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Old 03-19-2008, 12:58 PM
 
Location: Tucson
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Can anybody recommend a decent and reasonably priced company installing blinds in town you've been happy with? Preferably one giving free estimates. I thought everybody gives free estimates, but it turns out Lowe's wants $39 even for that... I'd appreciate some input.
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Old 03-19-2008, 11:22 PM
 
Location: Southern Arizona
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Can anybody recommend a decent and reasonably priced company installing blinds in town you've been happy with? Preferably one giving free estimates. I thought everybody gives free estimates, but it turns out Lowe's wants $39 even for that... I'd appreciate some input.
Save your money and frustration, SierraAZ . . . check these guys and you won't be sorry or disappointed.

American Blinds, Wallpaper & More online store decoratetoday.com: Discount Blinds, Shutters, Cellular Shades

Good Luck!
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Old 03-20-2008, 08:56 AM
 
Location: Tucson
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Save your money and frustration, SierraAZ . . . check these guys and you won't be sorry or disappointed.

American Blinds, Wallpaper & More online store decoratetoday.com: Discount Blinds, Shutters, Cellular Shades

Good Luck!
Thanks, Bummer, but this company is out of MI. You can only order online.
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Old 03-20-2008, 11:02 AM
 
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Thanks, Bummer, but this company is out of MI. You can only order online.
That's true, Sierra . . . but you will save BIG BUCKS over the local guys on Brand Names plus no sales tax and fast shipping.

I've used them a number of times and have never been disappointed.

Good Luck
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Old 03-20-2008, 11:12 AM
 
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That's true, Sierra . . . but you will save BIG BUCKS over the local guys on Brand Names plus no sales tax and fast shipping.

I've used them a number of times and have never been disappointed.

Good Luck
I'm sure you're right, but it's not for me...

I think our new Tucsonan mdtoaz got a new house not long ago. Maybe she has some recent blinds experience.
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Old 03-20-2008, 01:24 PM
 
Location: Tucson, AZ
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I'm sure you're right, but it's not for me...

I think our new Tucsonan mdtoaz got a new house not long ago. Maybe she has some recent blinds experience.
I don't know how much help I'm gonna be, but here goes. When we were doing all the options for our house, we got the pricing for blinds from the builder and a couple other places. Surprisingly, the builder was actually cheaper, but we still didn't get them from the builder because they didn't have very many choices.

Just so you'll have an idea, we were looking at mainly 2 1/2" wood blinds. We have 4 windows that are 36" wide, 4 windows that are 48" wide, and 3 that are 72" wide. (Just giving you the sizes for comparison)

We went to Interior Innovations on Ruthrauff Rd. They had some really nice choices (they do cabinets and countertops too). One style that we liked totalled $2555 for all of the windows, the other style was $1902. I can't remember what exactly the difference was now. The price includes installation.

We also went to 3-Day Blinds... the name in itself is wrong. They should call themselves 2 week blinds. They didn't have any choices that we really loved, but we got pricing for one that was okay - $1303 for everything. I wasn't too impressed with them, honestly.

We didn't have anyone come out to the house because it wasn't finished yet, but we had the measurements.

We've never had to furnish a whole house w/blinds before and the prices were a little shocking to us. So, ultimately, we ended up going to Lowes. Luckily our windows were pretty generic sizes, so we were able to get everything there w/o custom ordering anything. We got some wood blinds, some woven thingys that look pretty cool and also a cellular style all for around $500. With all the other money we were spending, $1300 - 2500 felt like a punch in the gut at the time, so we went the cheap route. Don't know if this helps, but good luck to ya.

Oh, one last thing... obviously we had to install the Lowe's blinds ourselves, but it's really not that hard. Hell, we'll install yours for the right price.
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Old 03-20-2008, 03:53 PM
 
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I'm sure you're right, but it's not for me . . .

Come on, Sierra . . . if I can do it, ANYONE CAN!

Especially considering I saved more than 50% for a brand name (Hunter Douglas).
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Old 03-20-2008, 09:12 PM
 
Location: Tucson
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I don't know how much help I'm gonna be, but here goes. When we were doing all the options for our house, we got the pricing for blinds from the builder and a couple other places. Surprisingly, the builder was actually cheaper, but we still didn't get them from the builder because they didn't have very many choices.
Thank you very much for the extensive response, mdtoaz! See? You're a big time local already! In rep jail right now, but I'll owe you one! I could've gotten them through the builder, too, but I hadn't decided yet what I wanna do (certainly would've been better to roll them into the mortgage). Not quite clear even now... I'm not a big fan of blinds to begin with, but they seem to be a necessary evil at least on some windows. They can definitely enhance the decor as well (in different colors and textures), but since there's no decision on that, either, I'll probably go with something neutral. Besides, they are permanent fixtures. Better keep them as neutral as possible in case I get tired of this big "bite" that I'll have hard time chewing with my two left hands sooner rather than later...

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Just so you'll have an idea, we were looking at mainly 2 1/2" wood blinds. We have 4 windows that are 36" wide, 4 windows that are 48" wide, and 3 that are 72" wide. (Just giving you the sizes for comparison)

We went to Interior Innovations on Ruthrauff Rd. They had some really nice choices (they do cabinets and countertops too). One style that we liked totalled $2555 for all of the windows, the other style was $1902. I can't remember what exactly the difference was now. The price includes installation.

We also went to 3-Day Blinds... the name in itself is wrong. They should call themselves 2 week blinds. They didn't have any choices that we really loved, but we got pricing for one that was okay - $1303 for everything. I wasn't too impressed with them, honestly.

We didn't have anyone come out to the house because it wasn't finished yet, but we had the measurements.

We've never had to furnish a whole house w/blinds before and the prices were a little shocking to us. So, ultimately, we ended up going to Lowes. Luckily our windows were pretty generic sizes, so we were able to get everything there w/o custom ordering anything. We got some wood blinds, some woven thingys that look pretty cool and also a cellular style all for around $500. With all the other money we were spending, $1300 - 2500 felt like a punch in the gut at the time, so we went the cheap route. Don't know if this helps, but good luck to ya.
So, you've been proactive. Good for you. I don't wanna make a hasty decision, but on the other hand those temporary thingies (RediShade) drive me nuts. Even though I've never had to do this before, either, I'm aware they can be pretty pricey. With 3-day (2-weeks ) Blinds were you not impressed with the blinds themselves or with the service? I need somebody to come over. I can't trust myself with the measurements... I've taken a look at Lowe's. Since my needs are kinda simple, theirs may very well work. I don't think the sizes of my windows are anything unusual. They might even offer installation... gotta check. I actually have a handyman lined up, but haven't talked with him yet if he can do this type of stuff. If they were mounted on the wall, I wouldn't be too concerned, but screwed up mounting on a window could lead to spending a lot more money than paying for proper installation.

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Oh, one last thing... obviously we had to install the Lowe's blinds ourselves, but it's really not that hard. Hell, we'll install yours for the right price.
Hey, if your portfolio is impressive and the charge is competitive , why not? I'd like to meet you anyway. Thanks for the help and the offer!
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Old 03-20-2008, 09:18 PM
 
Location: Tucson
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Come on, Sierra . . . if I can do it, ANYONE CAN!

Especially considering I saved more than 50% for a brand name (Hunter Douglas).
Bummer, you NO understand! Look at your left (or non-dominating) hand! Then have a few shots of tequila! After you see your left hand doubling, you'll know what my hands look like! I haven't hung a picture in my lifetime, buddy... When it comes to stuff like this, I start thinking that men weren't so bad after all... Reading manuals frustrates the heck out of me!
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Old 03-20-2008, 09:52 PM
 
Location: Southern Arizona
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Bummer, you NO understand! Look at your left (or non-dominating) hand! Then have a few shots of tequila! After you see your left hand doubling, you'll know what my hands look like! I haven't hung a picture in my lifetime, buddy... When it comes to stuff like this, I start thinking that men weren't so bad after all... Reading manuals frustrates the heck out of me!
Ok, Sierra . . . here's a Plan B

Save the BIG BUCKS by ordering the Blinds online and when they arrived hire a handyman to install them for you.

How's that?
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