Blinds vs. Curtains (by WMH [NC]) Jan 14, 2022 9:27 AM|
Blinds vs. Curtains (by Roy [AL]) Jan 14, 2022 9:52 AM
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Blinds vs. Curtains (by Sue [IN]) Jan 26, 2022 1:13 PM
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Blinds vs. Curtains (by WMH [NC]) Feb 5, 2022 11:33 AM
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Blinds vs. Curtains (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Jan 14, 2022 9:27 AM
We use to do all blinds and verticals for sliders. And change most of them after every move-out for one reason or another: broken, dusty, old-looking...we charged off to tenant if broken, but dusty and old-looking is on us.
We switched to curtains on the sliders, at least. I can get room-darkening light or dark grey with grommets, 84H x 100W, for $25 or so. Goes with the paint, doesn't show dirt. Since we don't allow smoking anymore smell isn't an issue either. Febreeze is my friend.
They last way longer than blinds. I've had a few curtains up now for YEARS without issue.
We switched to them for energy reasons in some of the spaces but now that blinds are so expensive, I think we will be replacing them with curtains at move time from now on. A bit more expensive at first, but much longer lasting.
The curtain rods will be installed by us, and if Tenant wants to use their own curtains, they won't be messing about with that install.
Blinds vs. Curtains (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Jan 14, 2022 9:52 AM
Back in 2006, when I was a new LL and was naive, I had custom made curtains sewn for my first rental house. Huge mistake. My first tenant took them down and hung bed sheets instead. I have been using cheap blinds ever since. --71.207.xxx.x
Blinds vs. Curtains (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Jan 14, 2022 10:19 AM
We always used the cheap blinds too, Roy, but they are not so cheap anymore...and they simply don't last compared to these:
NICETOWN Patio Sliding Door Curtain - Wide Blackout Curtains, Keep Warm Draperies, Grey Sliding Glass Door Drapes (Gray, 100 inches W x 84 inches L)
You'll notice they have all sizes. --50.82.xxx.xxx
Blinds vs. Curtains (by dino [CA]) Posted on: Jan 14, 2022 11:17 AM
Do you use the type of curtain that uses a cord to open and close or just the type that you pull the curtain one way or the other without a cord to open and close?? If no cord used, is that because it wears out and breaks or because it is more convenient without cord??
Also how often would they become too dusty and require curtains to be cleaned??
Blinds vs. Curtains (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Posted on: Jan 14, 2022 11:26 AM
Curtains with the black outs are more energy efficient where if dirty a front load washing can easily be cleaned. In the house using the Ikea curtains. --99.236.xxx.xxx
Blinds vs. Curtains (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Jan 14, 2022 11:36 AM
These curtains have grommets, so they slide easily on a round rod. No curtain hooks, no cords. --50.82.xxx.xxx
Blinds vs. Curtains (by Mark [MA]) Posted on: Jan 14, 2022 1:08 PM
Is there Anywhere that you can still buy blinds that have cords? (for my own house, no children) and very long/high windows that you would have to get on a step stool/ladder to operate the non-corded blinds --66.30.xx.xxx
Blinds vs. Curtains (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Jan 14, 2022 2:38 PM
Mark, another reason for getting rid of the blinds! These new cordless blinds are a PITA for short people and honestly they are too easy to damage when opening/closing. --50.82.xxx.xxx
Blinds vs. Curtains (by Ted [TX]) Posted on: Jan 14, 2022 4:29 PM
WMH, the curtain you posted on Amazon looks intriguing and promising. What have you found to be your best source of rods? When I've looked at curtains before, the cost of the rods has changed my mind. --184.190.xxx.xxx
Blinds vs. Curtains (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Jan 14, 2022 5:16 PM
Surprisingly, Home Depot. Or Ikea if you can go pick them up.
Here's the Home Depot rod we have used:
The larger one is $26. --50.82.xxx.xxx
Blinds vs. Curtains (by DJ [VA]) Posted on: Jan 14, 2022 5:47 PM
I agree with mini-blinds not being a good value any more.
I'm seriously considering starting to install roller shades, at least in bedrooms, for instant privacy. So they don't need to nail up a towel the first night that stays in place too long. And also curtain rods on all windows that the the tenant can use with their choice of curtains.
Opinions on roller shades? At least they are less expensive than blinds. --68.229.xxx.xxx
Blinds vs. Curtains (by dino [CA]) Posted on: Jan 14, 2022 5:52 PM
For curtains with grommets, is there a standard diameter grommet that fits most rods or is there a standard diameter rod that will fit in most curtain grommets??
Blinds vs. Curtains (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Jan 14, 2022 7:31 PM
1" I think. --50.82.xxx.xxx
Blinds vs. Curtains (by Robin [WI]) Posted on: Jan 14, 2022 9:06 PM
I've used electrical conduit for temporary curtain rods, and have been surprised to find them still in place several years later. --104.230.xxx.xx
Blinds vs. Curtains (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: Jan 14, 2022 9:10 PM
For my nicer flip places, I do like to use curtains. It is a fast way to add an accent color with out picking up a paint brush --24.101.xxx.xxx
Blinds vs. Curtains (by Bartman [ID]) Posted on: Jan 14, 2022 9:22 PM
The Amazon curtains look great so I ordered 5. I switched to curtains years ago. When I have a turn over I put up the curtains. I use the 64" long one for the smaller windows. Animals and little kids usually can't reach them.
I have found 2 benefits to curtains. They are easier to clean. If the curtains get ruined (stains or ?) the rods rarely get ruined.
I buy the rods at Walmart. I get the heavier ones so the are less likely to get damaged.
It has worked out good for me. --174.126.xxx.xx
Blinds vs. Curtains (by gevans [SC]) Posted on: Jan 15, 2022 7:33 AM
We have lots of military who work weird shifts. They greatly prefer the blackout curtains. And they seem to last forever.
We use the ones with the large grommets, they will fit on pretty much any rod. --216.218.xxx.xxx
Blinds vs. Curtains (by Dee Ann [WI]) Posted on: Jan 15, 2022 1:47 PM
Bought our last rods at KOHLS of all places.Checking out Home Depot for the ones recommended here. --75.11.xx.xx
Blinds vs. Curtains (by dino [CA]) Posted on: Jan 16, 2022 1:09 PM
I have thinking about the alternatives to mini-blinds for a long time. I have never used curtains, don't know much about them. So if I go to curtains, do you folks recommend a nicer looking fabric or some easier to clean material which is less attractive??
Blinds vs. Curtains (by Jim in O C [CA]) Posted on: Jan 16, 2022 1:24 PM
I have all good quality blinds. Cost to clean is $12 and after 3 years I absorb that. Curtains and kids and pets don’t last.
Most of my blinds are 10 years old. --99.23.xxx.x
Blinds vs. Curtains (by zero [IN]) Posted on: Jan 16, 2022 3:12 PM
I used to put blinds up. First place had odd sized windows. Got mini blinds, had them custom cut, installed them and the first tenant pulled them off and stuffed them in a closet.
I don't do window coverings at all. seems as soon as I do they want blinds instead of curtains, vice versa or don't like the color or looks of whatever I put up. I let them do their own thing. Most times they leave them for the next tenant which I call a bonus.
Interesting that so many people on here supply window coverings. --107.147.xx.xxx
Blinds vs. Curtains (by Tarheel T [NC]) Posted on: Jan 17, 2022 4:25 PM
Im going to look into those curtains. Lowes and HD are both out of commin size blinds in store and online --68.119.xxx.xxx
Blinds vs. Curtains (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Jan 17, 2022 4:56 PM
I washed my 5 year old curtains from the apartment yesterday. I didn't use detergent as they were not DIRTY just dusty. They came out GREAT, hung to dry so no shrinkage. --50.82.xxx.xxx
Blinds vs. Curtains (by Nicole [PA]) Posted on: Jan 24, 2022 10:23 AM
I have used curtains for MANY years. I think miniblinds are disgusting. When they are there (few left at this time), I tell the prospective tenants they can keep them or dispose of them but I don't clean, fix or replace. I have curtains over top of them.
I purchase most of my curtains and rods at yard sales and thrift shops. --98.237.xxx.xx
Blinds vs. Curtains (by RentsDue [MA]) Posted on: Jan 24, 2022 8:38 PM
I think I’m the oddball here. I use the wood blinds. Yes , they are initially expensive. But they last at least a decade. --68.191.xx.xx
Blinds vs. Curtains (by GKARL [PA]) Posted on: Jan 25, 2022 3:33 AM
I use curtains with grommets and tension rods. Quick and easy to install as well as inexpensive. I generally get both from my local Walmart. --209.122.xx.xxx
Blinds vs. Curtains (by Chris [VA]) Posted on: Jan 26, 2022 10:00 AM
We don't provide either curtains or blinds. Here's the first paragraph of one of our rental agreement clauses:
18. TENANT RESPONSIBILITY – GENERAL
Good housekeeping is expected of everyone. Tenants agree to keep quarters clean and in a sanitary condition, and agree to keep both the indoor and outdoor premises clean, tidy, and free of excessive clutter at all times. The Tenants also agree not to permit any deterioration or destruction to occur while they are occupying the property. They agree to maintain the walls, woodwork, floors, furnishings, window treatments, blinds (if any), fixtures and appliances (if any), windows, screens, doors, fences, plumbing, gutters (leaf and debris removal), air-conditioning and heating, electrical and mechanical systems, and landscaping, as well as the general structure and appearance of the property. Windows must be covered with blinds and/or other appropriate window coverings such as curtains or drapes. Blankets, sheets, and other materials not intended for window coverings are not permitted. (In addition to appliances, window treatments, blinds, ceiling fan light fixtures, and
storm doors/screen doors are also not included in this Rental Agreement, and, if present, will be removed if the Tenant requests their removal from the Landlord. However, if any of these items are present in the home and the Tenant opts to not have them removed by the Landlord, the Tenant is responsible for maintaining them and will be liable for any damages to them that occur during his residency. Storm doors/screen doors will also be permanently removed by Landlord if inspected and found that said doors have not been maintained and serviced by Tenant.)
Blinds vs. Curtains (by MobileJim [TX]) Posted on: Jan 26, 2022 10:02 AM
For years we used the cheep Walmart light filtering mini blinds until the Feds decided to make them child proof by eliminating the cords. Now they cost more than twice as much, don't last any longer and for short people or tall window frames are a hassle. Also the old ones were easy to remove slats to shorten. You can do it with the new ones but you probably need to be an engineer. We are still using them but are considering switching to curtains. --174.250.xx.x
Blinds vs. Curtains (by Byron White [TN]) Posted on: Jan 26, 2022 10:12 AM
I noticed a comment on cleaning blinds. Who does this or how would I go about doing it myself? --99.120.xxx.xxx
Blinds vs. Curtains (by Chris [VA]) Posted on: Jan 26, 2022 10:18 AM
I've heard that the best way to clean blinds is to take them down and clean them in the bathtub. (But we don't get involved with blinds and window coverings.) --71.246.xxx.xxx
Blinds vs. Curtains (by April [KS]) Posted on: Jan 26, 2022 10:27 AM
I finally got smart and started providing curtain rods (no curtains.) Got tired of repairing holes from the cheap curtain rods that Residents had installed poorly and I had been taking down. Then finally I realized I should start providing the rods (and mounting them correctly into structure).
I found if there's a curtain rod provided, residents were much more likely to buy their own curtains and hang them. They get curtains that match their decor and love it! On tours residents see the curtain rods as a bonus.
Also reduces the amount of damage I have to repair since the curtain rods stay in the apt and they're mounted correctly.
Bonus - Once they put up their own curtains, the amount of damages to the mini blinds seems to go way down. I charge $25 to replace a blind. I stick with the same cheap brand of min blinds from HD. Once the clips are up for the new cordless blinds, replacing a damaged blind has never been faster. Takes 1-2 minutes tops. I've had over 100 curtain rods installed for 5 years and haven't had to replace one yet. Over time they're saved me $$$ on damaged blinds. I don't want to have to wash and maintain curtains - I'll stay away from that chore. --24.111.xxx.xx
Blinds vs. Curtains (by James [PA]) Posted on: Jan 26, 2022 10:33 AM
I prefer blinds because it makes and older or dirty windows look better. I often use tie back or curtain toppers to dress up re-rentals that have not been done over. When you show vacant rental with stark windows glaring light, even on a rehab it comes up short in appearance then when you have blinds and curtains and with window treatments I can rent must faster and at improved rents. I typically might spend $25 a window, especially in living rm, kitchen and main bdrm. There is night and day difference between marketing a unit with bare windows one windows with new blinds and some form of curtains.
I am always amazed when I see a nice rehabbed rental unit and where thousands and thousands of dollars have been spent on rehab but their tight pockets about spending just another two hundred total on cheap blinds and curtains. Stores are always having sales on curtains and brand new cheap curtains on windows look 100% better then plain windows. Most times upon vacancy many of the blinds and curtains are still good so I only have to repl the bad ones. My rentals are mid to lower price range but if I had high end rentals, most assuredly I would provide window treatments.
Hey, you get some relief on sched E at tax time and your glad for the write off!.
Remember about being penny wise and pound foolish!
Blinds vs. Curtains (by Terri C. [LA]) Posted on: Jan 26, 2022 11:01 AM
This is a great idea! Especially since the majority of my tenant put up curtains over the blinds! For some reason, my tenants like it VERY dark in their units. I had gone with blinds in the past because it makes it brighter, but I should have taken a hint from my tenants...LOL Going to try the curtain route on my next vacancy. Thanks for the tip!!! --99.147.x.xx
Blinds vs. Curtains (by Sue [IN]) Posted on: Jan 26, 2022 11:16 AM
40 years in the rental business in mostly class C rentals. I got tired of tenants taking curtains and rods when they moved out or throwing curtains in trash because they didn't go with their decor. I want my windows covered when unit is empty so it's not obvious to thieves and scrappers that the property is currently vacant. I also don't put out rental signs for the same reason. I mount a 1/4 above the window so tenant has secure place to hang their own curtain rod. Mini Blinds provide window coverings and allow tenant to put up their own curtains. Cost of replacing mini's is taken from damage deposit and since brackets are already up it's a simple matter of hanging a new one. --71.46.xxx.xxx
Blinds vs. Curtains (by Byron White [TN]) Posted on: Jan 26, 2022 11:59 AM
What do you mean by mounting a 1/4? 1/4 what? If I get the idea then maybe the pretty square blocks from lowes secured at the correct spot for rod installation and painted to the wall cover sounds like a good idea.
Blinds vs. Curtains (by Sue [IN]) Posted on: Jan 26, 2022 1:13 PM
A 1 inch X 4 inch board across the top of the window for them to mount their curtain brackets on. I also use a 1 inch x 6 inch board in the bathroom about half way up the wall for mounting towel holders, toilet paper holder, tooth brush holder. Saves on patching and repainting holes in walls when towel holder brackets get pulled out. --71.46.xxx.xxx
Blinds vs. Curtains (by 6x6 [TN]) Posted on: Jan 26, 2022 8:24 PM
Thank you for sharing your experience with that. I have considered to do the same. --73.120.xx.xxx
Blinds vs. Curtains (by Jerry [NY]) Posted on: Jan 26, 2022 11:01 PM
Very interesting perspectives. I have used all kinds of window treatments over the years. I didn't see interior shutters mentioned, but I installed a louvered wooden set in the lower half of a bathroom window that has lasted decades. The louvers are functional, and it opens like a bi-fold too. So far no objections. Valance/curtain on upper sash.
Also, re: mini blinds, the only ones I feel are worth cleaning are large custom sizes, like 75"+. Yup, they won't fit in a bathtub. Quickest way I have found is to remove, lay out on clean concrete slab, spray with all purpose cleaner, allow contact time, and hose off, flip and repeat. A pressure washer works even better. I do the casement window screens same way, same time.
I too have mostly transitioned to stationary rods and curtains with grommets. Seems to be more popular now and fewer moving parts to break. --72.228.xx.xxx
Blinds vs. Curtains (by Mary [CA]) Posted on: Jan 27, 2022 1:02 AM
I agree that blinds are more expensive now. I have always installed costume made blinds for each window are the same type and color. A lot of them were left broken and extremely dirty had to be thrown out and replaced. I am going to try the curtains on my next vacancy. I have a question should the curtains be the same color for all of the windows as I usually paint all of the walls a natural color and my blinds are all the same color for the entire house. I appreciate your input --75.106.xxx.x
Blinds vs. Curtains (by Linda [DC]) Posted on: Jan 27, 2022 8:25 AM
I’ve gotten out of the window treatment business. Whatever the tenants leave behind, I’ll clean. Invariably, many tenants replaced them with what they want. --3.145.xxx.xxx
Blinds vs. Curtains (by Deborah [MO]) Posted on: Jan 27, 2022 11:11 AM
Many years ago we used to provide mini blinds for all windows. All of our properties are single-family so each house has an average of 12 windows. Tenants either damaged or left them dirty requiring replacement or cleaning at every move out. And as others have said, many put up curtains anyway creating damage to the sheetrock. We stopped providing window coverings. If previous tenant leaves them and they are in decent condition, we leave up for the next tenant who can decide to keep or toss. Providing rods and brackets is appealing and I will definitely consider installing them on the next flip/remodel. --174.209.xxx.xx
Blinds vs. Curtains (by Sue [IN]) Posted on: Jan 27, 2022 1:23 PM
Jerry - NY - I've used shutters in 2 properties. Bathroom windows in a class C house - have to keep gluing them back together. Kitchen, dining room, bathroom and bedroom windows in class A-B house and they have been fine. Biggest issue with interior shutters is painting them.
Instant curb appeal if shutters are put up outside on front window. Plastic, wood, homemade, anything to draw attention to the front of the house and change it from plain jane to cute cottage. --71.46.xxx.xxx
Blinds vs. Curtains (by Wayne Uyehara [CA]) Posted on: Jan 27, 2022 1:23 PM
I'm trying curtains now, finishing couple homes. sick of blinds. thank you
Blinds vs. Curtains (by Arlene [MD]) Posted on: Jan 27, 2022 2:49 PM
My last turnover I put curtains up. I am soooo tired of changing out mini blinds. They keep changing the brackets, so I have to drill new holes every time I change them. Done with that.....it's curtains from now on...something I can wash and hang up again. People are so hard on things that don't belong to them. AND yes, blinds have gotten very expensive. --24.89.xx.x
Blinds vs. Curtains (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Jan 27, 2022 5:24 PM
You convinced me. Gonna give it a go.
It seems the newer blinds are breaking much easier than the corded kind.
I find raising and lowering them very awkward and not always working.
Plus we're having trouble getting the miniblinds we need.
I DO like covering (hiding) the old windows with a blind and the home looks good from the street- all the windows the same.
AND we tilt the vanes level so prospects can look in the windows of vacant/for rent homes.
Before we started supplying blinds my residents tore the heck out of my window trim with every screw found by the side of the road or extra railroad spikes. Then rebel flag and wolf blankets in the windows. Great first impression from the street!
Styles and trends (and materials) change over time. So must we.
I remember Jeffrey teaching to add miniblinds as a luxury amenity!
Blinds vs. Curtains (by LordZen [MA]) Posted on: Feb 3, 2022 6:22 PM
Very good ideas here, look ot notes to take :D --98.216.xx.xxx
Blinds vs. Curtains (by David [MO]) Posted on: Feb 4, 2022 4:04 PM
No longer able to purchase mini blinds with cords in St. Louis.
Now use vertical blinds. A single damaged blind can be easily removed and replaced, can be washed with ease, easy to install. They look good. --75.22.xx.xxx
Blinds vs. Curtains (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Feb 5, 2022 11:33 AM
We just used curtains to disguise a really crappy slider in our downstairs apartment. No one ever used it - it's really hard to slide, it's ugly, and it opens into our part of the yard, not the apartment's. Tenants have always put their bed in front of it.
Walls are light grey. So we took two deep grey 100" curtains and ran them across the whole wall, pretty much, and centered the bed on the WALL not the slider. Looks so much better - luxurious. You don't even know the door is there and the large headboard keeps people from trying to find out what's behind there LOL! --50.82.xxx.xxx
Blinds vs. Curtains (by Sky J [MS]) Posted on: Feb 6, 2022 12:34 AM
Yes, blinds have become to expensive so for the first time I decided to use paper shades. A pack of six in white from Amazon (Original Light Filtering Pleated Paper Shade White, 36” x 72”, 6-Pack)are $17. They come as a trim, stick and peel installation. To help secure them I purchased a thin piece of wood trim in white, cut to the size of the window, stuck the shade as directed and nailed the trim over it. I also installed rods if they choose to put up curtains. In the bathrooms and laundry rooms I used Stained Glass Privacy Window Film only on the bottom half of the window to allow sunlight to come through the top. Curtains are easier but I wanted to give these options a try. They look nice and installation wasn’t a hassle. I did not put up any window dressings in the kitchen and on the back door. Guess what the tenant put up…towels. --107.223.xxx.xx