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Where to Find Blinds for your New Home

As you settle in and start personalizing your space, you might notice something missing from your windows---blinds. Yes, it's quite common for new construction homes to come without window coverings. While your home's natural light is one of its best features, having control over that light, and your privacy, is equally important. Here's what you need to know about selecting and installing blinds in your new home.

Why Aren't Blinds Included?

Simply put, window treatments are typically considered a personal preference. Home builders focus on delivering a well-constructed, blank canvas home that meets all structural and functional standards, allowing homeowners the freedom to choose between blinds, shades, draperies, or shutters.

Shea does allow you to buy blinds through their design studio, but you may want to get quotes from other companies that could have more options and better prices. (The advantage of going through the design center is that you can roll the price of your window coverings into your mortgage)

The Importance of Choosing the Right Window Treatments

Think of blinds not just as accessories, but as vital elements of your home. They serve multiple purposes:

  • Privacy: Blinds provide control over your personal space, shielding you from outside view, which is essential from day one in your new home.
  • Light Control: Managing sunlight can protect your furniture from UV damage, help regulate indoor temperatures, and set the mood or atmosphere you desire.
  • Energy Efficiency: Proper window coverings can add a layer of insulation, keeping your home cooler in summer and warmer in winter, which can lead to lower energy bills.
  • Aesthetics: The style, material, and color of your blinds can complement your home's design and contribute to its overall charm and character. You may also consider getting motorized shades if your model has a vaulted ceiling.

Finding the Right Company or Taking the DIY Route

When it comes to getting blinds for your new home, you have a couple of options:

  • Hiring a Professional: A window treatment company can provide a hassle-free experience, offering in-home consultations, measuring services, a wide selection of products, and installation. They bring expertise to the table, which can be quite beneficial when considering the functionality and design aspects of various blind options. These companies can also provide temporary blinds on closing day, so that you can immediately get some privacy while your final blinds are being manufactured.
  • DIY Installation: If you're handy and looking to save some money, installing blinds can be a doable project. Many home improvement stores and online retailers offer a range of blinds that you can order and install yourself. 

Timing and Planning for Installation

I would recommend starting the process of selecting window coverings before you close. There are a ton of options out there, so it is good to figure out what designs you would like before closing. This way, you can get your windows measured and the order submitted as soon as you close. (Generally, the window treatment companies will not be able to submit your order until you close on the home, to reduce the chance that you end up backing out and leaving them stuck without payment)

Cost of Blinds

One thing I love about Solstice is how much natural light the homes get. There are a ton of large windows in each model, but that translates into a higher cost for window coverings. There are many options, so the cost can vary wildly. There are standard faux wood blinds, to higher end options like roller shades or shutters. The quality can also differ greatly, depending if you go with cheaper big-box store blinds, or designer shades such as those by Hunter Douglas. Motorization can easily double the cost of each window. All in, blinds can range anywhere from 5k to 30k for a new build here in Solstice. This can be a much larger expense than anticipated, which is why I recommend buyers get quotes early in the process.

Conclusion

While your new construction home in Solstice comes with an abundance of features designed for comfort and style, adding blinds is a necessary finishing touch to make it truly yours. Not only do they serve practical purposes, but they also offer a chance to inject a bit of your personal style into each room.

If you're feeling overwhelmed by the prospect of choosing and installing blinds, remember that I'm here to help. With my real estate experience and network of trusted local service providers, I can guide you toward the best solutions for your new home. Contact me today, and let's ensure your Solstice home is as private, energy-efficient, and beautiful as you've imagined it to be.

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Chris is a real estate agent who specializes in helping clients build, buy, and sell homes. Here are some benefits I offer to new construction clients:

  • Projected Budget of Your New Home
  • Pre-Drywall Inspection
  • 3D Matterport Model
  • On-Site Photos During Construction
  • Lot Selection & Design Center Consultations
  • Full Service Realtor Services

Remember, the builder pays my commission, so these benefits are available at no cost to you!

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