Many New Mexicans transformed their spaces during the last several months to increase safety and convenience, regulate natural light and complement their unique décor — and they did it with window furnishings. “During COVID, there were a large number of people who realized that their home wasn’t a reflection of their needs, so there was a lot of upgrading,” says Jared Munoz, owner of Budget Blinds of Rio Rancho.
Have you considered updating your window furnishings, too, but weren’t sure where to look? Budget Blinds has an extensive selection from premier manufacturers, and their window coverings are designed for New Mexico’s intense UV index. Munoz points out, “You’re not going to find this flexibility of selection in the big box stores, nor are you going to find someone with the product knowledge to walk you through what you want.” Budget Blinds’ boutique-style showroom and knowledgeable, friendly staff make the process of discovering the perfect window treatments exciting. “If you don’t know what you’re looking for, this is a great place to explore, touch, feel, and ask some general questions,” adds Munoz.
Budget Blinds has won many awards in 16 years of business, including multiple awards from Angie’s List and Best of Rio Rancho as well as the Albuquerque Journal 2020 Reader’s Choice Award. Customers have written personal letters of gratitude, too. One customer wrote to business partners Munoz and Dale Sapp, “A big thank you for all the help, guidance and kindness you have both shown us in helping with the window details of our home. You gentlemen are simply the best.” Unsurprisingly, 85% of Budget Blinds’ business is repeat referrals.
Serving West Albuquerque and Rio Rancho and multiple other New Mexico cities, Budget Blinds of Rio Rancho is a no-pressure sales environment. Instead, they work with the customer to inform and guide them in the showroom and during a free in-home consultation. Munoz explains, “We help you with your window covering project. We’re going to ask you, ‘Are you looking for insulation? Aesthetics? Light control?’ We ask a lot of questions, and that’s why the in-home consultation is important. We do our best to assist you.”
It’s no secret that New Mexico residents and business owners need insulation to keep heat out and cool air in. If a home or business has a lot of tiled floors and hard surfaces, sound insulation is also beneficial. Cellular shades, which can be double or triple cell, provide both. Double cell retains color integrity with backlighting. Triple cell provides sound insulation to decrease noise for a calmer environment. “A cellular shade, which is a cold-spun polyester product, will absorb sound,” explains Munoz. “Cellular shades account for many of our sales. One, it’s affordable, and two, it comes in a lot of different colors.”
Munoz adds that four out of five sales are motorized or automated window coverings. Convenience, ease of operation and peace of mind are big benefits with these products. If you crave natural light as you grab that morning coffee, window coverings can be programmed to open with your alarm. Is there a glare on the television during family movie time? The offending window can be covered via smart device from the comfort of the couch. Automated coverings, controlled through an app, simulate your presence when you’re away, protecting your home. Worried about children or pets becoming tangled in traditional cords and loops? Motorized or automated options eliminate that risk. Munoz highlights another big benefit of these ultra-convenient window furnishings. “In New Mexico we have a lot of aging in place. If you are a late 70s woman, do you want to step into your bathtub to lower your window coverings? Do you want to extend yourself over your sofa to lower your window coverings? That’s where automation and motorization come in.”
Budget Blinds also carries “dumb motorization” window coverings that are controlled by a button with batteries that you recharge about every six months. They have traditional blinds, too, and shutters, including faux wood options. With shutters and blinds, the client can select custom colors to match their rugs and furniture. There are also neutral, sheer verticals that filter natural light instead of blocking it, and Budget Blinds has creative and appealing solutions for skylights and outdoor living spaces. For small or large accent windows that don’t need traditional window coverings, there are durable and decorative faux iron selections that come in interesting shades and patterns.
Budget Blinds’ window tints are popular, too. If you’ve noticed faded flooring or furniture near windows, you probably wondered what you can do to prevent it while keeping natural light streaming in. Budget Blinds offers clear UV window tint that will shield your home from the side effects of our strong southwestern sunshine.
For all window furnishing options, Budget Blinds works with your budget, one window at a time. “We don’t have a minimum window count here,” explains Munoz. “We will do your windows at your financial pace.” For new homeowners who have several windows to update, Budget Blinds gives 40% off two of their in-house lines. “We want to respect your budget and get you what you need,” says Munoz.
Munoz explains another reason why Budget Blinds is so welcoming for its clients. “We’re family run. I work here. My husband works here. My sister works here. My mother works in accounting.”
Do you want more convenient, safer and more beautiful window furnishings? For impressive selection, superior knowledge and genuine customer service, visit Budget Blinds of Rio Rancho’s showroom at 3771 Southern Blvd. SE or call them at (505) 892-3281. They offer an amazing 5-year, no-questions-asked warranty on most products.
Budget Blinds of Rio Rancho
3771 Southern Blvd. SE, Rio Rancho