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Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by Roy [AL]) Apr 15, 2018 6:19 AM
       Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by razorback_tim [AR]) Apr 15, 2018 6:22 AM
       Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by NE [PA]) Apr 15, 2018 6:25 AM
       Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by RathdrumGal [ID]) Apr 15, 2018 6:30 AM
       Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by Roy [AL]) Apr 15, 2018 6:30 AM
       Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by myob [GA]) Apr 15, 2018 6:40 AM
       Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by GKARL [PA]) Apr 15, 2018 6:49 AM
       Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by RB [MI]) Apr 15, 2018 6:49 AM
       Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by Roy [AL]) Apr 15, 2018 6:51 AM
       Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by Ken [NY]) Apr 15, 2018 7:00 AM
       Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by myob [GA]) Apr 15, 2018 7:06 AM
       Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by WMH [NC]) Apr 15, 2018 7:40 AM
       Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by rentON [PA]) Apr 15, 2018 7:46 AM
       Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by Mary [MI]) Apr 15, 2018 7:59 AM
       Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by Julie [KS]) Apr 15, 2018 8:17 AM
       Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by Busy [WI]) Apr 15, 2018 8:24 AM
       Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by Busy [WI]) Apr 15, 2018 8:29 AM
       Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by AllyM [NJ]) Apr 15, 2018 8:30 AM
       Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by Vee [OH]) Apr 15, 2018 8:33 AM
       Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by Nicole [PA]) Apr 15, 2018 8:35 AM
       Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by Kyle [IN]) Apr 15, 2018 8:38 AM
       Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by Martin [CO]) Apr 15, 2018 8:42 AM
       Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by Deanna [TX]) Apr 15, 2018 8:55 AM
       Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by DJ [VA]) Apr 15, 2018 11:30 AM
       Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by BillW [NJ]) Apr 15, 2018 12:20 PM
       Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by WMH [NC]) Apr 15, 2018 1:24 PM
       Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by Barb [MO]) Apr 15, 2018 1:42 PM
       Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by Busy [WI]) Apr 15, 2018 1:55 PM
       Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by Roy [AL]) Apr 15, 2018 2:23 PM
       Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by AllyM [NJ]) Apr 15, 2018 3:06 PM
       Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by gevans [SC]) Apr 16, 2018 5:26 AM
       Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by gevans [SC]) Apr 16, 2018 5:28 AM
       Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by Roy [AL]) Apr 16, 2018 5:38 AM
       Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by Busy [WI]) Apr 16, 2018 5:54 AM
       Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by Roy [AL]) Apr 16, 2018 6:05 AM
       Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by Busy [WI]) Apr 16, 2018 6:46 AM
       Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by RathdrumGal [ID]) Apr 16, 2018 7:34 AM
       Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by small potatoes [NY]) Apr 16, 2018 9:16 AM
       Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by Nellie [ME]) Apr 16, 2018 1:59 PM
       Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by Annie [IN]) Apr 17, 2018 7:21 AM
       Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by Busy [WI]) Apr 17, 2018 7:32 AM
       Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by Josh [CA]) Apr 17, 2018 1:34 PM
       Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by Roy [AL]) Apr 18, 2018 4:07 AM
       Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by Lynn [MA]) Apr 18, 2018 5:54 AM


Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Apr 15, 2018 6:19 AM
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In my Class C rental houses, I have always used the cheap mini-blinds to cover the windows with. With the vacancy I am working on now, I am considering using the ready-to-hang curtains that are sold at Walmart. These are the same curtains that my tenants will use over my mini-blinds. So, I am thinking now to skip the mini-blinds and just hang curtains.

Anyone else here have an opinion on covering windows in Class C houses? Does anyone here ever rent a house with no window coverings ? --68.63.xxx.xx




Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by razorback_tim [AR]) Posted on: Apr 15, 2018 6:22 AM
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I use those same mini blinds on my class B rentals as well. I donít provide curtains. IMO thatís more decorating to someoneís personal taste. --70.178.x.xx




Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Apr 15, 2018 6:25 AM
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Blinds in all class of rentals for me unless the window is too big, then I use a neutral colored curtain.

9 lite exterior doors get a curtain on a magnetic rod. --50.107.xxx.xxx




Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by RathdrumGal [ID]) Posted on: Apr 15, 2018 6:30 AM
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If you provide curtains, expect to wash them or replace at turnover. Fabric holds in bad smells. IMO, the 2 inch vinyl plantation blinds are sturdier and easier to keep clean than mini blinds.

If you don't provide window coverings, sheets will be nailed to your walls. --98.146.xxx.xxx




Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Apr 15, 2018 6:30 AM
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Razorback,

Personal taste? My tenants personal taste revolves around whatever Walmart is selling the day they come to cash their checks.

Plus, most of my tenants have dogs which do more damage to mini-blinds than anything else. I am hoping curtains will last longer than mini-blinds will. --68.63.xxx.xx




Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by myob [GA]) Posted on: Apr 15, 2018 6:40 AM
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until January of this year we didn't do any window treatments. Since we are now upgrading every rental as vacancy's come up -- we put up mini blinds (ELCHEAPOs) to give a somewhat finised look. (lowes brand)

We always used mini's where we had double pane window cloudyness issues. To hid or cover that nastyness. --99.103.xxx.xxx




Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by GKARL [PA]) Posted on: Apr 15, 2018 6:49 AM
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I find those mini-blinds a major PITA to put up. Much easier to get an expandable curtain rod and curtains. Done in a minute and if they don't like it, they can change. --207.172.xx.xxx




Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by RB [MI]) Posted on: Apr 15, 2018 6:49 AM
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For Class C, in your Neck of the Woods ?

How about Blue Bed Sheets.

(Cut down the middle and drawn back on the sides)

Add a pattern of 16.91 ounce bottles of Atrial Rubicite

( a Lone Star Favorite )

and "Let the good times roll." --47.35.xx.xx




Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Apr 15, 2018 6:51 AM
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The primary reason I use window coverings is so my vacant houses don't have that empty 'vacant look' from the street.

The only houses in my Class C hoods that get vandalized are the ones that appear vacant and abandoned. --68.63.xxx.xx




Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by Ken [NY]) Posted on: Apr 15, 2018 7:00 AM
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I don't put up any window coverings --72.231.xxx.xxx




Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by myob [GA]) Posted on: Apr 15, 2018 7:06 AM
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GCARL yea the rods are easy-- but then when they leave you have to wash their curtains---- yuk,oh.

Mini's once brackets are up-- there up for LIFE..... --99.103.xxx.xxx




Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Apr 15, 2018 7:40 AM
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Both Home Depot and Lowes just discontinued the blinds we've been putting up for years. The ones with the strings that now apparently deadly to children. Now they are selling 'no-string' blinds for twice the price :(

Used to be we ate the cost of blinds but that's going to depend going forward.

In some places we have provided blackout/thermal curtains in Deep Grey to coordinate with the light grey walls. We hand them on pipe for an "industrial chic" look...indestructible and no, we won't be washing them we will replace them between tenants. --50.82.xxx.xx




Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by rentON [PA]) Posted on: Apr 15, 2018 7:46 AM
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We always use the cheap mini blinds and keep the common sizes in stock. --67.165.xx.xx




Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by Mary [MI]) Posted on: Apr 15, 2018 7:59 AM
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I use curtains or drapes on the windows in neutral colors and 80% of the tenants use them . They are easy to wash and hang up for the next tenant. I think the window treatment attracts more tenants, because it is a saving for them. If you do use curtains make sure that the width is 2 to 3 times the width of the window and are nice and full.

Window treatment can be expensive, but I have an advantage because I sew and I find most of my material at rummage sales. Some times the tenant love the window treatment so much that they pack them up when they leave, but I get them back or use the security deposit as payment --68.32.xxx.xxx




Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by Julie [KS]) Posted on: Apr 15, 2018 8:17 AM
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Those cheap mini-blinds ain't so cheap any more. At our local HD I can't even find a cheap mini-blind. They are now all cordless & at some sizes triple the price the old blinds were.

On our personal properties I've stopped using the the cheap blinds. I can now order on eBay the 2" faux wood blinds for a few dollars more than I'm now gonna have to pay for the crappy cordless blinds from HD. And they ship somewhat local from Wichita so I have them in a couple days. They look much nicer both inside & from the street, last longer & are easier to clean. I always charge for blinds anyway so if someone trashes one they get to pay to replace it anyway.

We just finished up a little house & the only 2" blinds I could find that matched in all the sizes I needed were cordless. They also had no wand for tilting the blinds. Took a little getting used too & we'll see how they hold up. I don't mess with the blinds in my own house ever. So that makes replacing blinds just a personal pet peeve of mine.......sometimes I just want to send a note saying "QUIT TOUCHING STUFF". My husband just rolls his eyes & says quit being unreasonable. And I will freely admit it is unreasonable to expect tenants not to mess with the blinds but out of everything we deal with that aggravates me the most for some reason.

--63.245.xxx.xx




Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by Busy [WI]) Posted on: Apr 15, 2018 8:24 AM
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Both.

Mini blinds are attached to the window casing. A 1X 4" board is screwed to studs above the casing, and about a foot wider than the casing.

Both mini-blinds and curtains are washed and repaired at turnover. (Personal taste. I cannot abide tossing things in a landfill. )

Tenants are told they may replace what I provide, but for the mini blinds, need to use my brackets. They can put screws, nails, whatever into the 1" X 4". They have to keep the originals to turn back over when they move.

At first, I was buying my window coverings at Goodwill, ReStore, or rummage sales. Now, tenants replace my cheap ones with nicer, and often leave those, as well as mine. My 1X4"s are scrounged, when I can find them, all woodwork gets painted, so it doesn't matter what it started out as, as long as it can be secured to a stud, and screwed or nailed in reasonably easily (I had some old lumber given to me that needed very sharp power tools to work. Tenants need to be able to attach with hand tools.

My kitchens just have mini blinds, but, I am thinking about installing boards for cafe curtains, so there aren't more holes in the casing and walls. I like the boards to allow the curtains to go wider than the window, because thieves can get a glimpse of the 50" flat screen from the sides of mini-blinds, (and the cord holes, which is wh yI do both blinds and curtains.)

Bathroom window, when located in shower area, gets painted white on the glass, mini-blind hung off of casing, plastic shower curtain hangs off of stainless steel screws that are in the 1"X4" over the casing. At least one tenant has hung a black-out privacy panel over that. I don't blame her. Even my glass block bathroom window gets the vinyl shower curtain . (Women don't like anyone to know they are in the shower, even if they cannot be seen easily.)

My methods are probably not for everyone. I'm definitely what some would refer to as a landlord-hobbyist. And I have a personal issue with adding to landfills. Just wanted to add to the conversation., maybe give someone ideas. --172.58.xxx.xxx




Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by Busy [WI]) Posted on: Apr 15, 2018 8:29 AM
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Julie, that made me laugh. I so wish I could get tenants to 'quit touching stuff!'

With mine , I provide stuff that fits. Tenants swap out for crazy stuff. Oi! As long as they leave mine . But I cannot understand the fascination with changing what ain't broke . Quit touching stuff! --172.58.xxx.xxx




Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: Apr 15, 2018 8:30 AM
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I got really high end blinds for the downstairs at the Cute Cape Cod. Got them professionally installed. Fifteen hundred bucks. Reason I did that is that the windows are huge in front and back and I just could not manage it anymore and the plastic ones are so heavy they sag. I will have to clean them when the tenants leave and I hope it's easy. I also got curtain rods, simple ones, for curtains with rings at the top. Tenants have not got curtains yet and really don't need them. I have put curtains in units and it worked out very well. Makes the place look finished like a model home. My previous tenant there on the first floor took all my heavy plastic wide blinds down in a couple rooms and put up see through curtains. Can't imagine what the neighbors had to look at with the lights on at night. At home I have drapes with the pull cords on all windows. My nice deceased mother made them. --69.141.xxx.xxx




Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Apr 15, 2018 8:33 AM
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I use -inexpensive- miniblinds and have a once cleaning helper modify stuff I find at GW for the front windows, after her 4th child she could not stay in the cleaning job. --76.188.xxx.xx




Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by Nicole [PA]) Posted on: Apr 15, 2018 8:35 AM
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I HATE blinds of every type. I have brackets and if they want to install the blinds, they can buy them. on a turn over, if they are decent, I don't take them down. I also have curtain rods and furnish most of my places (lower end type places) with curtains. Yard sales, flea markets. My newest favorite junk store called Roses has modern style panels for $1.99. --72.70.xxx.xx




Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by Kyle [IN]) Posted on: Apr 15, 2018 8:38 AM
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I use the cheap mini blinds. Menards is still selling the corded ones. Some tenants hang a cheap curtain rod over the blinds, but most just use the blinds I provide. --73.102.xxx.xx




Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by Martin [CO]) Posted on: Apr 15, 2018 8:42 AM
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For the rentals I previously owned in TX, I provided blinds, but had to carefully watch the homes. A common practice in south Texas is to tape aluminum foil to the inside of the windows. I suppose it keeps the heat out. But the foil tends to eventually melt into the window, and ruin them. So I had to watch and any time I (well, my PM actually) saw foil taped on, had to tell the residents to take it down.

My rental here in CO, I have curtains. I had blinds originally, but my first tenant wanted curtains. I agreed to split the cost with her, and installed them for her. and she agreed to leave them when she left. Subsequent residents have been happy with the ones she chose. --174.16.xxx.xx




Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by Deanna [TX]) Posted on: Apr 15, 2018 8:55 AM
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I saw they had both corded and cordless blinds at Lowes last week. They used to be $3 back when we started, and are now $5.

I've tried putting up some sheers at my humblest house, in addition to the blinds, to try and make it look nicer. DH hated them-- they were just one more thing to get dirty and destroyed, and the house would rent just as well either with or without them. The curtain rods and sheers went the way of the dodo at the next turnover.

Mostly, I do the blinds as window coverings because I want to control how the house looks from the street. Blinds are uniform, neutral, and invisible, as long as they're clean and in good repair. --96.46.xxx.xx




Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by DJ [VA]) Posted on: Apr 15, 2018 11:30 AM
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Roy: You said the dogs will ruin blinds - and they do. But won't they also chew/claw/pull down curtains? Six of one, half dozen of the other. Maybe try some of each? Like curtains in living space, blinds in bedrooms? Doubt it will really matter. Whatever is more cost- efficient for you.

Personally, I've been using cheap 1" vinyl mini blinds everywhere. Instant privacy without hanging sheets/towels. I too am disappointed with Home Depot for their discontinuation of the cheap ones. Found them in Walmart, but don't know if that will last.

I install curtain rods if they are wanted - makes me seem helpful, and lets me secure them properly.

Busy: I love your idea for using a 1X4 - I'm going to implement that going forward. --68.10.xxx.xxx




Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by BillW [NJ]) Posted on: Apr 15, 2018 12:20 PM
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Blackout curtains give thermal and noise insulation and block out light. There not that much more than mini blinds and are a nice selling feature. Blinds break easily and typically tenants put up gettoish things to keep the light out anyway. --68.83.xx.xxx




Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Apr 15, 2018 1:24 PM
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I just buy them on Amazon and charge to the biz...RENT ON! --50.82.xxx.xx




Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by Barb [MO]) Posted on: Apr 15, 2018 1:42 PM
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I've been putting up curtains for years.

Some of mine complained recently that they like the curtains, because they can really help keep the cold out, but that when there is a nice day, nothing keeps people from still seeing in.

I'm thinking of just installing blinds plus the curtains. The issue that they are changing the blinds is a little bit troublesome. I've got a price in my lease that if the miniblinds need replacing, we will do so for $15. This assumed we would be able to get the similar miniblinds for $5 - 8. I guess I'll need to raise that going forward. I've always told people that we expected them to pick them up for the $5 - 8 at Lowe's, and if we had to do it, it would be $15, to pay for the time and labor getting the new ones.

Hmmm - I guess i can up that to $40? Maybe it is time to buy the 2 inch faux wood ones that go for $15 - 20. Will they last any longer? --64.251.xxx.xxx




Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by Busy [WI]) Posted on: Apr 15, 2018 1:55 PM
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DJ, got that idea off of this forum years ago.

Regarding going to cordless, Isn't it just the way that when we get something figured out, regulations, or trends goes and changes it on us!

My favorite window treatment is too speedy for my rentals, but for our own house, it's blinds between the panes of glass. Bottom up blinds in the bedroom and bathroom. --172.58.xxx.xxx




Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Apr 15, 2018 2:23 PM
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DJ,

I don't use 1x4 but 1x6's,...that extra 2 inches comes in handy when my redneck tenants want to hang Confederate flags instead of curtains. 1x6's can handle a 3 inch 16- penny framing nail too! --68.63.xxx.xx




Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: Apr 15, 2018 3:06 PM
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Maybe there is a place to still buy window shades that pull up and down. Cheap ones stopped working quickly but I got expensive ones that lasted for ten years and then everyone wanted the mini blinds. One of my units has a room with little shutters on the inside. One pair for upper half of window and one for lower. They are the perfect window cover. --69.141.xxx.xxx




Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by gevans [SC]) Posted on: Apr 16, 2018 5:26 AM
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I use minis. That way the house looks the same from the street whether empty or full. I make sure the same size minis are used throughout the house whenever possible. I change them out every several years or when damaged. I always use the existing brackets, no need to mount the new ones. 1 minute per window for change out. And I don't use the bottom brackets except on doors with glass. --98.122.x.xx




Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by gevans [SC]) Posted on: Apr 16, 2018 5:28 AM
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As to the 1X4s, I also use them in the bathrooms for the towel rods. Find the studs, two screws in each stud, and those tenants will have a hard time pulling them off the walls (but it can still be done!) --98.122.x.xx




Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Apr 16, 2018 5:38 AM
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How do you all cover a large picture window in which mini-blinds do not seem practical? --68.63.xxx.xx




Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by Busy [WI]) Posted on: Apr 16, 2018 5:54 AM
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Large picture windows- when I have WW replace the windows, we eliminate that silly oversized picture window. Instead, we do three evenly sized double -hung windows. ( hmm , just now I am wondering why I do double-hung, only one of my tenants has ever known they could pull the top sash down to vent heat.... Topic for another thread)

With the 3 evenly sized double hung windows, each gets its own set of blinds hung off the casing. It still takes a very long curtain rod for the curtains that go on the 1X4" ( 1X6" in Roy's case) . I've had good luck finding long curtain rods at IKEA. --172.58.xxx.xxx




Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Apr 16, 2018 6:05 AM
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Busy,

Two weeks ago I had my handyman remove a large picture window and replace with drywall on one side and vinyl siding on the other. Now, you can't tell there was ever a window there to begin with. I prefer to eliminate anything in a rental house that has no redeeming value or requires unnecessary maintenance. --68.63.xxx.xx




Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by Busy [WI]) Posted on: Apr 16, 2018 6:46 AM
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Roy, that's definitely a good thing!

I cannot stand useless things like large windows that do not open! To me, it would make more sense in those 1950-60's Picture window sets to have the openable windows in the middle, because when the window set is that big, getting the curtains out of the way to let in a little fresh air means exposing the whole living room view to the neighborhood.

Since I replaced the picture window sets with three openable windows, I have seen my tenants using that center window to ventilate, so, I'm glad I went back to the 1940's look of a bank of all openable windows. (One tenant regularly opens all three.)

I'm with ya on eliminating no value, high maintenance things. The house I'm (still) rehabbing will have no closet doors. Long, inexpensive curtains over the bedroom closets (the doors on the bedroom closets went floor to ceiling,) open shelving in the bathroom closet. Maybe someday I'll add a pair of doors to the very top of the bath closet, just to hide cleaners, fem products, clutter. But, those doors won't be a priority.

--172.58.xxx.xxx




Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by RathdrumGal [ID]) Posted on: Apr 16, 2018 7:34 AM
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My 1970s apartments have large picture windows in the living rooms. For those I have gone with vertical blinds bought off the shelf at Lowes and cut to size. The individual vanes can be replaced or repaired if they get pulled on . The vinyl vanes are easy to wash in the bath tub. --98.146.xxx.xxx




Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by small potatoes [NY]) Posted on: Apr 16, 2018 9:16 AM
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I didn't use to focus on window treatments, but after I started to manage things myself I became annoyed with how beat up the window casing got. Now I provide the cheap white brackets for curtains. Tenants often leave curtains behind and I offer them to the next tenant. Usually they say yes. In a couple of apts w/ large windows I provide a rod and there is frequently an issue. The tenant breaks the finial or takes the rod. I hate painting around window blind brackets and I remove them every chance I get.It is the rare tenant that then installs blinds. I also would rather not constantly replace mini blinds and throw them away.

--24.194.xx.xx




Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by Nellie [ME]) Posted on: Apr 16, 2018 1:59 PM
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I use mini blinds on all Windows and provide brackets for curtains that are rarely used.

On both of my apartments with triple Windows together I have also mounted a board for heavier duty hardware. Painted the same color as the wall it almost invisible. I don't think anyone has used them.

I too share the frustration of the switch to cordless blinds at HD. Some of my Windows are six feet high. I'm told that the corded are available online, but I haven't looked. --64.222.xxx.xx




Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by Annie [IN]) Posted on: Apr 17, 2018 7:21 AM
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We provide mini blinds from Wally World. When they damage them, and they usuallydo, we replace. Beats seeing random sheets and blankets at the windows. Used to put up curtains, but the tenants were so rough on them and the rods, it is cheaper and easier to use the blinds. Fewer holes in the walls. They are now charged for hole repair when they move out. --107.77.xx.xx




Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by Busy [WI]) Posted on: Apr 17, 2018 7:32 AM
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Roy, given the post from today about HELOCs, my revised answer would be for you to use whatever is already at hand, without inputs of money or hired labor. Instead, for you, put the time and money into acquiring a couple more units.

What do other landlords in the area provide? I'll bet many just don't. Go that route for NOW, and when there are more units on your roster providing CASH FLOW, you can go fancy. But, for now, in my busy-body mom voice, I'm telling you, 'Don't guild the turd.'

Now get out there and get some more houses. Cash Flow is king in the Roy household! --70.92.xxx.xxx




Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by Josh [CA]) Posted on: Apr 17, 2018 1:34 PM
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I use Bridges Blinds a local company for all of my units. They install vertical blinds that fit inside the the window opening. The hardware operates effortlessly. I use an off white color. They are classy. They wear well. I have worked out a system for cleaning them at turn overs that is quick and effective. Sure I have some broken vanes. I keep extras that I cut to fit on hand. A 3 bedroom house cost for all windows and a patio door is under $400 and they have lasted 11 years. Sure I have replaced vanes. How many? I couldnt tell you.

I have had drapes in the past. Every turnover they must be replaced at the very least. I have had mini blinds. A pain to clean. The look of them I donít care for.

BTW I have this month taken the last unit that had partial carpet down and ripped it out. I am now 100% carpet free. Yeah Bay-Beee! Loving it! --71.84.xxx.xxx




Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Apr 18, 2018 4:07 AM
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Hot News Flash here,...I noticed yesterday that Lowes still sells the cheap mini-blinds (corded ones). I bought 9 of them (less than $5.00 ea.) yesterday and have decided to continue using cheap mini-blinds instead of curtains. Annie (IN) convinced me to stay away from curtains! Thanks Annie. --68.63.xxx.xx




Mini-Blinds or Curtains ? (by Lynn [MA]) Posted on: Apr 18, 2018 5:54 AM
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Lately, I've just been providing a curtain rod. Bring your own curtain. Blinds always get broken and are nasty on move out. --38.142.xxx.xxx





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