Landlords and property managers have a lot of responsibility when it comes to maintaining the appearance and safety of a property. While some features are required by law or agreed upon within leases, other amenities are strictly up to the landlord. One often overlooked decision to make about a rental is whether or not to install window treatments. Providing even basic window treatments will help attract renters.
If the home or apartment requires the landlord or property manager to provide window treatments, several factors should be taken into consideration. The window coverings should be cost effective and durable, as well as appealing to many prospective tenants.
Factoring in Cost
Depending on the amount of windows needing treatments and the overall price of the rental property, cost is one of the biggest deciding factors in choosing what window coverings to buy for a property.
There are unlimited options available ranging from:
- Cost Effective: Vinyl and metal mini blinds, faux wood blinds, or roller shades
- Long-Term Investment: Wood blinds, cellular and Roman shades
- Upscale Property: Custom-made curtains
Mini blinds are a standard choice for rental properties as they are offered in many slat sizes and colors at a low cost. Aluminum mini blinds offer a number of benefits:
- Easy to install, making them ideal for a quick addition to a new property.
- Easy to clean and replace.
- Provide both privacy and light control as they can be easily adjusted. This is especially important for city living.
- Durable and reliable. Mini-blinds are available in 6 gauge, 8 gauge and 9 gauge slats.
Faux Wood Blinds
Besides mini blinds, faux wood blinds are the next best low-cost solution for property owners. Faux wood blinds look like wood blinds but are more durable and less expensive. They louver easily, but because they are heavier than wood blinds, they are not recommended for large windows where the tenant may want the raise and lower the blind. The benefits of faux wood blinds include:
- Easy to clean. Faux wood blinds are made with moisture-proof PVC slats.
- Moisture resistant. Use this blind in any room, including bathrooms.
- Available in popular painted and stain finishes.
Depending on the amount of privacy required in a rental, shades can be a good option. There are a variety of different shades ranging from standard roller shades to more elaborate and customizable Roman shades.
- Standard roller shades can block light efficiently. However, when mounted on the inside of the window opening, roller shades have wider light gaps than any other blind or shade.
- At their most basic, roller shades are inexpensive.
- Solar shades are modern and filter light while offering a view outside, but they do not offer any privacy.
- Roman shades will add aesthetic value to rental properties and they are still quite cost effective. They are lovely additions to condominiums and single-family homes.
- Fabric shades, whether roller or Roman, are not as easily cleaned as mini blinds or faux wood blinds, and they can show wear more easily.
Draperies, Curtains and Sheers
Draperies and sheer draperies can increase the desirability of the rental property due to their appeal. Adding these window treatments can often be costly and, as tastes differ, a landlord or property manager should be cautious about these window treatments. A good rule of thumb with curtains is to stay neutral in order to provide the widest appeal to a variety of prospective tenants.
- Draperies can be the most expensive of all window treatments to add to a rental. Even the most inexpensive sheers require additional rods and other hardware.
- Draperies can be harder to clean for tenants, especially those with pets and children. They may not be desirable for people with allergies.
- Sheer draperies will not offer the amount of privacy that may be necessary.
- Draperies will improve the overall appearance of an apartment, making rentals look homier and more inviting.
- For properties that are furnished, draperies are a welcome bonus as they can help bring the room together and add visual appeal.
- Don’t rush to add curtains to bathrooms—the moisture may ruin them.
Taking the time to add window treatments to a rental home or apartment can make a big difference. Many renters seeking a new home may be turned off by open, unadorned windows. Adding or replacing window treatments is a fast, easy, and inexpensive way to freshen up a rental and set it above the rest on the market.