Three questions to consider before you remodel

Three questions to consider before you remodel

Home remodeling is never as easy as they make it look on TV. For the eager homeowner anxious to do some remodeling work, it’s worth taking some time to carefully consider if it’s the right decision. There are at least three important questions that every homeowner considering a DIY remodel should ask first.

Do I have enough time?

Remodeling projects have a tendency to take longer than expected. One way to avoid this is to have more realistic expectations from the start. When considering a given remodeling project, it’s always a good idea to sit down and write up a step-by-step list of all the aspects to the project that must be completed as well as a realistic timeframe to complete all of these steps. Even then it’s probably a good idea to add some additional time as a contingency. The internet can be a great resource in researching realistic estimates for various projects. With this done, you’re ready to examine your own circumstances and determine whether this is a project you can feasibly fit into your schedule. If you’re not absolutely certain that you can dedicate the time that will be necessary for the duration of the project, then this project may not be of the DIY variety.

Is there a potential for injury?

For obvious reasons, homeowners should avoid any project that comes with a reasonable chance of serious injury. There are many different ways that home remodeling can be hazardous. If a project will require the use of tools that can be dangerous in unskilled hands, it should be left to professionals. If the nature of the work involves inherent risks such as roofing work or any other project that involves working in high-up places, then it should be left to professionals. Finally, if the work would require a license if it were done by a contractor, it should be done by a professional. Electrical work, for instance can cause serious harm or even death if the person doing it is inexperienced.

Will it save me money?

Saving money is one of the major reasons that homeowners choose to DIY remodel. Ironically, DIY remodeling often ends up being more expensive than hiring a contractor. Homeowners can avoid this by taking the time to research the project and determine a realistic estimate for the work. It’s important to factor in the cost of any tools that would need to be purchased in order to complete the project. With a realistic DIY estimate, homeowners can compare it to the average cost of hiring a professional. If there is a likelihood that the project isn’t done correctly, that adds to the risk and could potentially lead to an even more costly remodel.

If a project will require too much of an investment of time or money or if it is potentially dangerous, it should be left to professionals. There is no shortage of simple, manageable projects that homeowners can do themselves instead. Repainting, installing baseboard radiator covers, or simple light or sink fixture upgrades are doable for the average homeowner.

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Measure Your Baseboard Heaters

How to measure baseboard heaters:

Step 1

Always measure left to right, and twice for accuracy

Step 2 

Always measure left to right, and twice for accuracy

Step 3


Based on how your heater is configured,

choose an option below to expand and view

specific hot water baseboard heater measurement templates.

[+] Option 1: Straight Heater Configuration
[+] Option 2: L-Shape and U-Shape Configuration
[+] Option 3: 45 Degrees, Z-Shape Configuration


Now that you’ve learned how to measure baseboard heaters,

you’re ready to order.