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Feb 01

Blind Appeal is running a great promotion right now! If you purchase a set of Graber brand blinds, we will upgrade your purchase for FREE to the cordless option package. Having fantastic quality blinds and shades like Graber is always a good thing, but when they are cordless, it’s that much better! Let’s explore a little more about the benefits of having cordless blinds for your home. 

Cordless blinds are less of a choking/strangulation hazard
It’s pretty simple but very powerful: cordless blinds are typically much safer than traditional corded blinds. Children love to play and explore, especially if there is a big dangling cord that looks fun to pull and manipulate. These cords can be a strangulation hazard as well as a choking hazard for young children. Don’t forget our four legged kids as well! Cats and dogs can get tangled up in them, typically when they’re home alone and roughhousing to pass the time. Cordless is just a safer alternative to traditional cords. 

Cordless blinds are more visually appealing
Cordless blinds and shades have a more visually interesting and modern look. They are the perfect style upgrade to your home, especially if you’ve just purchased a new home and want to make everything perfect or if you like to entertain and have guests over regularly. Springing for the cordless option just makes good style sense.

Cordless blinds are sleek and modern and fit in with every decorating style. Whether you’re a fan of a vintage/modern blend or prefer the futuristic designs that involve bold colors and smooth lines, these blinds will blend right in to fit. You can even use them to help slightly increase the resale value of your house since they are typically energy saving and safer for children. Check out these exquisite woven wood blinds we have available. We also sell roller shades and romans too!

Cordless blinds are easier to operate
Ease of use is very important, especially if you use that thing every day! Cordless blinds and shades just make each day a tiny bit easier. When you go cordless, you no longer have to think about where to store the cord when the blinds are raised which makes for an easier daily experience.

Cordless blinds are easier to fix
Thanks to the ingenious yet simple internal mechanisms of cordless blinds, they are very easy to troubleshoot and repair compared to more traditional corded blinds that typically have more points of failure. Easier repairs can also save you money and valuable time over the course of the blinds’ lifetime. These types of blinds can also be easier to clean and more stable than traditional corded blinds as well. 

The honeycomb or cellular shade cordless option is especially popular for our customers who have children or grandchildren or simply want a clean look without cords. For the months of March and through April 24th, you can purchase cellular shades with FREE upgrade on the cordless option. Contact us today to get started!


Jan 24

We are excited to announce a fantastic winter deal. We are offering a deep 12% discount on all of our exterior shades, even the motorized options! This sale won’t last and will be over in early February at the latest. So, why wait? Grab your exterior shades today. This is the perfect time to start gearing up for spring and summer. What better time than now?

 

Why are exterior shades special? Here are some great reasons to upgrade your home this year!

 

They help absorb harsh summer heat. Idaho has its fair share of cold winters and wet springs, but we all know that when summer finally hits, she doesn’t pull any punches. Give your air conditioner a break and take other steps to help keep your house cool this summer, which is approaching fast! Exterior shades can go a long way to reducing the internal temperature of your home and allowing you and your family to enjoy the summer without having to constantly fight over the thermostat.

 

They reduce glare and block the sun. Exterior shades work wonders when it comes to reducing the amount of harmful UV radiation that gets into your home. UV rays are not only harmful to your skin and eyes. They have been known to have far reaching harmful health effects, and they are also devastating to the inanimate things in your house as well. Carpets, furniture, even artwork on the walls and near windows suffer. These harmful rays fade carpet and bleach leather couches and can damage priceless photographs and artwork. Anything that is in a sustained patch of direct sunlight is vulnerable. With exterior shades, you can rest a little bit easier knowing that your house has an extra layer of protection against these rays.

 

Exterior shades practically pay for themselves. Not only can you save money on buying them right now with our spectacular 12% discount, but just having a good set of exterior shades can save you money on everything from your air conditioning bill to your furniture and carpet upkeep costs. By making the interior of your home cooler by blocking sunlight (and the heat that comes with it) exterior shades make it so that your AC unit has to run less often and for a shorter amount of time each day. With the damage of UV rays lessened, you will have to replace your carpets and furniture less often which, even though not a monthly bill, is still a bill that is better off being pushed off as long as possible to get the most value out of your major purchases.

 

We carry popular brands like Corradi, and Polar Shades and just about anything you would want for your exterior home experience. John Pitts is our expert in sales for the exterior shades as he has had hours of special training in these products….both motorized and manual. We have several videos and pictures of these on our website which you can see by clicking here to learn more about our exterior shade products and to see pictures of them in action. You can also click here to see videos of our various beautiful exterior shades as well.

 

There’s no better time to buy! Get started today with a free estimate if you click here or call 208-888-1056. With summer just around the corner, having shades will make you the coolest house on the block, both inside and outside.

 

Dec 31

With the new year comes a chance for new beginnings and new challenges. This is a time of reflection, planning, and building. We like to reflect on the last year and discover ways that we can become better at what we do and at serving our customers. We plan for the next year and the future beyond while building up on the momentum carried over from the year before. We are always looking for new and better ways to achieve greatness for our customers and this time of year is the perfect time to make that a priority as the shape of the new year develops.

 

Dec 18

Christmas Decorating Safety Checklist


 

Safety is important regardless of the time of year, but around the holidays it can be especially crucial. Unlike in the summer, winter poses a whole new set of safety challenges: heavy rains and snow, freezing temperatures, and slick roads to name just a few. But, the holidays are also some of the best times of each year, filled with treasured memories, family, friends, and lots of hot cocoa! Let’s go over some safety tips that you can use while decorating this year that can keep you and your family safer during the holidays.

 

Tree Safety

Many Americans buy live Christmas trees each year. According to one study, about 30 million live trees are sold to American households each year, while approximately 20 million artificial trees are purchased in the same period. Even though “real” trees pose more of a fire hazard, both types of tree introduce new potential risks into your house.

 

#1. Whichever tree you choose to use this year, make sure to keep it at least three to six feet away from any and all sources of ignition, which include candles, stoves, and fireplaces.

 

#2. If you have a live tree then make sure to chop at least three inches off the base when you first get it home so that it can soak up water more readily. Also, make sure to water your tree every day! A dry Christmas tree is a more flammable Christmas tree.

 

#3. Unplug your tree lights when you are going to bed for the night and when you’re leaving the house. An unattended tree can be a fire hazard!

 

#4. Trees are very tempting and tantalizing to young children! Make sure that ornaments are placed high enough to be out of reach of little ones as they are choking hazards.

 

Safety With Lights

Hanging lights in and around your house for Christmas is as American as apple pie, but it comes with its own set of considerations. Keep these in mind as you decorate your house with Christmas cheer this winter!

 

#1. Make sure your ladder is on sturdy dry ground.

 

#2. Always use the buddy system when going up a ladder. Your buddy can help stabilize the ladder and look out for other potential dangers like cords getting tangled or people walking through the area.

 

#3. Check every strand of lights thoroughly! Any cracks or breakages could be potential fire or electrical shock hazards.

 

#4. Replace all broken or burnt out bulbs with manufacturer approved lights of the same size and wattage. If you’re not sure, then simply toss that strand of lights out and buy a new one. Always tread on the side of caution!

 

#5. If you’re using extension cords, make sure to periodically check them for warmth. If they are getting unusually warm or even hot to the touch, then there is an unsafe connection and you must unplug them immediately and re-evaluate your lighting setup. That may be a sign of an overloaded line.

 

Bonus: If you’re decorating indoors this year and you have young children in the house, make sure to check your blinds and window coverings for hanging cords. These cords can also be tempting for children to play with and tug on which could either potentially pull the blinds down on them or get them dangerously tangled. Make sure your cords are tied up safely out of reach or consider replacing corded blinds with alternative window coverings. In addition to being safer for children they also look great! Check out our Designer Shades. We have great styles to fit any house.

 

All of us at Blind Appeal wish you and your family a very safe and a very merry Christmas this year.

 

Nov 30

Sometimes, just putting up a Christmas tree isn’t enough. It’s fun to embrace the joy of the holiday season and have that joy reflected in and around your house.


Nov 20

Having a good set of blinds and window coverings has other benefits as well that may reinforce your choice for purchasing the ones you are most in love with.


Oct 25

What most people don’t know is that the fall is one of the best times of the year, if not THE best time of the year, to clean your gutters. That’s right. The gutters. It’s a messy job and with winter charging in, being outside on top of a icy cold ladder digging through wet and cold muck is not something you’re chomping at the bit to do. So, we recommend you stay inside and sip a warm cup of cocoa while the experts like us do it.


Oct 15

October is one of the best months of the year. The temperatures are settling down from their sky highs and the trees and bushes put on a beautiful show. Fall is in the air and Christmas is right around the corner. October is full of potential and fun! While you’re getting the costumes ready and preparing a fresh batch of apple cider, take a moment to think about blind and window covering safety in your home. After all, October is National Window Covering Safety Month. Here are some valuable safety tips that you can start doing today in your home.


Mar 14

When the Blind Appeal owner Frank told me that we were going to add window cleaning to our services, I thought it was a super idea!  Not only were we going to add window cleaning, we were adding pressure washing, gutter cleaning, cobweb cleaning, and screen cleaning.  

As I began to create these new marketing materials for Blind Appeal, I researched the new services and learned quite a few things about their importance to our homes and businesses.

WINDOW CLEANING: It is very important to clean your windows on a regular basis.  In addition to the obvious – that of being able to get a better view of your outside surroundings – windows build up dirt and grime over time.  Outside elements such as rain, snow, and wind help contribute to dirty windows and this not only obstructs the clear view, but also can accumulate and cause the windows to become scratched by dust and debris.  

GUTTER CLEANING and PRESSURE WASHING:  This is also an important part of the upkeep of your home and/or business. Gutters’ purposes serve to control the amount and rate of water flow (caused by melting snow, rainwater, etc) that affect your roof, foundation, and landscape.  If a gutter remains clogged with leaves, sticks, and other debris, this can eventually cause a leaky roof or water damage to the interior or exterior of your home. Pressure Washing is also a huge part of your home’s well-being. Dirt and mildew can build up on your home and can ultimately turn into damaging effects.

COBWEB and SCREEN CLEANING:  Have you ever noticed those “fluffy” white cobwebs that appear under the eaves of your home?  I have certainly noticed these under my eaves and also have noticed that they tend to spread over time if I do not get right on them.  In addition to eaves, they also seem to gather up in rain gutters, interior and exterior walls, and especially corners. Screens also tend to build up with dirt, salt, sap, and other elements.  I learned that it is also important to clean both cobwebs and screens on a regular basis to improve not only the look of your home, but to cut down on dust, dirt, and spiders that can be transmitted throughout the exterior and interior of your home.

Keeping up with all the above items can not only improve the aesthetics of your home (both interior and exterior), but can also add to the lifespan of windows, screens and gutters.  

After my research, I definitely appreciate Blind Appeal’s new offered services.  We hired staff that are both experienced and trained in window cleaning to bring our customers the best overall experience with these services.  We also offer estimates at no charge. In addition, because we think that window cleaning and the other services are so important, we offer monthly, bimonthly, quarterly, or annual contracts.  Additional discounts apply to contracted customers.

CALL or EMAIL us today for a FREE ESTIMATE.  We would love to help you with your spring cleaning!

 


Dec 21

The Blind Appeal Family wishes all of our customers, friends and family a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  If you want to spruce up your windows for the New Year, now is the perfect time.  We would love to show you all the newest and best in window fashions….everything from Mezzanine Shades Interior Solar and Roller Shades, and Plantation Shutters, to Honeycomb/Cellular Shades, Hardwood Blinds, and Woven Shades … We have something for every style, decor and budget.  


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