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-Giorgio Armani



Friday, November 2, 2012

Budgeting for Window Treatments in Utah

One of the questions I get asked the most is how much should someone plan on paying or plan to budget for window coverings. This is an excellent question and the answer has many different factors.

Window coverings is typically one of the last things to be thought about or installed in a home, and at that point, homeowners, especially clients who have just built a new house are at the end of the budget, and are mentally spent on making decisions. That's where we come in! If you are planning on building a new home, you could start off by setting up a budget meeting with a window covering specialist, such as ourselves, to educate you on the different options available in window coverings, and get a budget set up based on your likes, needs, and wants.

There are quite a few things to consider when purchasing window treatments, and the more information you can get will help make the decision making experience a lot less painful.

 The average home buyer has been shown to spend approximately between 1-2% of the purchase price of a new home. Obviously this number is not written in stone, and can vary depending on a lot of things. Are you happy just having privacy and not concerned about style? Have you had the pleasure (or lack thereof) of spending hours cleaning faux wood blinds or worse paying good money to have cheap blinds repaired over and over again? Do you have the innate ability to walk into any type of store and automatically hone in on the most expensive item they carry? If you’ve answered yes to the above questions than it would be worth spending a few minutes doing a little basic homework before you decide what you want to live with.

New home buyers should consider all the options before they purchase blinds or shades. Visit a store that has them all on display. Investigate the different types of products that are available and the lifting systems that are offered. Parents of small children and pet owners should definitely consider upgrading to a child-safe system that prevents accidental injury from cords. Most off-brand woods or faux wood blinds do not offer child-safe systems.

Consider each room and it’s intended use. A bedroom facing east has much different light control needs than a northern facing laundry room. Is your new home a great room plan or does it also have a more formal entertaining space such as a living room? Are you going to be using that great room for viewing movies and TV or just catching the news while you prepare dinner. Again: different needs for different uses. Your window fashion professional should ask you lots of questions. It’s not that we’re the nosy sort it’s just that a true professional will want to know how you plan on using a room before they recommend which product will most fit your needs.

Let’s revisit the budget question for just a moment. Most of us live in the real world. We all have to make choices on where we’re going to use the resources we have available. The numbers mentioned earlier are simply a ball park. In reality you’re going to want to take your time and select just the right products for you and your family.  You may want to put up some temporary shades in the home and live with them for a short time while you get to know your new home and how the light comes and goes.  No matter your budget you only want to purchase once and you should have the assurance that you’ll be totally satisfied with your product and your shopping experience. At Home Touch we’re one of a select few dealers that are allowed to offer the Hunter Douglas Right Choice Promise. This assures you that you may re-select if you’re not thrilled with your initial selection. If you’re dealing with a company that won’t give you that assurance: fire them!

Last but certainly not least the products you put in your home are a reflection of your personal style and taste. Your selections should reflect that and enhance AND protect your privacy and furnishings. To enhance your home with beautiful granite in the kitchen only to cheapen it with cheaply made window fashions makes as much sense as shopping for your wedding dress at Ace Hardware. Some rooms will need more of a soft touch with draperies and valances or others may benefit from the beauty of shutters. Whatever your taste and style take the time to do your homework, get the facts and rely on a professional that offers a bricks & mortar store where you can make a really informed decision and know where to find them when you need them!

Shopping for window coverings can be very overwhelming and scary if you don't have some guidance from a true professional. We want to make sure you get the RIGHT treatment for your needs, not just A treatment to get a quick sale. We will work with you in our showroom, and visit your home to really help you make an informed decision. We want happy customers for life, not just a quick sale.

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