HD Blinds - wear tear
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HD Blinds - wear tear (by Joey [NJ]) May 1, 2013 11:06 AM
       HD Blinds - wear tear (by joey [NJ]) May 1, 2013 11:25 AM
       HD Blinds - wear tear (by WMH [NC]) May 1, 2013 12:19 PM
       HD Blinds - wear tear (by Kyle [IN]) May 1, 2013 12:45 PM
       HD Blinds - wear tear (by Pattyk [MO]) May 1, 2013 12:46 PM
       HD Blinds - wear tear (by RR78 [VA]) May 1, 2013 1:18 PM
       HD Blinds - wear tear (by WMH [NC]) May 1, 2013 1:24 PM
       HD Blinds - wear tear (by WMH [NC]) May 1, 2013 1:27 PM
       HD Blinds - wear tear (by Ken [NY]) May 1, 2013 1:50 PM
       HD Blinds - wear tear (by V [OH]) May 1, 2013 2:23 PM
       HD Blinds - wear tear (by Pattyk [MO]) May 1, 2013 2:36 PM
       HD Blinds - wear tear (by Bill [TX]) May 1, 2013 2:42 PM
       HD Blinds - wear tear (by RR78 [VA]) May 1, 2013 3:06 PM
       HD Blinds - wear tear (by S i d [MO]) May 1, 2013 3:10 PM
       HD Blinds - wear tear (by Gail K [GA]) May 1, 2013 3:18 PM
       HD Blinds - wear tear (by Kathi [OH]) May 1, 2013 4:54 PM
       HD Blinds - wear tear (by David [FL]) May 1, 2013 5:41 PM
       HD Blinds - wear tear (by Nancy [NJ]) May 1, 2013 8:16 PM
       HD Blinds - wear tear (by MikeA [TX]) May 2, 2013 5:56 PM
       HD Blinds - wear tear (by Kevin [MO]) May 3, 2013 12:27 PM


HD Blinds - wear tear (by Joey [NJ]) Posted on: May 1, 2013 11:06 AM
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the simple window blinds for under 10 bucks at HD or whatever big box is near you, i installed new ones after tenants who left after 18 months, all the kids bedrooms the blinds were damaged. I itemized with labor which was paid for to install, and the tenant says that it is normal wear and tear for the cheap blinds, i said 3 or 4 years maybe, but not less then two. what is your opinion on this? --37.142.xx.xxx




HD Blinds - wear tear (by joey [NJ]) Posted on: May 1, 2013 11:25 AM
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actually, i found an old thread here, the overwhelming consensus is that broken blinds are NOT normal wear and tear. good to hear everyone agrees with me. i dont even know why i doubted myself. --37.142.xx.xxx




HD Blinds - wear tear (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: May 1, 2013 12:19 PM
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Recently went round with a departing tenant about blinds. She swore they were broken and used when she moved in. She said she told me that. I told her I had no record (or memory!) of that at all. Then she said she told my HUSBAND and that we should communicate better! :)

In fact, she was the first tenant to occupy the space after a renovation - all blinds throughout the house were new.

And in fact, even if they are low-quality: if you break 'em it's really easy AND CHEAP to replace it YOURSELF and then I won't charge you!

She also complained about a cleaning fee, saying she didn't know what was expected. But in fact, I send explicit instructions on what needs to be done to get the deposit back. I send a checklist. The checklist was in the two leases she signed, and also sent to her separately, twice, at the end of her lease. --50.82.xxx.xxx




HD Blinds - wear tear (by Kyle [IN]) Posted on: May 1, 2013 12:45 PM
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I have started specifying on the move in inspection forms that all blinds are in new or like-new condition. I replace any damaged blinds at turnover and charge the tenant. --71.194.xxx.xxx




HD Blinds - wear tear (by Pattyk [MO]) Posted on: May 1, 2013 12:46 PM
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perhaps it would be normal for them to stop working, but not be damaged,,, for example if a part inside the horizontial shaft stopped allowing the blind to go up and down,,, if someone broke it then it would not be normal wear and tear.

They could last for 10 years if not abused. ABUSE is not normal wear and tear.

Walk careful as to not make this about her parenting skills. --70.13.xx.xx




HD Blinds - wear tear (by RR78 [VA]) Posted on: May 1, 2013 1:18 PM
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One of the things I have in my lease is below. Saves any argument.

As a convenience to Tenants. New Mini blinds are supplied and must be replaced with new ones by Tenants upon termination of lease.

Or landlord will remove before move in if requested.

--76.104.xxx.xx




HD Blinds - wear tear (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: May 1, 2013 1:24 PM
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Brilliant. Stealing it!

--50.82.xxx.xxx




HD Blinds - wear tear (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: May 1, 2013 1:27 PM
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Except...except...the reason I supply blinds in the first place is because I don't want to see Sheets and Beach Towels thumb-tacked up in place of real window coverings. We supply cheap blinds, so they don't have to. But if I remove them at their request, chances are they will do exactly what I just said: stick up a sheet.

Rethinking. --50.82.xxx.xxx




HD Blinds - wear tear (by Ken [NY]) Posted on: May 1, 2013 1:50 PM
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You said all the kids bedrooms blinds were destroyed,that seems to show that it is damage since adult bedroom ,Living room ect were not destroyed and you would think they wouldn't even argue with that --72.224.xx.x




HD Blinds - wear tear (by V [OH]) Posted on: May 1, 2013 2:23 PM
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The cd-photo disk I give out at 6 months solves so many of these she said-he said items like you have going on here I call it the security deposit disk, it costs about 25 cents to give it out when doing an inspection. --75.94.xxx.xxx




HD Blinds - wear tear (by Pattyk [MO]) Posted on: May 1, 2013 2:36 PM
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what Ken said! Brilliant!

love the 6 month cd also. great idea! --70.13.xx.xx




HD Blinds - wear tear (by Bill [TX]) Posted on: May 1, 2013 2:42 PM
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It's one of the items on the Move In-Move Out checklist that the tenant has signed.

Replace blinds $15 -$45

--71.158.xxx.xx




HD Blinds - wear tear (by RR78 [VA]) Posted on: May 1, 2013 3:06 PM
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WMH

In over 20 years nobody has ever requested I remove them. Thats really just to show a court I am reasonable and do not force the blinds on anybody.

Tenants appreciate the blinds. One less thing they have to do when moving.

Gives us some privacy before they move in.

And with replacing them when they move out. Tenants do not even think that far ahead to be concerned.

Also the type that would put up sheets are lazy. So its even easier the way they think to leave the mini blinds up. --76.104.xxx.xx




HD Blinds - wear tear (by S i d [MO]) Posted on: May 1, 2013 3:10 PM
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I use the $4 Wal-Mart blinds. In one house, they've lasted over 12 years, so anything less than that is clearly damage.

Bill to replace is $20 per blind. My handyman won't do it for less than $20, so my time is worth at least that much. If they want to save money they have two choice:

a) don't break stuff

b) buy and install replacements --108.250.xxx.xxx




HD Blinds - wear tear (by Gail K [GA]) Posted on: May 1, 2013 3:18 PM
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How often do you have to replace blinds in your own house? I have some of the cheapo ones in my house that I've had up for over a decade. If they can last that long in my place (and I've got pets), destroyed in two years in a rental property is damage.

Gail --68.47.xx.x




HD Blinds - wear tear (by Kathi [OH]) Posted on: May 1, 2013 4:54 PM
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I also supply cheap blinds. I charge $25.00 to reaplace all but the oversized expensive ones. If the resident has left the space clean and mostly otherwise undamabed, I may wave trhe charge as a jesture of good will, especially if they had been long termers. I LOVE it when I can return the entire deposit. Less work for me and my crew. --69.221.x.xxx




HD Blinds - wear tear (by David [FL]) Posted on: May 1, 2013 5:41 PM
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Torn, broken, and dirty mini blinds IS NORMAL for tenants. Now a good resident can stay 4 to 5 years with no blind damage. It's time to upgrade your residency requirements.

I like reliable, responsible adults for my units. --66.177.xxx.xxx




HD Blinds - wear tear (by Nancy [NJ]) Posted on: May 1, 2013 8:16 PM
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Joey - I agree with Ken - I am so tired of tenant's nickle & dime'n everything they damage. But more fustrating is that I am finding parents who won't tkae responsiblitity for thier own children's actions.

Resently tenant in 2FAM with two out of controll boys bought them bb/pellet guns. How did I find this out other tenant call to say lamp post light out ( she is a GR8 tenant ) could I change bulb. Sure when I get there the entire glass globe cracked and has a hole. When I look into the globe I see orange and neon green pellets. REALLY ?

I had no idea at first - I couldn't image how this happen all the neighboring homes are adults. When I speak to the tenant to tell her it looks like more then just bulbs. She tells me it is the two boys as well as other behavior.

I pick out the pellets - knock on the door with a large handful and as the father does he know what these are becasue now I am finding them EVERYWHERE in yard - flower beds driveway etc. Oh yes they are from guns that the boys HAD but they don't anymore.

REALLY?

I then tell him about the light - that was an accident and the boys said they hit it with baseball.

REALLY?

I explain how I picked several out of the lamp post light.

He insists that can't be so - and besdies they no longer have them and it was and accident - so he no responsible and the glass probably $20 at HD.

Well $348.00 new light and electrician he was presented with invoice. He called to tell me he wasn't paying for an accident - a letter from my lawyer advised him otherwise. I recieved a money order ten days later. --68.197.xx.xx




HD Blinds - wear tear (by MikeA [TX]) Posted on: May 2, 2013 5:56 PM
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I've switched back to roll-up shades, they are almost the same cost. I haven't had one broken in the almost 3 years I've been using them. The cheap miniblinds have always been a problem getting broken. I'm all about low maintenance and tenants don't seem to care. In fact, the younger generation generaly thinks they are cool (I sometimes have to show them how to use them). --108.240.xxx.xx




HD Blinds - wear tear (by Kevin [MO]) Posted on: May 3, 2013 12:27 PM
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I switched to the 2" faux wood ones.. more expensive but relatively easy to clean and not likely to break. One less thing to do at turnover. I also bumped up my rents relative to median. --128.252.xxx.xxx





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