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Why You Should Still Clean Your Window Screens During the Winter

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  Clean Your Window Screens During the Winter

Bless the soul who created window screens! Getting to enjoy the fresh air and outdoor sounds of the Pacific Northwest without bugs or even an occasional bird invading our space, is wonderful during those comfortable weather months. But what do you do with your screens during the winter? It’s unusual to have your Everett windows open when the temperatures have dropped, and weather conditions can wreak havoc on their lifespan. Do you leave them in, or store them for winter? How do you clean them effectively? We let you know how to take the best care of your screens, to ensure the best care for your windows!

Clean Your Window Screens During the Winter DOOR SCREEN

Screen Cleaning 101

We’re sure you’ve noticed when your screen is dirty. Suddenly it’s not so clear to see through - there is a dark haze over your entire view. Your screens collect dust, dirt, and salty sea air (if you’re on the Washington coast). It’s recommended that window screens are cleaned twice a year - once before the holidays, and once during spring when winter has run it’s course. While cleaning your window screens is not a hard task, it is delicate. You want to be sure to use the right products and pressure so that you keep the quality of the screen in tact. Here are three simple steps to screen cleaning:

  1.  Vacuum the screen - use a soft brush attachment or a handheld vacuum to gently run along the entire span of the screen.
  2.  Put some simple dish soap in a little bucket, use a soft brush or sponge, and lightly scrub the screen with soap and water.
  3.  Rinse the screen with a hose, patting the dry on both sides with mopping pads (i.e.Swiffer pads). Set screens out to dry in the sunshine.

Simple, right?  

To Store, or Not To Store

The majority vote says to store your screens, here’s why:

  1.  Improved solar heat gain - you get 30 to 40 percent more natural light coming in the windows when they are without screens. More natural light, means more amount of solar heat penetrating the windows. More solar heat means less heating bills, which is prime for winter.
  2.  More sunshine also means less artificial lights, which will help fight any type of seasonal blues as well as aid in reducing energy bills (which will also help that seasonal sadness).
  3.  Severe winter weather is never predictable in the Pacific Northwest. During a storm, the wind can blow snow into the window which can in turn be trapped between the screen and the frame potentially causing damage to both parts. If snow piles up, the weight of the snow can even split the screens making them worthless for the next season.

Once your screens are clean and dry, make it easier for yourself in the spring by labeling each screen to match its corresponding window before placing the screens in a cool, dry area for the season. Then, when the Snohomish, Washington winter is over, you’ll have fresh, clean screens to easily place onto your windows so you can let that sweet breeze in to air out all that winter hibernation.

Keeping your window screens clean and in good condition, will help your window frames, treatments, and coverings to all remain protected, clean, and without damage. Every time you clean your screens, take the opportunity to inspect your window frames and check for any gaps or cracks that may need repaired. Doing everything in one swift method will keep you insulated and happy no matter if you’re keeping heat in, or cooling your Mill Creek, Washington house out.

If this Budget Blinds of Snohomish County article has you wondering how you can upgrade your space by changing your window treatments, we would love to help! Sign up for a Free Consultation, where you will have one on one attention to bring your goals to reality.

Clean Your Window Screens During the Winter CELLULAR SHADES


Keep the Heat: 5 Ways to Keep the Fall Draft Out

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Keep The Draft Out
It’s that time of year when we are surprised Summer has come to an end, and Autumn is well underway in the Pacific Northwest. Leaves are changing, pumpkins are appearing, and the temperatures are chilling, especially at night. Slowly, we turn the AC off and either stay neutral for a while, or if you’re “cold blooded” maybe you already have the heat on! Regardless, our comfort zones adjusts as our environment changes. Whether your home is old or new, you may begin to notice a bit of a draft seeping in from the crisp outdoors. What can you do? No worries, we have a few great solutions on how to keep the draft out, and your comfort in tact.

1. Thick and Heavy Drapes

Drapes can do wonders against windows who either seem to let cold air seep in, or simply don’t hold up to the temperatures outside. If you have an older home in Mill Creek, Arlington or Woodinville Washington, it’s possible there is some space around the windows that need corrected. But in the meantime, stop the flow at the beginning by hanging drapes to catch the draft. Thick fabrics like velvet, or lined with additional fabric for extra warmth, trap the cold air in it’s tracks. Drapes can be easily interchangeable so you can match them with the changing seasons and styles. Not only do drapes aid in draft control, but they also add a warm and cozy feel to the room, and provide ease of functionality.

Ways to Keep Winter Chills Out DRAPERY

2. Floor Length Drapes in Doorways

Thought drapes were only for the windows. Think again. Go vintage by adding this old tradition to your current space. Mounting floor length drapes in key doorways (especially around the perimeter of the home), stops any escaped draft flow from going any further. Insulating wide hallways, the front foyer, or unused rooms, keeps the rest of your Everett home insulated and draft free. With unlimited amounts of prints and patterns, there’s no chance anyone in Snohomish County will have an identical luxurious style.

3. Well Designed Shutters

Some shutters block more draft than others, depending on your goals. Pay attention to the amount of space between each slat, as well as the functionality when opening and closing -- if that is an option. We suggest trying an awning style shutter which can be open in the summer, but completely closed in the colder months. Instead of having individual functional slats, this is one solid piece that opens up to create an awning on the outside window, providing more insulation once closed. If this isn’t your style, there are many ways to mix shutters with additional window treatments to vamp up the draft security while keeping the style.

Ways to Keep Winter Chills Out SHUTTERS

4. Check Window Seals

Although this is a good idea no matter what window treatment you prefer, you may want to get into the habit of seasonally checking your window seals to see if they need updated or replaced. This will help you get ahead of any draft issue in the future. Unsure what to look for? We would be happy to take a look while helping you assess the best window treatment for your goals.

5. Let the Sun In!

The best way to protect against chilling temperatures is natural sunlight. Open up south-facing drapes or blinds during the day to naturally heat up the room. You can even have your drapes hanging in the door ways to still shut off the house from any drafts, while simultaneously heating the room for later.

Regardless of the changing temperatures, Fall is a beautiful time of year! Enjoy the crisp freshness in the air, prep your fireplaces for winter, and soak in the colors the Pacific Northwest has to offer.

If this Budget Blinds of Snohomish County article has you wondering how you can upgrade your space by changing your window treatments, we would love to help! Sign up for a Free Consultation, where you will have one on one attention to bring your goals to reality.

The Benefits of Interior Shutters in Everett Washington

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Benefits of Interior Shutters

If you’ve lived in Washington awhile, you’ve probably noticed many homes have chosen some type of shutters to grace their windows in one capacity or another. Everett Washington, home to our Mill Creek Budget Blinds, is full of trendy, highly functional interiors ranging from arched windows, angled windows, and unconventional shapes, that choose to use Interior Shutters for a variety of different needs. Regardless if you’re from Everett, Snohomish, or somewhere else along the Pacific Northwest, check out the benefits of Interior Shutters to see if these could the missing part to your home.

Benefit #1

If you favor the classic look, bringing in hints of timelessness into your home, Interior Shutters are the way to go. These shutters have been popular for centuries, making them a safe pick no matter how much your style changes over the years. You would be able to change the entire look of your home, while keeping your shutters the same to compliment you at every age. You would never have to worry about looking like you’re stuck in the past - since these ageless options will be just as beneficial and beautiful in the future.

Benefit #2

Not only are they infinitely fashionable, they are one of the most functional window treatments on the market. Completely low maintenance, they come with or without cords, and are perfect for keeping your privacy while still letting in natural light. Interior Shutters can be completely drawn up, or down, or simply opened to let light in between each slat. Super easy to clean or dust - most shutters are made from wood, or faux wood, making them easy to quickly wipe down and move on. 

Benefits of Interior Shutters In Snohomish Washington

Benefit #3

Have a untraditional window shape? Interior Shutters can be fit to any window. Completely versatile, they can be formed to fit arched, circular, octagonal, and even angled windows.This will not only be easier in the rooms with the odd window out, but will also create symmetry throughout your home regardless of window or size.

Benefit #4

Washington prides itself on nature and sustainability. That’s another why these eco-friendly shutters are such a hit. Real Wood Shutters from Budget Blinds are sourced using sustainable -yield forest management techniques that help protect and conserve sensitive environmental factors. Because of the design of the shutters, they have optimal capacity to keep unwanted temperatures out, while your personal level of comfort stays locked in to reduce energy bills.

Benefit #5

To put an added bonus on your Interior Shutter home, you can apply Composite Shutters for your bathrooms or kitchen, made with a durable material to protect against moisture. Plantation Shutters are similar to traditional shutters, but have larger slats creating a slightly different look. They tend to give a wider view of the outdoors when opened.

We just love how simple, yet elegant these window treatments compliment every style. Whether you solely have Interior Shutters, or you pair them with additional treatments, they are one choice you definitely won’t regret.

If this Budget Blinds of Snohomish County article has you wondering how you can upgrade your space by changing your window treatments, we would love to help! Sign up for a Free Consultation, where you will have one on one attention to bring your goals to reality. 

Here's Why Custom Window Treatments From Budget Blinds Snohomish Are So Important

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Why Custom Window Treatments Are So Important

So you’ve found it; the perfect Pacific Northwest home you’ve always dreamed of having. The front porch is inviting, the foyer is perfect, the living room and kitchen could have been those of a famous movie star. Granite counter tops, oak cupboards, hardwood floors...you’ve spared no expense to go the extra mile to create a home you and your family will treasure for years to come.  

But wait, you’re not finished yet. It’s time to choose your window treatments. Just like you wouldn’t choose some cookie-cutter home in Everett, Mill Creek or Mukilteo, Washington for your family, you shouldn’t settle for cookie-cutter window treatments. Big-box stores and supercenters are great if you’re buying chips or shampoo. Window treatments, on the other hand, should add that personal touch to your home.

When you choose to go with custom window treatments, you have the freedom to choose the style, color, and fabric that best suits the look and feel of your home. You don’t have to settle for what’s on the shelf and pay exorbitant prices just to be disappointed with the end result.

You are also not limited as to the materials used to create your window treatments. If you have custom size windows, they are going to look awkward with standard size window treatments. Custom window treatments are made with you in mind; from color to materials every aspect of your personality has the potential to shine through depending on which custom window treatments you choose.

Let’s talk about quality for a second. You can bank on the fact that custom window treatments are always made to order, never mass produced. You are ensured not only a better quality, well-made product but you never have to worry about your neighbor having the exact same window treatments. Custom window treatments are as unique as the purchaser and you can rest assured that they are made with quality materials that can withstand the test of time.

Why Custom Window Treatments Are So Important BLINDS

Say you’re still dead set on running out to the local home improvement store to purchase your window treatments. You grab what you think will look nice and head home. Now, not only do you have to install the window treatments yourself, you are also solely responsible for any costly mistakes you may have made when taking measurements. If you mismeasured even one aspect of your window you could potentially be throwing hundreds of dollars down the drain. What’s more, if you install your window treatments incorrectly, you have no guarantee from anyone to replace broken or otherwise useless products. That responsibility falls squarely on your shoulders and it could end up being quite costly. Why take the chance when you can sleep peacefully knowing that a professional from Budget Blinds of Snohomish County can come in and in just a short time professionally install your custom window treatments for a fraction of the cost (and time and headache) that you would have spent trying to do it on your own. The best part is that all of the work done by the team at Budget Blinds of Snohomish County is guaranteed.

The bottom line is this: You wouldn’t choose just any home for your family so why settle for just any window treatments? Custom window treatments can add depth and vibrance to any room or can help incorporate an ongoing theme throughout your home. Simply stated, the possibilities are endless! Don’t settle for less than the best. Let our team at Budget Blinds of Snohomish County work our magic on your custom window treatments while you relax and enjoy the simple things in life!

#1 Window Treatment Sold to Keep the Sun OUT (and your bills lower this Summer)

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Window Treatment Sold to Keep the Sun Out

Who doesn’t want to save money on energy bills during the hot summer months in the Pacific Northwest? Your energy bill doesn’t have to rise with the temperatures. We’ve done some research and looked through our sales at Budget Blinds Snohomish County to determine the number one energy saving window treatment that will not only help keep the sun out, but also assist in lowering your bills. Whether you apply these treatments this summer, or prepare for next summer, the number one window treatment to protect against the heat is...(drum roll please)...

Window Treatment Sold to Keep the Sun Out CELLULAR SHADES

Honeycomb Shades   

Honeycomb Shades, also known as CellularShades are our energy saving super heroes!

Here’s why:  

  •  Honeycomb shades are the most insulating treatment that actually trap the heat in the pockets of the shade
  •  They come in single cell, double cell, and some manufacturers even offer a triple cell for maximum insulation
  •  You can get fabrics in sheer, light-filtering, or room darkening
  •  Many people opt for a honeycomb shade for their skylights to reduce the heat
  •  For people with kids and pets, the cordless option is the most popular for safety and ease, but you can also operate with a continuous cord loop, standard cord, or motorization
  •  Highly customizable, these shades are ideal for odd shaped windows including hexagons, octagons, and arches.
  •  Cellular window shades can be combined with a pleated fabric on the top to let in natural light, and a cellular fabric on the bottom for additional privacy and insulation.
  •  Popular top down bottom up cellular shades option allows you to lower your shades from the top, or raise them from the bottom, maintaining privacy and letting natural light in.

Need more proof? Try them for yourself in your Everett, Mill Creek and Snohomish, WA home and experience the benefit. Not only will they be functional for your goals, but because they are one of the most versatile window coverings on the market, you are guaranteed to find a style perfect for you.

Window Treatment Sold to Keep the Sun Out HONEYCOMB SHADES

PS: Click here if you need more guidance on how to purchase window treatments - there's 3 major factors that come into play!

If this Budget Blinds of Snohomish County article has you wondering how you can upgrade your space by changing your window treatments, we would love to help! Sign up for a Free Consultation, where you will have one on one attention to bring your goals to reality. 

Best Window Treatments If You Have Pets

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Best Window Treatments If Have Pets TOP BANNER

Calling all pet lovers! It’s no secret that owning a pet comes with a bit of damage control. Whether you have a dog, cat, or both, they each seem to have their own way of being oblivious to their surroundings occasionally. When their natural instincts and excitement kick in, sometimes they’re hard to hold back no matter how trained. But we love them anyway! Thankfully, we have many pet lovers at Budget Blinds Snohomish County, and have come up with some of the best window treatments for you to choose, avoiding damage the next time you pet sees a squirrel waltz by.

Going Cordless

First and foremost, no matter what type of window treatment you have in your Mill Creek home, going cordless is one of the quickest ways to avoid trouble. Cats are infamous for swatting hanging cords, pulling them, getting tangled in them...while dogs are clumsy enough to get completely wrapped up, freak out, and pull your entire window treatment to the ground. Not only are they dangerous for your pet and your window treatment, but they are also a very tempting chew toy to a new puppy. Instead of dangling this free toy in front of them, you’re better off going cordless altogether.

Best Window Treatments If Have Pets VERTICAL BLINDS

Vertical Blinds

With all the wildlife in the Pacific Northwest, especially Washington, it’s nearly impossible to keep your cat or dog from outside distractions. Even with the blinds closed, they seem to have a sixth sense for another creature or human walking into their territory. Curiosity simply gets the best of them, and they’ll do whatever it takes to see what’s going on. Unfortunately, your blinds take the beating. Vertical Blinds, however, are a great option. Since they are normally wider slats hanging vertically, it’s easy for your dog or cat to move them aside to get a peak outdoors, while letting them fall right back into place once they decide to move on with their day. Worst case scenario if your pet still happens to chew on slat, all you have to do is replace that one slat instead of buying all new blinds.

Faux Wood Blinds

Like Vertical Blinds, Faux Wood Blinds come in wider slats although horizontal, allowing your pet to have a bigger view through each slat when they are open. Because of the way they are made, you can also replace individual pieces instead of getting a whole new set. Just make sure to purchase the cordless option!

Plantation Shutters

Plantation Shutters are great since they are durable enough to hold their own against well meaning excited pets. Some cats can even open and close these by themselves! But if you have a pet with a love for chewing, keep your eyes on these or buy them in a faux wood version to keep from expensive replacements.

Best Window Treatments If Have Pets ROLLER SHADES

Roller Shades

Not only are these easy to handle without a cord, but they are also super simple to clean since they don’t collect dust or pet hair like some fabrics. Roller Shades are very lightweight, so your dog or cat could easily slip behind them when they are down. However, if that poses a potential problem (depending on your pet), you can always leave them half way up to give them ample viewing space without jeopardizing your privacy.

Being blessed with living in such a beautiful area like Millcreek, our pets are prone to be exposed to all kinds of wildlife all year long, even from inside the house. With a little preparation, we can help turn your Everett home into a space that not only meets your needs, but allows your furry companion to live out their curiosities as well.

If this Budget Blinds of Snohomish County article has you wondering how you can upgrade your space by changing your window treatments, we would love to help! Sign up for a Free Consultation, where you will have one on one attention to bring your goals to reality.

Top 5 Reviews for Budget Blinds of Snohomish, Washington

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Top 5 Reviews For Budget Blinds of Snohomish Washington

We love getting feedback from our Everett, Washington customers! Not only because it’s rewarding to hear of a customer’s great experience, but also it allows you to get a sneak peek on what you’re getting into if you decide to go with us for your own window treatment. With so many wonderful reviews, we are only sharing five in this article. These reviews are pulled from Facebook and Yelp - feel free to check them out for yourself and more!

1. Keli Hansen writes on Facebook,“We are extremely satisfied with our new blinds and draperies. The customer service was the best I have EVER received from a blind/drapery company. Connie really listened to our tastes when picking out the products. Her attention to detail really kept us at ease. We look forward to purchasing more draperies and blinds from her.”

2. Linda Knight shares on Facebook, “I have dealt with Budget Blinds, Connie and Eric, for many years. I have bought blinds, shutters, and cornice boards for two homes.  A few rooms presented problems. Connie always gave me several possibilities while making sure the final decision was mine to make. She made sure I understood exactly what I was purchasing. I am presently in the middle of ordering shutters for my kitchen and family rooms. Connie has been to my home several times; emails and pictures of possibilities have gone back and forth to make sure I know what I want. There is NEVER any pressure on my choices. I know I will be pleased with my present purchase, because I always have been in the past. I look forward to Connie’s visits. She is adorable and so much fun while always being professional. I just wish I had more rooms for her to decorate!”

3. Megan Elizabeth posts on Yelp, “I love Budget Blinds! We recently bought our first home and felt a bit lost on exactly what to buy or where to get blinds. By chance, we saw signs for Budget Blinds new showroom (which is near the Everett mall). So, one day we decided to give them a try, and are so happy that we did! Eric was so nice and helpful without a hint of aggressive sales tactics (which I can’t stand how the local furniture handle their sales…). From the minute we walked in the door he was polite, but let us have our space looking around without any pressure. He answered all our questions, showed us a bunch of options, and went over pricing. He was actually nice enough to even say “go check out some other options” and gave us suggestions of other places that might be good! We did check out the other places, however the quality and price just didn’t compete with Budget Blinds. At that point we decided we wanted a home consultation, so he personally came to our home and helped us make final decisions on colors. He explained the installation process since we were going to try to do it ourselves. Overall, he was courteous, respectful, knowledgeable, and helpful during the entire process. Highly recommended!”

Top 5 Reviews For Budget Blinds of Snohomish WA

4. Josh Gelzer posts on Facebook, “Truly incredible experience from step one. Every step of this process was easy and outstanding. Communication is very important to me, and the follow up calls and e-mails were truly exceptional. My expectations were definitely exceeded. The price was very affordable - especially considering they were installed as well! Thank you for the great experience and the quality product!”

5. Jim M. shares on Yelp, “Connie and her whole team did an amazing job with 13 custom drapes. During the consultation we had a great time going through many samples and meeting style/price requirements. The installation staff was amazing and efficient, and Connie even came back a third time to touch up the drapes with a steamer! Couldn’t be happier - grade A+ experience and installation. They improve the whole house!”

Wow! We love what we do! We have the best customers in Mill Creek, Mukilteo, Lake Stevens and beyond! We feel so grateful to get to come alongside so many wonderful people. Maybe we’ll be sharing your review in the future!

If this Budget Blinds of Snohomish County article has you wondering how you can upgrade your space by changing your window treatments, we would love to help! Sign up for a Free Consultation, where you will have one on one attention to bring your goals to reality. 

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