When investing in a rental property your main strategy is to keep maintenance costs as low as possible to maximise your rental return.
Blinds and window coverings are something that gets used EVERY DAY, and yet many investors find it is one of the most regrettable expenses.
What are investors looking for in a window covering?
Our first instinct it to buy the cheapest when it comes to blinds for rental properties. Just something off the shelf at Bunnings or Spotlight. Doesn't matter if it doesn't fit perfectly "it's only a rental!"
A lot of the "off the shelf blinds" available in Australia are made in China. Nothing wrong with that! However, we see a lot of the components and brackets breaking in a short amount of time. Remember most blinds get used "EVERY DAY". They often don't sell replacement components, so you are stuck with a broken blind that can't be used "EVERY DAY" and a complaining tenant. It's the old "Buy cheap, PAY twice!"
A custom made blind from an Australian Manufacturer should fit your window perfectly. It should be covered by a decent warranty where they will come and fix things if they break, and they should have components available if necessary. The fabric should be an easy-care fabric that is easy to keep clean and wipe down. The blind should be fitted with child safety devices, which is the law (fines apply to you and the blind company) and the installer should show your tenants how to use it safely and effectively to avoid wear and tear.
The lowest maintenance blinds for rental properties are:
The biggest risk that blinds cause is a choking hazard. Professional Australian Blind companies are aware of the laws around this and will advise and install to government regulations. This protects your tenant and you. The biggest tips are:
A modern looking, well maintained rental property gets better return.Most blinds are refreshed every 8 years. Often when a new coat of paint is done. Apart from the walls in the house, the window furnishing covers the next biggest space and make the biggest impact to the look of the property, inside and out.
*Roller blinds and vertical blinds are 7 days. (in stock fabric only) Aluminium Venetians can take up to 4 weeks. Deposit to be paid at time of order.
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