective and what one person likes, another person won’t. It can be hard for a buyer to visualize themselves in your home if they aren’t comfortable with the paint color. The best solution is to repaint the interior with a neutral color that will appeal to the widest number of people possible. Already have a neutral color? If so, you may still want to repaint or at least wash the walls. Over time you’ve become used to the wear and tear that is showing on your walls but buyers will notice immediately.
Clean the cabinets
Cleaning out cabinets is a simple task you can do in an hour or two that can make a surprisingly big difference. When buyers come through your home, they’ll be looking inside drawers and cupboards and if they see a mess, it can lessen the experience for them.
Upgrade the lighting
Brightening up the space by installing new lighting is one of the biggest things you can do to change the look of your home. As an added bonus, brighter lighting will make your home appear larger and more open than it actually is.
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.