Blinds Bring Value To Your Home
Regardless of the fact that every home has them, blinds and shades are often an afterthought in people’s home improvement efforts. Blinds and shades are often grouped with paint, roofing, flooring, and other once-in-a-lifetime purchases because most people think that custom window treatments are too expensive or they just don’t make a big impact. This is not the case. Interior Designers and Realtors alike, will tell you that stylish and durable new window treatments not only make an impact, but they increase a home’s resale value significantly. Blinds are becoming more important to the resale process, especially in a shallow sales market. You wouldn’t walk into an interview with your hair disheveled, would you? Then don’t let potential buyers walk into your home with saggy, inoperable blinds. It’s an instant turn-off. Consider these steps when you’re redecorating:
Blinds For Each Room
In high-traffic rooms, like living rooms and kitchens, choose real wood plantation shutters. They are often a bigger investment than standard mini blinds; however, shutters are considered furniture for your windows and make an impressive statement. If you cannot swing the price tag, faux wood shutters are a great option. White is by far the most popular and versatile color. If you are in resale mode, opt for classic white instead of a unique wood stain.
Insulating window treatments are also selling points. Light filtering double and triple-cell honeycomb shades, as well as shutters, are excellent insulators and reduce detrimental energy loss. The r-value of cellular shades is relatively high. They will allow light to filter in instead of the sun’s heat, and in the winter they will trap heat inside. Again, stick to neutral colors so they next homeowner’s décor matches them. Some honeycomb shades even allow you to file for a tax rebate because of the amount they save in energy costs.
Hang neutral-colored or sheer draperies with the intention of leaving them when you move out. Again, the extra incentive for the homeowner is that as soon as they move in, their home will look put together.
Replace any blinds with broken or missing slats, blinds and shades that no longer operate correctly, or have noticeable tears or dings. Even a shutter that is no longer operable should be replaced. Dust your window treatments well before potential buyers come over.
Don’t let the neighbors outdo you. Choose window treatments that are functional and beautiful, and explain to possible purchasers that they will be getting plenty of bang for their buck. When people are approaching and touring your home, keep blinds down, but tilted open. If you have shades, raise them partially. Light will filter through naturally and put your blinds on display simultaneously.
Made In The Shade Central Alberta services Sherwood Park, St Albert, Fort Saskatchewan and all of Strathcona County. We provide custom window coverings at a competitive price with exceptional service. We work with specialists in the industry to make sure your window coverings are done right the first time. From a standard blind job to an extensive motorized, commercial or shutter installation call us today for your free in home or office consultation.
Blinds Bring Value To Your Home