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It doesn’t get much more stressful than buying or building a house! Between pre-starts and paperwork… fine print and fit outs, you barely get time to stop and take a breath.
In between all that’s going on, it’s important to know what you’re getting and what you need to take care of yourself when it comes to new home furnishings and fixtures, including the window treatments!
Building a house: Are new blinds included?
A common first homebuyer misconception is that their home will be ‘move-in ready’ as soon as the keys are handed over. The truth is, most standard builder packages don’t include often over-looked essentials like flooring, window treatments and kitchen benchtops, to name a few. The best advice is to ask your builder directly about what is (and isn’t) included in their price. That way, you’ll avoid any nasty surprises later on!
If you want to buy or build a home without having to worry about which finishing touches are included, a turnkey home is a great option. A turnkey home/package is an upgrade which most builders will offer you. It gives you all the finishing touches when you build a new home, which are often referred to as ‘inclusions’ or ‘extras’ in standard builder packages.
Buying new blinds yourself
If you’d rather save yourself some cash, opt for the standard builder package and organise your own finishing touches instead! Builders often charge a margin on top of every material used or tradie contracted, so doing this yourself can be an easy way to save a few thousand dollars. Plus, plenty of painters, landscapers, floorers and blinds companies (like ABC Blinds) offer a free measure and quote service, so you can shop around for the best prices and get expert advice along the way.
If you decide to go down this route, you’ll just need to bear in mind that these things can only be done after construction is complete. As a result, it will take a little longer to make your home ‘move-in ready’. The plus side, however, is that you’re more likely to end up with finishes you love for the most affordable prices. Here at ABC Blinds, we even offer a price beat guarantee. Simply show us a quote with a comparable competitor’s product and we’ll beat it by 5%!
Affordable blinds for first homeowners
When it comes to buying blinds for your first house, you have two options: buy in store, or buy DIY blinds online. Luckily for you, you can do both with ABC!
Two of the most affordable blinds online are Roman blinds and roller blinds which can be purchased through ABC Blinds Online. These two styles are modern, stylish and can easily be assembled and installed yourself. If you’d prefer to have an expert help you out, simply contact us and a member of our team will come to you.
Buying a house: Are blinds included?
Generally speaking, fixtures are always included in the sale of a house (unless a specific arrangement has been pre-determined with the seller). If you’re confused as to what a fixture covers, here’s a simple rule of thumb: a fixture refers to any decoration or piece of equipment that’s attached to the home. So, if the blinds, shutters or shades are attached to the frame of the window, then yes – they are classed as fixtures and cannot be taken by the seller.
Selling a house: Can I take my blinds?
Many a dispute has arisen from what is, and what isn’t, included in the final sale of a house. If you’re the buyer, it may seem like a given that the curtains are included, but as a seller, you may be well within your rights to take them with you.
Are curtains fixed to a house?
Curtains are a bit of grey area when it comes to buying/selling a house. The rods, rails and pelmets are considered fixtures; however, the actual curtains are not. As the curtains are not fixed to the windows, they may be considered the property of the seller and can be removed.
Again, it’s always wise to get clarification on what’s included before you make the decision to buy or sell an existing property.
If you’d like to arrange a free measure and quote with a highly-trained consultant in your own home, give us a call on 13 13 15 or fill out this simple online form. We provide this service to a wide range of locations around metro and select regional areas, 6 days a week between 8am and 6pm.
All of our blinds, curtains and awnings are made in Australia and are sold for the lowest prices in the market, guaranteed. Just bring in a quote on any competitor’s comparable item and we’ll beat it by 5%!