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Motorized Blinds and Shades: What You Need to Know

Jun 07, 2020 by Maurie Backman

As a homeowner, you're likely already aware that the right window treatments can not only add aesthetic value to your home, but can also make it a more comfortable place to live. Blackout shades, for example, can help you avoid mornings where you're woken up earlier than you'd like, and energy-efficient window shades can actually help lower your utility costs.

If you're looking to update your window treatments, you may be considering motorized blinds or shades. That way, you don't have to walk over and roll your blinds and shades up and down by hand as needed during the day. Instead, you just grab a remote control and let the mechanics do all the work.

Now, at this point you may be thinking that motorized window treatments sound like a pretty good idea, but there's a downside: the cost. Though the amount you'll pay for them will depend on the materials you choose and the size of your windows, you can expect to spend anywhere from $320 to $650 per average-sized window in your home. By contrast, non-motorized blinds and shades can easily cost less than $200 for an average window.

So why spend extra money simply to not have to get off the couch? Here are a few reasons.

1. Convenience

Let's face it: We all spend a lot of money to make our homes more convenient to use. We implement technology that lets us tell a machine to turn off our lights, and we install garage door openers so we don't have to crank those heavy doors open and closed every time we leave the house. While motorized blinds and shades are expensive, in return, you get the convenience of opening and closing them with ease.

Imagine you're in the middle of watching TV on the couch when the sun starts shining in your face. Sure, you could pause your show and get up and close the blinds, but wouldn't it be easier to just press a button instead? If you can afford motorized window treatments, you may find that it simply makes life more pleasant for you at home.

2. Increased resale value

Motorized blinds and shades aren't the sort of thing you see in every house. If you make the investment, you may find that it adds value to your home when the time comes to sell it.

3. Safety

If you have a two-story living room in your house, your upper windows will be impossible to reach without the aid of a very tall ladder. Not only is it impractical to bust one out every time you want to raise or lower the shades, but it's just not safe. Motorized blinds and shades can save you a lot of trouble when it comes to those hard-to-reach windows.

Clearly, there are plenty of good reasons to invest in motorized blinds and shades, so ask yourself whether you can swing it financially, and whether your money would be better spent on other areas of your home or on other upgrades that make home life more convenient. That said, if your home has a two-story living room, or any windows you can't reach, then you may have to spring for motorized blinds and shades or otherwise risk injury every time you need to adjust your window treatments.

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