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Most homeowners choose to remodel their homes because they want it to better suit their family’s ever-changing needs and their taste in design. But because we live in a world of financial uncertainties, it’s hard not to also consider the financial repercussions of a remodeling project. Some home improvement projects add considerable value to the property while others barely effect the home’s value at all. Some projects can even make it harder to sell your home. So before you start remodeling your home, you have to consider the likelihood that you will eventually move out and how soon it might be. The longer you plan to stay, the more you might consider remodeling projects that won’t necessarily add value to your home but will make your life in the home better. But if you may be moving in the next few years, it’s essential that you give careful thought to how a given project might affect resale value. Here are six home improvements that recoup so much of the initial cost, they practically pay for themselves.
Modern, functional, energy-efficient kitchen
Your kitchen is the most important room in the home when it’s time to sell. More than anything else, buyers will be looking for a modern, functional kitchen complete with energy-efficient appliances. Buyers appreciate a more open concept and the maximum amount of cabinet and cupboard space possible given the square footage. Don’t go too glamorous with the kitchen remodel though or you won’t recoup nearly the amount you put into it.
Adding square footage to your home by building onto it is one of the least cost effective remodels. But you can add a bedroom or bathroom without adding square footage if you get creative. If you’ve got a den/home office you’re not using, you can build a closet and close off the room with a door if it doesn’t already have one. It’s an inexpensive way to add a bedroom and it’s one of the few projects that can actually make you money. Adding a bathroom is a little trickier and will cost more but it’s still a cost effective remodel.
Spend a few hundred dollars on landscaping if you’re planning on selling in the immediate future. You don’t have to do anything dramatic, in fact you shouldn’t, but some pruning and a few new plants or trees can help you sell your home and may even impress prospective buyers enough that they will offer more than they otherwise would.
Would-be buyers love modern lighting and it won’t cost you a fortune to do it. Swap out any dated light fixtures for nicer, more modern-looking ones. Go with energy efficient bulbs. If you want to add a nice touch, you can use dimmers and/or motion sensors to make lighting perfect for all occasions.
All things energy efficient
Energy efficient appliances were already mentioned for the kitchen remodel above but it’s worth mentioning that any home improvements that make your home more energy efficient is a safe investment. Energy efficient doors and windows, solar panels, on the roof, and water-saving toilets will not only add value to your home, but it will help you save money on gas, electricity, and water in the meantime. It may even earn you some tax credits as well.
Finally, it’s important to keep in mind that it’s the small, inexpensive projects, that tend to yield the best results. Huge, costly projects like building a home office, home theater, or sunroom may seem nice, but buyers aren’t usually swayed by these and may actually prefer a home without those features. So when in doubt, use your remodeling budget for remodeling projects you can do in a day or two like replacing a front door .
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Not every home baseboard radiator has standard dimensions. Learn the steps to installing a long baseboard radiator cover and persist through the challenge.
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.