A recent visit to Budget Blinds in Rio Rancho proved to be not only informative but unexpectedly fun. Owners Jared Munoz and Dale Sapp have been serving as expert consultants on window coverings and other interior dilemmas for the past 14 years. They pride themselves on having a no-pressure sales approach, assuring that customers get the best deal possible, based mostly on an informed decision. And with nine window covering manufacturers offered at Budget Blinds, the pros and cons of each one of them are presented without bias.
Comfortable chairs and a table are positioned in front of a 50-inch flat screen television where customers are invited to allow a consultant to scroll through 370 of Budget Blinds’ past projects, demonstrating that many décor complications can be solved by an array of products. Everything from soft treatments for the bedroom, cord covers for standing and hanging lamps, furniture re-upholstery, and faux-iron options, to a wide selection of standard and textile window treatments are all front and center at Budget Blinds.
“Outdoor window shutters can turn an enclosed patio space into what feels like a separate room,” says Jared. “And full or partial covers for skylights can really make a subtle yet positive difference in any interior space, regardless of the time of year.” He uses terms like silhouette, flat front, zip pleat, frosted film, motorized cellular shades, sheer verticals, banded blinds, valance, padded cornice, and many others to vividly describe some of the products available at Budget Blinds.
There are interesting stories, too. For instance, when a customer was shopping for a treatment for interior atrium windows, Jared suggested that, because she already had privacy window coverings, perhaps the windows simply felt naked. He recommended a faux-iron covering in a garden-vine botanical design — and the result was another satisfied customer. About 75 percent of Budget Blinds’ customers are either referrals or repeat customers, says Jared, adding that Budget Blinds is the top window-covering retailer in the industry, with 1,800 stores across the United States.
Another customer was frustrated by a large window in front of her bathtub that featured a shade that was not only ill-fitting but didn’t allow for any outside view, due to privacy concerns, while she was bathing. This issue was nicely solved by Budget Blinds with custom-
fit shutters that allowed for both privacy and a view. Shutters from Budget Blinds come in sizes 2-1/2 inches, 3-1/2 inches and 4-1/2 inches, with custom-paint options available as well.
Budget Blinds serves New Mexico, from Belen to Taos, six days a week, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Be sure and check out all of their new products on display at the Fall 2019 Albuquerque Home Remodeling & Lifestyle Show, the weekend of Sept. 28-29 at Expo New Mexico.
Budget Blinds stands by their quality products by offering a no-questions-asked, free replacement warranty on everything except items from Hunter Douglas, which has its own limited lifetime warranty. Therefore, though you may save a little money on something purchased online, if it doesn’t fit properly, or if what has been exposed to the sun ends up appearing discolored, there is little or no recourse. Money is also saved on cooling and heating bills when exterior windows and glass doors have been properly fitted with an appropriate treatment.
Budget Blinds has a family-based, stellar staff who each have precise expertise in a particular area. Tim is a shutter specialist; Jeanine specializes in window film and Roman shades; Dale is the store’s commercial and business consultant; Anthony specializes in automation/motorization options including iPhone apps; and Jared can, confidently, go in any direction from conservative to eclectic regarding all design conundrums.
A lovely aquarium and two well-behaved dogs, Rosie and Max, make for a laid-back, comfortable, friendly environment. Customers’ reviews on Yelp, the Better Business Bureau, and Home Advisor will give you the confidence to know you’re shopping in the right place.
Budget Blinds of Rio Rancho
3771 Southern Blvd. SE, Rio Rancho