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Budget Blinds Helps and Homes for our Troops Help Rebuild Veteran's Lives

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Budget Blinds Partners with Homes For Our Troops to Help Injured Veterans Recover and Rebuild Their Lives

In a new alliance with Homes For Our Troops (HFOT), Budget Blinds® is helping to build specially-adapted homes for severely wounded veterans. These homes are new construction, mortgage-free homes to allow veterans to live more independently as they recover from debilitating loss of limbs and other injuries.

Homes for Our Troops began in 2004 and has become the driving force in getting the most severely wounded post-9/11 veterans and their families into homes that facilitate day-to-day activity, allowing them to focus on rebuilding their lives. Privately funded, HFOT depends on partners like Budget Blinds to contribute products and donations so each house is free to the veteran and uniquely equipped to meet their needs.

Budget Blinds and long-time vendor partner, Springs Window Fashions, have committed to providing window coverings for 120 homes over the next three years.  Our first 11 homes are part of HFOT’s 2014 Home for the Holidays campaign, getting as many families as possible into their new homes in time for Christmas!

Meet Army Sgt Matthew DeWitt

Sgt Matthew DeWitt served 6-1/2 years before his first deployment to Afghanistan in 2003. During a takedown of a suspected enemy’s house, he and his Battalion came under heavy fire and his weapon was hit by a rocket propelled grenade (RPG). Sgt DeWitt lost both his arms below the elbow and received burns that required extensive skin grafts on his face, arms and legs.

Sgt DeWittHe and his family are excited and grateful for a safe and secure home that allows him to pursue life more on his own terms. Some of the features are keyless entry, raised counter tops, touchless faucets, easy-care faux wood blinds and raised garden beds so he can purse his gardening hobby (which he hopes to turn into a business one day).  “Having a house that is built around my needs so I can have an easier time doing day-to-day things will help ease some of the stress and frustration that comes from having a severe disability for me and my family.”  

His passions include cycling, hunting and spending time with his family. He is currently in training to compete on the Paralympic cycling team. Click here to “meet” Sgt DeWitt and hear his story in his own words.

Our Franchisees Rise to the Occasion

As a nation-wide organization, HFOT builds homes all across the country, accommodating the different parts of the country where the veterans live. Budget Blinds is also nation-wide, with franchisees all across the U.S. and they are the “feet on the ground” that bring this partnership with HFOT to life. For each home, a local franchise owner donates time and expertise measuring and installing faux wood blinds throughout the house. It’s a very personal way to say thank you to the veteran for his service and sacrifice.

Dianna Desaulniers, franchise owner of Budget Blinds Serving Portsmouth, participated in building the home for Sgt DeWitt. She shares, “Budget Blinds of Portsmouth was honored and excited to help out with the Homes For Our Troops program.  We are looking forward to meeting Sgt DeWitt and his family at the dedication ceremony this weekend.  Our part was such a small token of a much larger appreciation for his service and sacrifices."

Sgt DeWitt received the keys to his new home on November 8 and Matt McGuire, HFOT Corporate Partnership, was there:  “I just returned from Sgt Matt DeWitt's Key Ceremony in New Hampshire and wanted to tell you how impressed everyone was with the blinds and our partnership. We received many kudos from the attendees, HFOT staff, HFOT board members and the Dewitt’s themselves for partnering with Budget Blinds.”

Faux Wood Blinds

Faux wood blinds were chosen for the homes because they are very versatile and appropriate for any area of the country. They give an elegant look that is universally stylish and functional.

  • They provide insulation and energy efficiency.
  •  They offer light and privacy control.
  • Their classic look is compatible with any décor.
  • They can be enhanced with additional window treatments like valances or drapery.
  • They can equally withstand dry or wet climates as they are moisture resistant.
  • Faux wood blinds are easy to operate and beautiful for years to come.
  • They can be motorized providing one-touch control and cordless for child safety.

Faux Wood Blinds

Faux wood blinds are moisture resistant and add functionality to any room

We are excited about helping to get these families settled into their new homes for Christmas, and proud to support our veterans in this way. Chad Hallock, CEO and co-founder of Budget Blinds says, “We share a strong commitment to supporting veterans who have served our country. Many of our founders have personal connections to the U.S. Armed Forces as do a number of our franchisees across the country. It is our hope that the synergies between Budget blinds and Homes For Our Troops will continue to honor returning soldiers for years to come.”

To date, HFOT has placed 169 families into homes in 38 states, with 52 current projects underway. Visit their website to learn more about how you can get involved.

Budget Blinds can assist you with beautifying your home with blinds, shutters, shades, drapery and more. Call 866-590-6341 today to schedule a free, in-home consultation or go online at www.budgetblinds.com to find a Style Consultant near you.  There’s still time to brighten up and refresh your home before the holidays and take advantage of our Customer Appreciation Sale Event (see details online).

Budget Blinds Particpates in Buying and Selling

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Budget Blinds’® Stylish and Trending Window Coverings Help Get Top Dollar on Buying and Selling with the Property Brothers

With passing time and inevitable life changes, your once perfect home has become a daily survival nightmare. That quaint, cozy two-bedroom that was just perfect for you once upon a time, now with kids and pets and all the accumulation of life over the years, is crowded, cluttered and just no longer workable. It’s time to move on, but that task is too overwhelming to contemplate!

  • Things need fixing and your “style” needs updating
  • What improvements will guarantee the best sales potential?
  • With working, it will take a really long time to make it sales ready
  • Can your budget accommodate all you want in a new home?
  • The kids need a better school district
  • A shorter commute to work would be lovely

Enter the Property Brothers

HGTV’s popular home-improvement series, Buying and Selling with the Property Brothers is tailor-made for this situation. Jonathan and Drew Scott are masters at helping stressed-out families transition from out-grown homes into new, perfectly suited residences to accommodate their busy families. Jonathan is a seasoned contractor who handles all the renovations necessary to get the homes ready to sell at top dollar. Drew is a real estate professional, expert at selling the newly-renovated homes as well as discovering new homes that are a perfect fit for each family.

Combining their unique talents and large doses of humor and sensitivity, Jonathan and Drew help families to relocate as painlessly as possible. For example, Jonathan’s encouraging words to one couple: “Your home is exactly what buyers are looking for…in the 70s.”

Budget Blinds is privileged to participate in 10 of the home renovations for this season. As the “expert of choice” for windows, Budget Blinds and trusted vendor partner, Springs Window Fashions, provide new, custom window treatments to beautify the homes, bringing them into this decade and making Drew’s selling job a whole lot easier!

Buying and Selling Property Brothers Window Makeover

Faux wood blinds add elegance in the bedroom when paired with luxurious drapery panels

Trending Window Treatments Add Real Value

David and Sunita were faced with a “must move now” scenario or face a major financial crisis. The time frame and their budget for a roomy new home for themselves, two kids and David’s hobbies turned up the heat for both Jonathan and Drew. Franchise owner, Michael Hewett of Budget Blinds serving Atlanta North East, installed 2” faux wood blinds in the dining room, kitchen and master bedroom to update the windows. The Milk White blinds added energy efficiency as well as contemporary styling when layered with neutral floor-length drapes and contrasting drapery rod. These beautiful window coverings were the perfect backdrop for Jonathan’s renovations and vibrant furnishings that appealed to buyers and helped get David and Sunita into a new home.

Greg and Kristin had allowed having five children to make their home so kid-friendly that the dream of any adult retreat space was lost. Their ideal was a home large enough to give each child his own room, a dedicated play room, and the rest of the house as adult-style living space. Jonathan recaptured adult sophistication in the existing home to make it attractive to buyers, staging every room with furnishing and accessories that reflected style and elegance. Bill Herder, franchise owner of Budget Blinds serving Kennesaw, expertly measured and installed Milk White faux wood blinds and colorful Cornflower drapery that turned the master bedroom into an inviting haven for stressed-out parents. The kitchen was brightened up with matching blinds, and Drew sold the house quickly so Greg and Kristin could move into a kid- and adult-friendly spacious new home.

If your windows belong in the “Throw Back Thursday” category, it’s time to call for help. A Budget Blinds’ Style Consultants can assist you in creating fabulous, trending window treatments, tailored to your own personal style and budget. In the comfort of your own home you can view samples and design ideas that will ignite your imagination including:

  • Real wood and composite Shutters
  • Curtains and Drapes
  • Eco-friendly, energy-efficient window treatments
  • Woven wood shades, sheer shades, solar shades and more
  • Window blinds available in real wood, faux wood, vinyl and fabric!
  • Child-friendly cordless and motorized options

Call 866-590-6341 today to schedule a free, in-home consultation or go online at www.budgetblinds.com to find a Budget Blinds Style Consultant near you. You’ll be so glad you did!

Watch Buying and Selling with the Property Brothers on HGTV to be inspired and entertained. Check your local TV listings to follow Jonathan and Drew as they help families’ dreams come true.

Budget Blinds Helps Celebrate This Old House's Anniversary

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Budget Blinds’ New Window Treatments are the Icing on the Anniversary Cake for This Old House

TV’s longest running home improvement series, PBS’s This Old House, celebrates its 35th anniversary this year with an All-America season, including the five-month renovation of a quaint, 1850s red brick Greek Revival rowhouse in Boston’s historic Charleston district.

Nine-year owner Angela loves the “old-house feel,” but not the old house deterioration. Over a series of eight episodes, This Old House will accomplish the miracles of structural reinforcement, restoration of crumbling retaining walls in the back yard, reconfiguring the basement to capture usable space and major overhaul of the interior. The three-story house will retain its historic charm, but new windows, new bathrooms, an added breakfast nook, updated kitchen and laundry and motorized window coverings by Budget Blinds® will bring this grand old home up to modern living standards while preserving all the classic period detail.

Budget Blinds: the Icing on the Cake

Angela’s goals are comfort and elegance. She loves her home and loves to entertain friends and family. Style Consultant, Janet Rose of Budget Blinds serving Waltham, Westwood and Dover-Sherborn, Massachusetts, worked with Angela to choose a combination of light-filtering cellular shades and motorized woven wood roman shades, handcrafted from reeds, grasses and natural woods, for the final touches of elegance and utility that Angela desired.

  • Motorized cellular shades in Divinity White Chocolate were installed in the master bedroom on the third floor, with cordless lift cellular shades installed in the master closet and the guest bath on the second floor.
  • Roman style woven wood shades in Delight Toffee were installed in the first floor kitchen and sitting room. The larger windows are solar-powered motorized shades--with all five shades controlled from one convenient remote.

The exquisite custom-designed cellular shades provide energy-efficient insulation from the cold Boston winters, and light and privacy control. The motorized roman shades bring eco-friendly, natural beauty indoors, providing one-touch function so Angela can effortlessly maintain comfort in every room.

Woven Wood Shades TOH

Woven wood shades bring natural beauty indoors

Just as icing a cake is the finishing step, so installing the new window coverings means you’re done; time to move in and enjoy! Budget Blinds is featured in Episode 8, “A Rowhouse Reimagined,” airing soon on PBS. Check your local listings and be sure to tune in to see the fully renovated home from top to bottom, the custom dressed windows, and Angela’s total delight as the This Old House team introduces her to all the exciting new features in her home.

Your home may not be from the 1800s, but if your home décor needs a new distinctive style, your local Budget Blinds Style Consultant can help you design fresh window coverings to elevate your look. Whether you prefer blinds, shades, shutters, or drapes, with hundreds of samples and custom design ideas, you’ll definitely get your picture-perfect windows.   Call 866-590-6341 today to schedule a free, in-home consultation or go online at www.budgetblinds.com to find a Budget Blinds Style Consultant near you.

Budget Blinds Is Pleased To Remember Our Veterans Today & Every Day

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Budget Blinds Is Pleased To Remember Our Veterans Today & Every Day

Thank You to VeteransTuesday, November 11th marks Veterans Day – an important time for all Americans to honor and remember those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. The first official Veterans Day was celebrated on November 11th, 1919, the one year anniversary of the end of World War I. Since that time, Veterans Day has continued to be a revered American tradition of support and patriotism.

As American citizens, it’s our duty to not only show our support with celebrations such as Veterans Day, but also to ensure that all of our valued veterans have the opportunities they need to live happy, healthy, and productive lives when they return from overseas.

In recent years, franchising has become one of the most lucrative career paths for veterans and retired military personnel. Franchising with an industry leader like Budget Blinds offers first-time business owners an established business model and brand name to build on. Franchising is a unique way for military veterans to channel the skills and experience they gained during service to their country into a productive career without having to work in a rigid corporate structure.

Budget Blinds has a long history in supporting veterans through franchising opportunities. A leading provider of window coverings and custom drapes, Budget Blinds has strived to offer unique franchise opportunities tailored to the personal and financial goals of military veterans. Window coverings represent a nine billion dollar industry that’s projected to continue to grow, and Budget Blinds is proud to participate in various programs for our military veterans.

"Thank you so much for your dedication to this country . . . without you and your families making sacrifices, my partners and I could not have started our business . . . and been allowed to live the American Dream that we so richly enjoy.” – Chad Hallock, CEO of Budget Blinds

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BUDGET BLINDS PARTNERS WITH HOMES FOR OUR TROOPS TO PROVIDE WINDOW COVERINGS FOR SPECIALLY ADAPTED VETERAN HOMES

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BUDGET BLINDS PARTNERS WITH HOMES FOR OUR TROOPS TO PROVIDE WINDOW COVERINGS FOR SPECIALLY ADAPTED VETERAN HOMES

California Franchise Brand Outfits Ten Homes for Veterans in 2014

Homes For Our Troops Logo ORANGE, CA—Budget Blinds, a custom window covering franchise and Home Franchise Concepts brand, has partnered with national non-profit, Homes for Our Troops, to provide specially adapted, mortgage-free homes for severely injured Veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Through this partnership, Budget Blinds will provide window coverings in ten homes across the country between November 1 and December 31, 2014, and in every HFOT home over the next three years. The homes built for these Veterans will help to restore the freedom and independence that they sacrificed while serving our nation and enables them to focus on family, recovery and re-building their lives.

Budget Blinds would like to thank its manufacturing partner Springs Window Fashions for donating the window treatments that will add beauty, convenience and energy efficiency to these homes for many years to come.

Cities in which these specially adapted homes are being built in 2014 include:

  • Hopkinton, NH 
  • Hillsboro, Oreg. 
  • Murrieta, Calif.  
  • Mesa, Ariz.  
  • Yacaipa, Calif. 
  • Somerville, Tenn.  
  • McLendon-Chisholm, TX 
  • Marysville, Ohio 
  • Dandridge, Tenn. 
  • Polson, Mont. 

“At Home Franchise Concepts we share a strong commitment to supporting Veterans who have served our country. Many of our founders have personal connections to the U.S. Armed Forces as do a number of our franchisees across the country,” says Chad Hallock, Chief Executive Officer of Homes Franchise Concepts. “It is our hope that the synergies between Budget Blinds and Homes for Our Troops will continue to honor returning Veterans for years to come.”

“Homes for Our Troops is fortunate to have the support of patriotic businesses like Budget Blinds to help us in our mission of building specially adapted homes for our nation’s Veterans,” says Major General (USA, Retired) Timothy P. McHale –President/CEO of Homes for Our Troops. “Having partnerships like this is crucial in allowing us to return the gift of freedom and independence that these Heroes fought so bravely to protect.”

The partnership with Homes for Our Troops comes about a year after Home Franchise Concepts developed a program called the Million Dollar Franchise Event (MDFE), which is a commitment to providing $1M in discounts to U.S. Veterans interested in purchasing one of the company’s franchise brands. MDFE helps veterans achieve the American dream of independent ownership. Since the inception of MDFE, Home Franchise Concepts has given more than $600,000 in discounts.

Veterans can begin learning more about this unique opportunity and explore the application process by visiting www.BB4Vets.com or www.TL4Vets.com.

About Budget Blinds
Budget Blinds was founded in 1992 and currently boasts over 900 franchise territories serving more than 7,500 cities throughout the United States and Canada. The company offers customers a full line of quality window coverings including shutters, shades, blinds, draperies and window film. It also provides free in-home consultations as well as complete measuring and installation services. Budget Blinds has been recognized as a leader in the franchise industry by organizations such as Entrepreneur, AllBusiness, Inc. and Franchise Business Review. With a strong vendor alliance program and growing product portfolio, Budget Blinds is the clear franchising leader in the multi-billion dollar window coverings market. For more information on Budget Blinds, visit www.budgetblinds.com or connect with us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/budgetblinds. For franchise opportunities, please visit www.budget-blinds-franchise.com.

About Homes for Our Troops
Homes for Our Troops (HFOT) is a privately funded 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization building specially adapted, mortgage-free homes nationwide for the most severely injured Veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. Most of these Veterans are multiple amputees, paraplegic, quadriplegic or suffered severe traumatic brain injury (TBI).  These homes restore some of the freedom and independence our Veterans sacrificed defending ours, and enable them to focus on their family, recovery, and re-building their lives. Since its inception in 2004, over 90 percent of donations to Homes for Our Troops has gone to directly support Veterans.  Visit hfotusa.org

Budget Blinds Ranks Among Top 200 Best Franchises

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BUDGET BLINDS RECOGNIZED AS TOP FRANCHISE BY FRANCHISE TIMES MAGAZINE

Franchise Times  ORANGE, CA (Oct. 31, 2014) — Home Franchise Concepts (HFC), parent company of Budget Blinds®, is proud to announce that Budget Blinds was featured on the Franchise Times annual Top 200 list of top franchise brands. This is the third year that Budget Blinds has been recognized.  In 2014 Budget Blinds landed at No. 188 on the list, climbing 12 notches from their No. 200 ranking in 2013. 

“Over the past 20 years, we’ve supported 1,300 people in their pursuit of the American Dream of business ownership.  We are continually inspired by their strong work ethic and positive attitude that’s paid off in success for them, their families and Budget Blinds as a whole. They are the reason we’re a top franchise, and why we have so much momentum,” said Chad Hallock, CEO of Home Franchise Concepts.

When conducting and scoring the Top 200 Franchises, Franchise Times focused on global sales, U.S. units, international units, total units, percentage franchised, sales growth percentage and unit percentage. The full ranking can be found online at: franchisetimes.com/Resources/Top-200/.

For more information about parent company Home Franchise Concepts, please visit: homefranchiseconcepts.com.

About Budget Blinds

Budget Blinds® was founded in 1992 and currently boasts over 900 franchise territories serving nearly 7,500 cities throughout the United States and Canada. The company offers customers a full line of quality window coverings including shutters, shades, blinds and draperies. It also provides free in-home consultations as well as measuring and installation services. Budget Blinds has been recognized as a leader in the franchise industry by organizations such as Entrepreneur, AllBusiness, Inc. and Franchise Business Review. With a strong vendor alliance program and growing product portfolio, Budget Blinds is the clear franchising leader in the multi-billion dollar window coverings market. For more information on Budget Blinds, visit budgetblinds.com. For franchise opportunities, please visit budget-blinds-franchise.com.

About Franchise Times

Franchise Times is a trade magazine covering the franchise community, although its readers will tell you it's a different kind of trade publication. Yes, the 10-times a year magazine publishes columns by experts, in-depth analysis, hard-hitting investigative pieces and numerous articles designed to help franchisors, multi-unit franchisees and vendors improve their businesses. But it also includes some fun pieces, including features and personality profiles on the people and companies that make up the numerous industries that use business-format franchising to grow their companies.

 

Layered Window Treatments Add Beauty, Comfort, and Value

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Make Your Home Cozy and Welcoming by Layering Window Treatments for Beauty and Comfort as seen on Buying and Selling with the Property Brothers

We’ve all heard the warm, fuzzy clichés about home:

  • Home is where the heart is (Pliny the Elder)
  • A man’s home is his castle (Old English proverb)
  • There’s no place like home (Dorothy, Wizard of Oz)

How do you feel about home?  Is your home a sanctuary from the work-a-day world, or does going home add to your stress? Do you dream of having a home that wraps around you like a luscious down-filled comforter?

Budget Blinds® believes every home should be a comfortable and inviting experience, and that beautiful window treatments contribute to creating that atmosphere. Partnering with HGTV’s popular home improvement TV show, Buying and Selling with the Property Brothers, Budget Blinds is privileged this season to help 10 families’ dreams of home and comfort come true.

Help for the harried homeowner

Jonathan and Drew Scott are indeed brothers, twins in fact; one a savvy real estate professional and the other a home-makeover genius. Together they help desperate families get out of their outgrown homes and into new homes that accommodate each family’s changing needs.

One major challenge in every episode is for Drew to sell the existing home for enough money to afford the new, larger home. Inevitably, the existing house is under market value in its current condition, and that’s where Jonathan works his magic. His renovation philosophy that drives the makeovers: “Educate the homeowner on how to maximize the appeal of their home and make it look like a million bucks.”

Part of this magic is installing custom-designed window treatments from Budget Blinds, transforming rooms from dull to dynamic, adding style and personality.

Layered window treatments add beauty, comfort and value

Pastor Chris and Jennifer are raising nine children in a three-bedroom, one-bath home. Their need for more space is certainly obvious! While Drew searches for a much larger, yet budget-friendly home, Jonathan must update their well-used home to make it attractive to buyers for a quick sell.

Budget Blinds transformed the tired dining and family rooms into fabulous spaces exuding comfort and charm. Milk White 2” faux wood blinds from our Signature Series® collection made the windows look beautiful and fresh, with added-value light and privacy control. Layering lined drapes in Magic and Paradise designs over the blinds increased the energy efficiency of the window treatments in each room, lending style and warmth. This upgrade made Drew’s selling job easier and brought Chris, Jennifer and all the kids closer to getting their new home. See the final results on Pinterest by clicking here.

Evanna and Lazarus want a move-in ready new home for their three kids, but face daunting challenges with their older home. Not only does Jonathan have major surprises to address that push expenses over the remodeling budget, Drew is faced with realtor distrust by the couple. He has to step up his considerable charm and expertise into high gear to make everybody happy.

Budget Blinds updated the kitchen and breakfast nook areas with 2” smooth-finish, Milk White faux wood blinds, creating a brighter, more inviting atmosphere. The master bedroom also received Milk White faux wood blinds to modernize the room. Lined floor-length draperies in a Waterfall design brought a cohesive touch to the rooms and created a relaxed, cozy feeling. See their home makeover on Pinterest by clicking here.

Jan Fitzgerald, Budget Blinds franchise owner serving Roswell, Georgia, handled the measuring and installation, and Springs Window Fashions, a trusted manufacturing partner of Budget Blinds, provided the faux wood blinds and custom draperies for these two successful renovations .

Layered Window Coverings

A Budget Blinds Style Consultant will come to you with samples and design ideas guaranteed to transform your home.

Budget Blinds is America’s #1 window coverings franchise with over 1,000 consultants in the U.S. and Canada. For over 20 years, they’ve provided quality products and solutions:

Turning your home into a calming, comfortable sanctuary may not be as challenging as you think. If you’re inspired to update your home’s windows, a Budget Blinds Style Consultant is just a phone call away. A Style Consultant will come to you with hundreds of samples and design ideas to find the best options for your home. Call 866-590-6341 today to schedule a free, in-home consultation or go online at www.budgetblinds.com to find a Style Consultant near you.

Check your local TV listings for Buying and Selling with the Property Brothers and learn some valuable tips for making your home more comfortable and enjoyable for your family.

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