Home improvement spending has been on an upward trend for the past five years, and it’s expected to continue in 2017 rising another 6% or so from 2016. Since the recession ended and the economy became stable, homeowners had more equity in their homes and more incentive to hold onto property and increase its value through remodeling projects. To maximize profits, homeowners try to stretch their remodeling budget and get the most bang for their buck. The following tips will help you get the most out of your home improvement budget.
Work with what you have
If you’re on a limited budget then you’ll want to avoid any project that will entail any structural, plumbing, or electrical changes to your home. Knocking down walls, moving the shower to a different part of the bathroom, getting electricity into an unfinished basement all entail hiring contractors and they especially pricy since they involve the basic structure of your home. As much as possible, you want to work with the basic layout you have.
DIY when you can
Of course, you can save money whenever you undertake a project yourself because you’re not having to pay someone else to do it. Research carefully the projects you want to do ruling out any that you don’t have the proper equipment or training to do yourself. If you attempt a project that’s outside your abilities, you’ll end up costing yourself more than you save when you make mistakes, have to buy expensive equipment, or end up bringing in a professional to complete it. Stick to projects like installing baseboard heater covers or crown molding and if you absolutely must bring in a contractor only hire them to do the part of the project you can’t do yourself.
Paint, paint, paint
A single bucket of paint can cover up to 400 square feet (or a 20x20 foot area). It’s enough to repaint an entire room. Painting a room or even your entire interior is a relatively inexpensive project. If you do it yourself, you’ll only spend a few hundred dollars to do your entire home. You can also repaint your front door instead of replacing it or you can repaint worn out furniture to make it look like-new again. Instead of installing new custom cabinets, you can paint your existing ones.
Give your kitchen a facelift
The kitchen is the most frequently remodeled room in the home but it tends to be the most expensive one to remodel as well. Instead of a complete makeover, give it a facelift. Projects like installing a tiled backsplash or upgrading the lighting are a lot less expensive than installing hardwood floors or marble countertops.
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The following DIY secrets can help you with your redecorating and home improvement, get great results with limited funds...
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" will be compatible with our standard cover.
Any measurement greater than 9 3/8" 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" will fit our standard cover.
A measurement of 7 1/2" to 8 3/4" 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" inches from the wall will fit our
Any measurement of less than 3 1/8" 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 use the self-tapping screws to secure them to the top of your existing wallplate.
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 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™ 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.