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Mini blinds (by Doris [OH]) Jun 7, 2021 9:39 PM
       Mini blinds (by plenty [MO]) Jun 7, 2021 10:00 PM
       Mini blinds (by Richard [MI]) Jun 7, 2021 11:09 PM
       Mini blinds (by S i d [MO]) Jun 8, 2021 9:53 AM
       Mini blinds (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Jun 8, 2021 10:59 AM
       Mini blinds (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Jun 8, 2021 11:03 AM
       Mini blinds (by plenty [MO]) Jun 8, 2021 11:20 AM
       Mini blinds (by Hoosier [IN]) Jun 8, 2021 2:40 PM
       Mini blinds (by LisaFL [FL]) Jun 8, 2021 5:56 PM
       Mini blinds (by Tarheel T [NC]) Jun 8, 2021 8:38 PM
       Mini blinds (by Small potatoes [NY]) Jun 8, 2021 10:43 PM
       Mini blinds (by Vee [OH]) Jun 9, 2021 2:07 PM
       Mini blinds (by MAT [PA]) Jun 10, 2021 7:44 AM
       Mini blinds (by Live and Learn [TN]) Jun 12, 2021 1:59 AM
       Mini blinds (by Live and Learn [TN]) Jun 12, 2021 1:59 AM
       Mini blinds (by Doris [OH]) Jun 12, 2021 7:21 PM

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Mini blinds (by Doris [OH]) Posted on: Jun 7, 2021 9:39 PM
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I looked back and saw several posts about corded mini blinds but they seem outdated. 2 years ago we were able to order to size from Lowe’s but we need a replacement blind in white and the only one we can find at a more reasonable price is the no cord blinds at Lowe’s which only comes in 64” length although we only need 35” for this window and it is my understanding they cannot be shortened. To order a blind, would be $44. What are others doing? --184.59.xxx.xx




Mini blinds (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Jun 7, 2021 10:00 PM
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i find homedepot offers many more widths. For the length, yes they can be shorted if that is a concern for you. Most of my tenants don't notice. But yes it looks better shorten, there may be instructions in the box or a youtube video on how, usually my sister does this for me, and she is quick, cause she has done it so many times,,, do you have a sister? --172.58.xx.xxx




Mini blinds (by Richard [MI]) Posted on: Jun 7, 2021 11:09 PM
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1. Try the thrift stores or Habitat Restore. Around here they often have ok used mini's. When you find some, buy all the ones that are the size your places need.

2. Put brackets on the window, those straight ones with the little half circles on the end that hold a round curtain rod. Then get a piece of conduit pipe. Half inch should do. Cut to size and put it in the brackets. Get curtains at some place (simple loop at the top), slide them on the pipe and done. Maybe $4 per window.

Don't waste time with miniblinds anymore. They're too easy for tenants to destroy. --172.58.xxx.xx




Mini blinds (by S i d [MO]) Posted on: Jun 8, 2021 9:53 AM
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I considered Richard's approach at one time, but then decided to make mini-blinds a profit center in my business. The smaller cordless ones run about $9 at Wal-Mart, and we charge $35 per window to replace to cover the costs of measuring, sending the handyman to the store, and then the install. Most turnovers with pets we have 3 to 4 that need replacing, and his total bill to me ends up about $60 regardless since the brackets are so simple you can pop one out and install the new one in seconds. The rest is profit for us.

The larger blinds (over 40") cost between $20 - $40. We charge $50 - $70 for those.

Think like a business owner: your job is to get paid to fix problems for people. Their destruction of your blinds created a problem: you fix it for them and get paid.

--107.216.xxx.xxx




Mini blinds (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Posted on: Jun 8, 2021 10:59 AM
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My houses have large windows and the large cordless blinds are expensive. Plus, their guts are extremely fragile and I doubt their ability to stand up to tenant use.

I am switching all of my rentals to vertical blinds. They are cheaper than the cordless, sturdier, and much easier to repair. The tenants have not complained about them and I suppose that if they don't like them, they can go and rent from someone else.

Yes, tenants can still break them if they put some effort into it, but they break them less often and the normal breakage is fins pulled down, which is an easy repair. I haven't had a tenant break the head rail yet (touch wood) --76.178.xxx.xxx




Mini blinds (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Posted on: Jun 8, 2021 11:03 AM
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A big plus for the new cordless blinds: there is no cord to wad into a massive complicated knot. I've never had any tenant yet who did not return mini blinds where the cord was a massive tangle to be worked apart.

I don't know how they do it. I can live for decades with mini blinds and the cords don't get tangled up. --76.178.xxx.xxx




Mini blinds (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Jun 8, 2021 11:20 AM
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I only buy this stuff once. I buy blind once then the cost comes from the deposits. And i would pay the $44 for the right blind and take out if deposit. --172.58.xx.xxx




Mini blinds (by Hoosier [IN]) Posted on: Jun 8, 2021 2:40 PM
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We don’t use the ones with cords anymore because they are a strangulation hazard for small children. When you have the blinds up the cord is very long and children will wrap them around their neck. You can shorten most of them the ones I purchased are fairly easy to shorten but I prefer the uncorded ones now. --99.92.xxx.xxx




Mini blinds (by LisaFL [FL]) Posted on: Jun 8, 2021 5:56 PM
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I either order online or from a place like Budget Blinds (franchise). They can both still get made to size corded blinds. --75.89.xxx.xxx




Mini blinds (by Tarheel T [NC]) Posted on: Jun 8, 2021 8:38 PM
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Lowes Project Source --68.119.xxx.xxx




Mini blinds (by Small potatoes [NY]) Posted on: Jun 8, 2021 10:43 PM
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I just had to replace 2" blinds. Got cordless faux wood allen n roth from lowes for about 50 bucks. They come in 1/2" inrements in width, and I believe they can be shortened. This is in my B rental. Not a bad product. --24.194.xxx.xxx




Mini blinds (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Jun 9, 2021 2:07 PM
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I have not seen the corded mini-blinds in any store over 2 years now, -protect the kids concept- made the strings a problem and a little known problem was the lead in the import plastic, many think it is paint alone but so many things from overseas have leaded toys, cosmetics on and on... --76.188.xxx.xxx




Mini blinds (by MAT [PA]) Posted on: Jun 10, 2021 7:44 AM
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Likewise can't remember the last time I saw corded blinds in a store. I thought they went the way of gas cans with simple screw-on caps (i.e. extinct for safety reasons). --100.34.x.xx




Mini blinds (by Live and Learn [TN]) Posted on: Jun 12, 2021 1:59 AM
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I am so over replacing mini blinds and tempted to remove blinds from all properties. Tenants tear them up. They've all lost their storm doors, too. I've always bought the Walmart blinds so that they are easy to pop into existing brackets. Some of my tenants have broken into and replaced them with other kids and now I can't simply pop in New ones. --75.143.xxx.xxx




Mini blinds (by Live and Learn [TN]) Posted on: Jun 12, 2021 1:59 AM
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I am so over replacing mini blinds and tempted to remove blinds from all properties. Tenants tear them up. They've all lost their storm doors, too. I've always bought the Walmart blinds so that they are easy to pop into existing brackets. Some of my tenants have broken into and replaced them with other kids and now I can't simply pop in New ones. --75.143.xxx.xxx




Mini blinds (by Doris [OH]) Posted on: Jun 12, 2021 7:21 PM
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Thank all of you for your suggestions. Unlike some of you have indicated, I have not had trouble before with tenants destroying mini blinds. The blind that needs replaced because the wand part has stopped turning is at least 10 years old so I certainly got my use from them.

Based on your suggestions, I have decided to replace blind with curtain rod and let tenants provide curtains of their choice. --184.59.xxx.xx



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