There are a dime and a dozen window coverings available for your home. All you need to do is walk into your local home improvement store. From stock blinds to custom fitting shutters, the selection is endless. So, what should you choose for your rental home? A lot will depend on the type of rental home. A higher priced rental property may warrant more than basic mini blinds to complement any luxury features. But that is really up to you as a rental property owner!

MINI BLINDS
Mini blinds come in various styles and material choices. Some are plastic, vinyl or aluminum. Pricing is very reasonable, starting at just a few dollars. Its the most popular choice among homeowners as a result. However, keep the following in mind when choosing this option. Plastic and vinyl mini blinds, once damaged, typically have to be replaced all together. The gears inside are tedious to work on and hiring someone can be cost prohibitive. If a slat is cracked or broken, it will be nearly impossible to replace it. Aluminum blinds are higher priced and while slats tend not to crack or break, they can bend, which is a more common issue since they can have that tendency and is usually difficult to repair it properly. Installing mini blinds is most cost effective if you do it yourself. Once a blind company or handyman is hired, your cost goes up. At that point, you may want to consider upgrading. Mini blinds can last 2-5 years on average.

FAUX WOOD BLINDS
Faux wood blinds have gained popularity in recent years. Slats are typically 2″ in width and made to resemble wood blinds, with many being textured. They come with a decent sized rail at the top and can be operated using strings or a wand. They are fairly durable and the slats, though made of a PVC / vinyl material, are thicker and more resistant to breaking. They cost more as a result, averaging about 20-40% over mini blinds. However, they can last an average of 5-10 years.

SHUTTERS
Shutters are a beautiful addition to any home. Of course, they can be costly. Even entry level shutters can cost a pretty penny. However, shutters are durable, though they can have a flaw – the staples that hold the shutters together to the rod that allows you to open and close them can, in time, fall out. However, shutters can have many good years of use. Shutters are available in wood or PVC material and in a variety of colors.

DRAPES
Drapes are also an option that is affordable. Of course, drapes require the purchase of a rod that is hung over a window. Depending on the size and style, the rod can surpass the cost of the drapes themselves! However, many times an average rod is affordable and decent drapes can equal the cost of mini blinds. Drapes can be durable. However, they also get dusty and require cleaning, adding to the maintenance factor over blinds. Additionally, because many drapes have specific designs, it can create a theme that may or may not go well for all renters. The best theme is neutral for a rental property.

Yes, window coverings add privacy but also create style. Depending on your budget, there is a choice out there for you!

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