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Do You Have What It Takes? Part 3 (final) Jul 30, 2021

Today is Part 3 (final) of our serie Do you have what it takes? Make sure to check it out Part 1 and Part 2 in case you missed them. We are going to discuss four more qualities that are necessary to become an awesome window treatment installer. In case you are wondering...

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Do You Have What It Takes? Part 2 Jul 09, 2021

Today is Part 2 of our serie Do you have what it takes (to become an awesome installer)? Make sure to check it out Part 1 in case you missed it. We are going to discuss five more qualities that are necessary to become an awesome window treatment installer. In case you are...

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Do You Have What It Takes? Part 1 Jun 19, 2021

In order to become a great installer, you will need to check a few boxes. It is a bit more complex than you may think. I see many people calling themselves window treatment installers, but to me, they are far from it. Just because someone can secure a bracket with a...

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Making A Leg Longer May 28, 2021

Most of the commercial work I do are small projects such as coffee shops, restaurants and retail stores. These projects mostly use aluminum frame windows.

The good news is that I virtually never use anchors since all screws go into aluminum. The bad news is that those...

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Selecting a good step ladder May 08, 2021

Some of my peer installers are tall and can reach most of their installation targets without assistance from a step ladder. I, on the other hand, being only 5’4”, need to use at least a step stool for most jobs.

Since my height cannot be changed and a step...

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The Moving Blanket Message Apr 02, 2021


The doorbell announces that the installer has arrived for the installation of those anticipated window treatments. As the homeowner opens the door, her (or his) first impression of the installer will set the mood for the next few hours. If the installer looks sloppy or...

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Nine Feet Long Arms Mar 12, 2021

Wide windows (beyond 7 feet) and roller shades are in high demand these days. Builders and homeowners love big openings for the amount of light they provide in the rooms. However, those large openings create some challenges for window treatment installers, specially when...

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The Speed Block Technique Feb 19, 2021

Every time I start an installation, I look for ways to cut down on unnecessary movements that take extra time. One installation technique I have developed over the years is to use spacers to install shade and angle brackets at the exact same distances.

Instead of wasting...

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The Most Important Tool In Your Toolbox Jan 28, 2021

Most people agree that installing window treatments professionally requires a great set of skills: technical knowledge, problem solving, good math abilities, communication skills, organization and cleanliness.

Unfortunately, there is one component that most of us take for...

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Make More Money In 2021 Dec 20, 2020

By now, every major manufacturer on the market offers automated window coverings. By the same token, virtually every type of window treatment has its automated version as well. Some manufacturers use third-party components such as Somfy and Rollease Acmeda....

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The Installer's Network Dec 19, 2020

When I created Trading Up Consulting, one of my goals was to provide education and networking opportunities for the ones I come across in the industry. And one of the questions I get asked regularly is “where do I find good installers?” 

While I am working...

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The Insurance Policy Dec 14, 2020

Most people (myself included) are not big fans of paying insurance premiums. If you add up the amount you have paid for insurance over the years, it will probably shock you. But on the rare occasion that something goes wrong, you are glad that you did. The peace of mind...

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