Recently I was showing new houses for sale in Meridian. As many already know there are a few hidden costs when buying new construction. One of the most obvious, window treatments. I must say I think buyers over estimate the expense. You can do it all yourself and save a little, but here is a little tip for you Budget Blinds of Boise will install the blinds in the whole house for $65.00. It is about customer satisfaction and follow thru!
Anyway in order to figure out what blinds for a new house cost I emailed our friend Pam who is co-owner and a style consultant at Budget Blinds. Here is what she had to say!
Lots of people ask that ……. How much are the blinds going to cost for our new home? While the answer may seem simple, it is not. A good rule of thumb is to figure about 1% of the sale price of the home…..i.e. $300,000 house would be approximately $3,000 in window coverings. Of course it can be less and it can be a bundle more. If you are thinking of buying a new home, for sale in Meridian or Boise make sure that you add this important expense into your calculations. No one likes living in a gold fish bowl or having sheets over the windows!
Blinds can be fairly economical or the pricing can be other worldly. One of the most economical window coverings is a faux wood blind (not a cellular shade). There are several different manufacturers and several different price points for these. Entry level faux wood blinds are affordable, made to order and still carry a warranty, these are made of primarily plastic parts and the life expectancy is not as long as the higher end models. Better quality faux wood blinds will be better built with more options (routed vs routeless, the ability to determine which side of the blind the cords are on etc) and will have a better warranty, and will last a lot longer as well. Faux wood blinds are great for letting light in while still keeping something on the window and does allow you to change the tilt angle for privacy. The higher end models even do a good job of keeping the room dark!
Cellular (or honeycomb) shades are also very popular however are more expensive. They insulate by trapping the air, who does not like lower heating and cooling bills. Again, there are several types of cellular blinds for sale and there is a high degree of variability in price, quality and options. With a cellular shade, they are either up or down, or somewhere in between. A feature that contributes to the popularity of this the cellular shade is that you may add a “Top Down-Bottom Up” feature which allows you to lower the shade from the top which allows light into the room without losing your privacy.
Whats new in the world of blinds? All sorts of new designs in treatments and some throwbacks too. Many are at economical pricing (think about the new and updated old fashioned roller shade). Soft fashions (drapery and roman shades) are also making a huge come-back but can be a little pricey. Shutters are always in fashion as well…….
Budget Blinds of Boise is locally owned and we do not sub-contract out our installations. Our installers work exclusively for us. We charge $65 for installation on your whole house because we want to make sure that your blinds are installed properly and that you love your new window coverings! Give Pam a call for a free in-home consultation. She will measure your windows, bring samples and is usually able to give you an estimate right there and then.
Co-Owner & Style Consultant
Budget Blinds of Boise