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Life in uncertain and you never know if you may end up needing to sell your home sometime down the road, even if you weren’t planning on it. That’s why it’s always important to keep in mind when remodeling, the potential resale value of any investments you make into your home. There are many home remodeling projects that are sure to recoup nearly all of the initial cost at resale while there are many projects that recoup around 60%. Here are some tips for determining which upgrades are worth pursuing and which ones aren’t.
Cost vs. Value Report
Every year Remodeling Magazine releases a cost vs. value report which breaks down various remodeling projects to determine the average cost of those projects and the average value of those same projects at resale. The Cost vs. Value report looks at dozens of remodeling projects and compares cost and value figures from more than a hundred different markets. It’s the best place to start when considering which remodeling projects to undertake.
Mid-range remodels recoup more than up-scale remodels
One thing that is consistent across all markets and remodeling projects is that mid-range remodeling projects are a better value than up-scale remodeling projects. In the kitchen and bathrooms (the two most commonly remodeled rooms) you can expect to recoup about 59 to 60% of the cost for an upscale remodel or 67 to 70% for a mid-range remodel.
Many homeowners think that the more luxurious the remodel the better, but the opposite is usually true. A too-extravagant remodel might make your home the nicest on the block but it also puts the home’s value outside of what people are willing to pay for a home in that neighborhood.
Smaller projects are safer bets than big projects
Even with mid-range remodels, the larger projects still don’t recoup as much of the cost as many homeowners might assume. An ROI of up to 70% for a mid-range kitchen remodel might sound pretty good, but when compared to the ROI for a front door replacement (101%) and the ROI for a garage door replacement (85%) it becomes clear that bigger doesn’t always mean better.
In the Cost vs. Value report, only four of the thirty-six projects cost less than $5,000. Of those four, three made it into the top five for ROI. For projects costing more than $25,000, not one of them made it into the top ten for ROI.
Geography can play a big role when it comes to ROI on remodeling projects. In San Francisco, for instance, the average ROI for any remodeling project was 103% which means you can’t go wrong if you want to remodel in that particular area. When deciding on remodeling projects, it’s a good idea to speak with realtors and remodelers who are familiar with trends in your region.
So before you spend your Christmas bonus or tax return gutting your kitchen and starting over from scratch, you may want to consider new baseboard heater covers for your baseboard radiator system or a new garage door.
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.