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Whether you’re currently trying to get your home on the market or you just know that you don’t plan to live in it forever, it’s a good idea to consider what things prospective buyers will appreciate when you remodel. Many homeowners make the mistake of remodeling solely to their own preferences and have trouble selling the home later on, or at the very least, they’re not able to get much ROI due to the projects they picked. The following projects not only earn a great ROI, they make your home easier to sell because they’re projects that are a big hit with prospective buyers and in most cases, they’re projects that buyers would do anyways once they purchase the home.
While kitchen remodeling trends come and go, one that has remained constant is the popularity of stone countertops as opposed to tile or laminate. There are various types of stone countertops at varying price points that you can choose from. Marble is the most expensive and generally seen as the most attractive. Granite or quartz are less porous so they don’t stain or etch as easily and they’re also less expensive than marble.
When remodeling to sell or boost ROI, it’s important to do some work that creates curb appeal. If all the work is inside, some would-be buyers will never see it, or if they do, they might already be turned off by the sub-par appearance from the outside. A little landscaping work--planting new trees, flowers, and shrubs, putting in new soil, and keeping the lawn and plants neatly trimmed--goes a long way.
Install solar panels
This project may not be a good idea depending on where you live--the pacific northwest isn’t exactly known for it’s sunshiny days--but if your home is situated somewhere where it gets a lot of direct sunlight throughout the day, then solar panels are a sound investment. Not only will they boost ROI considerably, but you’ll benefit from the practically non-existent energy bills in the meantime.
Finish your basement
Prospective buyers love basements--they can be used to house an entertainment room, guest bedrooms, or even a mother-in-law apartment. But an unfinished basement is often more trouble than the would-be buyer wants to deal with. Thought it may cost a considerable amount of money to finish the basement, it will be worth it since buyers will be willing to pay more for it.
Get hardwood flooring
Hardwood flooring is another one of those things that seems like it will never go out of style. If you can’t afford real hardwood, there are laminate flooring options that simulate the look of real wood very well plus they’re more durable and require less maintenance.
Install baseboard radiator covers
You can cover up old, rusty baseboard radiators for much less than it would cost to tear them out and replace them with a central heating system by simply purchasing snap-on baseboard radiator covers. It will make them look brand new again and it won’t be an eyesore for would-be buyers who come to look at your home.
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.