The holidays bring more focus to the home interior thanks to family gatherings, parties and festive decoration. So what better time for your clients to clean up baseboards and do door trim work around the house?
Baseboards, chair rail and door trim elements take a pounding over the years. But if your clients are looking for a way to immediately impact interior aesthetics, trim replacement is one of the quickest and most cost-efficient options to make a noticeable upgrade.
It all starts with baseboard removal. An important tool in this effort is an oscillating multi-tool. With its range of blades and cutting accessories, this tool can reach into cracks and crevices that other power tools just can’t reach. Bosch is a leading maker of oscillating tool blades and offers a complete line of plunge blades and half-moon cutting blades. For example, use the bi-metal OSC112 plunge blade to cut nails or wood to remove long runs of baseboard, door frame or chair rail. The thin-kerf metal blade can be wedged between drywall and existing trim to make a clean removal of the wood without ruining the wall beneath. The blade cuts nails and separates old baseboard from drywall easily.
The process is the same for chair rail or other types of trim that isn’t baseboard, except many times people want to save chair rail and reuse it. The material is oftentimes hardwood that incorporates an intricate design or a unique edge. In older homes, hardwood trim may be impossible to replace or replicate because its design is unique or rare (or expensive), so saving it is crucial to project success. The same is true for crown molding.
Additionally, baseboard or other trim removal is oftentimes affected by flooring – carpet, linoleum, tile or other material. That means scraping and material removal, sometimes at poor angles. The OSC2FSC blade does a great job of getting underneath the material that needs to be removed and then channeling the oscillating action to the tip of the blade to ensure efficient transmission of power. Scraping the flooring material around the baseboard away is a key part of a full-room renovation.
If it’s time to update your clients’ home interiors (and it is), there’s no place better to start than baseboard and trim. Removing the dents, gouges and general eye sore of decades-old accent trim will makes any home sparkle during the holidays. And trim work is an easy project to profitably turnaround with the right tools.