Looking for window treatment tips? As a contractor, it can be very difficult to meet the needs of your customers when they don’t know exactly what they want. Even worse is when they think they know what they want but their expectations are unrealistic. We hear this a lot from the construction and renovation contractors in our network: clients often overlook their own budgetary constraints and fail to look ahead to the finer details of home-building.
This usually results in delays in construction and at worst, conflicts with the contractor. So we talked to several of our contractors and picked their brains as to what makes a construction or renovation job go smoothly and surprisingly enough, one topic we heard over and over again from them was window treatments.
Window treatments almost always go overlooked by homeowners and investors. They are just one of those things that people don’t think about until they have bare windows staring them dead in the face. So today we thought we’d do two things: share some window treatment tips that contractors can use themselves and share some window treatment tips that contractors can impart to their clients to help jobs go smoother. Preparedness is essential to a job well done and a happy, loyal client so take a good look at these window treatment tips.
1) Plan Ahead of Time
Of course, things like flooring and roofing material should come first but you and your client should start thinking about window treatments as early as possible. Planning ahead will let the client see how far their dollars can really stretch, inform their window treatment decisions.
2) Know your Options
There are a ton of options when it comes to window treatments and the average consumer isn’t aware of the array of choices until they start building or renovating their home. There are blackout curtains, sound dampening curtains, mini blinds, vertical blinds, plantation shutters, cellular shades, roller shades, motorized shades, and many other options to consider. As a contractor, you should take some time to familiarize yourself with the many choices that are available so you can help your client make a decision.
3) Plan at the Electrical Phase
If your client knows that he or she wants motorized shades, be sure that they know that there are a couple of different sup-options. Do they want battery powered or electrically powered motorized shades? If they want battery powered then there won’t have to be any electrical routing. But the disadvantage to battery powered motorized shades is that they need to be replaced often. Electrically powered motorized shades can be plugged into an outlet but there is even a downside to that method as well: you will most likely see a cord running from the shades to an outlet. The cleanest look when it comes to motorized shades comes when you run the electrical wiring of the cords inside the wall to a converter in the utility area of the property. If this is the option your client chooses, the best time to do the work is when you or the electrician is setting up the wiring for the entire house.
4) Wood Blocking
This one is strictly for the contractors. Before the drywall goes up, be sure to install wood blocks in between the framing where the window treatments are to be hung. Installing these blocks will make it easier to install a variety of window treatments and make the installations much more secure – as opposed to just hanging brackets on drywall alone.
5) Recessed Headers
A little of forethought can afford you the opportunity to utilize recessed headers for window treatments. Recessed headers offer a clean, seamless look to many types of window treatment. They essentially hide the top header of blinds and curtains so that all you see is the material. Recessed headers are also convenient for hiding any electrical wiring of motorized treatment products.
6) Know your Budget
This one can’t be stressed enough. Take some time to familiarize yourself with the typical prices of different types of window treatments so you can inform your client whether their selections are fiscally feasible or not. According to Homeadvisor, the average cost for window treatments is $602. But custom drapes and curtains can cost as much as $3,000 and that’s before installation. The average cost of motorized shades is $320 per unit before installation. Having the average prices of different window treatment options at the ready will help your client make a wise choice and help the job go as smoothly as possible.
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