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Your home’s value comes down to what a person is willing to pay for it. If your home is the worst on the block, you won’t get as good a price for it. When selling your home, deciding on which remodeling projects to tackle and how much to spend can be tricky. There’s danger in not doing enough but there’s also danger in doing too much. If you put too much money into a remodel, your home will be worth more than what people are willing to pay in that neighborhood. That means your remodeling budget is a sunk cost you won’t be reimbursed for.
If your budget and your time is limited but you know you need to spruce up your home before selling, here are some quick, inexpensive remodeling projects that you can tackle yourself on a weekend.
It’s been said that bathrooms and kitchens sell homes. But before that, curb appeal will determine whether a person even wants to go inside. Curb appeal also influences how much a person is willing to pay. A little bit of yard work can go a long way in changing a prospective buyer’s mind.
To start, trim back any overgrown plants or trees in the yard. Go through and remove all of the weeds that you can see. All of this work costs nothing if you do it yourself. If you can afford to invest some money into your yard, plant some new flowers and trees. Lay down some wood chips or plant some ground cover plants. You may even want to replace the grass. You don’t need to do a complete landscape overhaul to boost curb appeal.
Another way to boost curb appeal is to tidy up your porch. Do some deep cleaning and repaint any wood. Clean and repaint the door or replace it completely if it’s too old. Make sure the doorbell is working and replace it if it isn’t. Put away the ice melt, snow shovels, and other things that tend to accumulate on the porch over time. Put out a few potted plants and maybe even install some hanging planters. Repaint any railing or columns. Install new, large house numbers that are attractive but inexpensive and replace your porch light. As a final touch, lay out a new doormat. Sometimes the little things make all the difference.
After the kitchen, the bathrooms are the most important rooms when selling a home. In addition to standard deep cleaning, you should also try to remove any rust. Fix or replace any drippy faucets. Replacing the bathroom fixtures is usually a pretty easy project you can do yourself for minimal cost. Replace the toilet with a new, water-saving one. Re-caulk the bathtub, replace the shower curtain and towels with new ones, and upgrade the light fixtures to give your bathrooms a new look without spending thousands.
Regular home maintenance
Finally, take care of any miscellaneous maintenance tasks that haven’t been done in a while. Fix that gate that squeaks. Replace boards in the backyard fence that have pulled loose or broken. Clean out the rain-gutters and patch any holes in the drywall. If you know there’s a problem with something, fix it now or expect the cost to be subtracted from the value of your home.
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There are specific things to remember no matter how easy a project is. Use these tips on changing baseboard heater covers to make the process run more smoothly.
When the time comes to replace your rusted and outdated baseboard heater cover, it isn’t often clear where you should begin with the process. For some, this project may seem confusing and can lead them to push it off. Learn how to measure and cut a steel baseboard heater cover; it’s really not as hard as you might think!
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.