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Name any profession and you can bet there’s a reality TV show about it. Real estate is an industry that works especially well with reality since any realtor who’s been in the business for a while will tell you’ve they’ve seen some things. Here are three lessons you can learn about interior decorating and remodeling from watching real estate reality TV.
Doll collections creep people out
When showing your home with the hopes of selling it, realtors recommend minimizing your family’s personal touch throughout the home. One homeowner learned this lesson the hard way by proudly displaying a large collection of antique dolls. Thanks to the creepy old doll motif so popular in horror movies these days, prospective buyers looking at the home had a hard time shaking that creepy feeling they got when dozens of glassy eyes were staring back at them.
Private collections, in general are a bad idea when showing your home. You may love antique dolls, or model planes, or elephants, or some other collector’s item but would-be buyers probably won’t. The more random and personal, the less likely prospective buyers are going to find it appealing. And though they know at some level that such personal belongings don’t come with the house, it still makes it harder for them to visualize it as their home when there is too much of a personal touch in the home. So box up your collections, rent a storage unit for a few weeks or as long as it takes, and sell your home.
Don’t call it old, call it vintage
There are many charms that come with owning an older home. Then there are some things that really need to be modernized. But in your rush to modernize, don’t be so quick to destroy elements of the home that give it character. Vintage elements in your home make it intriguing and create visual interest. Obviously there are some things you can’t live with (or without) and you have to do some remodeling to bring your home into the 21st century. But as we’ve learned from so many homeowners on reality TV, if you’re too quick to modernize, you can end up lowering the value of your home.
A good example of this would be tearing out an older baseboard heating system. If instead, you simply purchased baseboard heater covers, it could make that older system stylish again without completely removing that vintage element from the home.
Older homes can literally make you sick
We know a lot more now about what kinds of chemicals and building materials can be harmful to our health than we did a few decades ago. In the course of remodeling an older home, it’s not uncommon to discover that the paint in the home is lead-based or that there is asbestos in the insulation. If your home is older and you suspect your home might be hiding poisonous materials, it’s better to call in an expert that risk health problems. When tearing down walls and doing heavy construction, those harmful materials get stirred up in the air as tiny dust particles and shouldn’t be inhaled.
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.