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A Thing or Two about Window Blinds

A Thing or Two about Window Blinds Blinds are typically made of vertical or horizontal slats. Blinds can be used for windows, doors, and even room entrances. Blinds are hung to filter light, allow for privacy, and also insulate spaces. These slats are made of plastic, metals, and sometimes fabric. Custom blinds can be specifically made for spaces inside a building. Readymade blinds are available in standard sizes for doors and windows and they come cheaper. Apartments of today, as well as commercial buildings featuring offices, are styled with different types of blinds. In this article, we attempt to provide information about the common types of blinds that are available in the market. Venetian Blinds Venetian blinds have horizontal slats that are made of metal, plastic, or wood. The slats can be tilted up to 180 degrees to allow a specific amount of light to come in. Modern Venetian blinds are also available as ‘cordless’ types. This type is preferred by families having small children and/or pets. Mini Blinds Mini blinds are often the smaller version of Venetian blinds. The slats of mini blinds are often made of metal. The micro blind is an even smaller version of the mini blind with the slats measuring just half an inch wide. Vertical Blinds Vertical blinds are the best choice for large windows or glass doors. The slats for these blinds of made of fabric or vinyl. An important point to note is that you should measure the length of the slats that you need only after fixing the horizontal track on the top. However, in case you do not measure, the slats may trail on the floor. Well, if you want them like this, you can install them without measuring their length. Panel Blinds Panel blinds are vertical and the slats are usually made with fabric. These can be used as room dividers as well as for covering windows. Usually, they do not have a tilt option. So they either filter out all the light or allow in all the light. Motorized Blinds Motorized blinds are more expensive than the other types. Nowadays, the controls can be initiated via apps on smartphones or via smart home assistants like Siri or Alexa. This model ably supports those individuals with disabilities. They also look stylish, which means they are for everybody. Aluminum Blinds Aluminum blinds work best for rooms that are sunny as they effectively repel the heat. These are best suited for living rooms or bedrooms. The slats are made of 6- or 8-gauge aluminium and the slats have widths of ½ inch up to 2 inches. Rolling Blinds Rolling blinds are designed to unroll from a spool that is installed at the top near the frame. This type is mainly used to keep away the heat and light of a room. They are also used to keep out the winds.
Outdoor Blinds When designing outdoor blinds, the slats are placed closer together. Moreover, the material they are made of is tough enough to withstand the sun, heat, snow, and the winds. The slats are made of materials like bamboo, wood, or reeds. They are often used in the verandahs and the porch. Cellular Shades In this model, blinds made of spun polyester come in different shapes (honeycomb-shaped shades, double-triple comb) help to trap air and allows better temperature control. Tips for maintaining window blinds • Remove dust and dirt once a week from vinyl, wood, and aluminium slats using a feather duster or a soft cloth. • For aluminium and vinyl slats, it is a good idea to remove dirt once a month by wiping them with a damp cloth. However, this should not be done for wooden slats as it can leave behind stains and marks. For wooden slats, it is a good idea to use a wood cleaner. • You can also clean vinyl and aluminium slats by removing them after undoing the brackets on the wall and placing them in a bath of mild cleaning detergent. You can place them on a thick towel laid at the base of the bath to avoid any scratches. Wipe them gently with a soft cloth to remove any stain.

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Home Loan Guide for the Millennial

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If you are an upwardly-mobile millennial in India, you would have already realized the importance of worthwhile investments that you have to start making now. Having a home of your own is surely one of them. However, you would have also realized that buying a home is not that easy a job. If you are planning to buy your first home, considering that you are young, you may require some sort of financial assistance to help buy your first home. Many banks and other financial institutions provide loans to eligible individuals which would help them buy their houses. If you are at this juncture in your life, you must obtain a clear idea about how home loans and mortgages work in India. Committing hasty mistakes can cost you a great deal of money as home loans run for 20 to 30 years. This simple home loan guide will provide you with some basics that will help you when applying for a home loan in India. What is a Home Loan? A home loan is the amount of money that you borrow from any financial institution or bank of your choice at their specified rate of interest. The institution usually requires that you pay back the borrowed sum in the form of equated monthly instalments (EMIs) in a mutually agreed period. In most cases, the borrower offers the property that they intend to purchase as collateral security against the money borrowed. In case you, the borrower, fail to pay off the loan as specified, the institution would sell the collateral security property to recover the outstanding amount. Advantages of taking a home loan Availing of a home loan is surely a long-term commitment for you. However, there are several advantages you enjoy in the longer term. • Over time, the value of your house will appreciate and not depreciate. This means it can be a source of wealth for you in your later years. • A home loan falls under the category of good debt as it is linked to the acquisition of an asset, unlike credit card loans. When you pay off the loan on time, your creditworthiness swings positively. • A home loan comes with tax benefits. The payments that you make as interest towards a home loan, the interest you pay during the pre-construction period, the principal amount that you have repaid, the registration and stamp duty charges, etc., can all be used as deductions during the payment of taxes. Different Types of Homes Loans in India Home Loan This is a loan using which you can buy a property under construction, a unit that is ready to move into, or one put up for a second sale. Typically, you can avail up to 85% of the cost of the dwelling when you take this loan. Land Purchase Loan Banks may provide loans to buy plots of land within the corporation/municipal limits. The interest rates are similar to that of regular home loans and the processing also follows the same steps. The usual limit for the loan amount is 70% of the plot value. Home Construction Loan If you want to construct a home and not buy a readymade dwelling unit and you want financial help for this, you should apply for a home construction loan. The application procedure and the processing of the documents are different in this case. You should have already purchased the plot where you plan to construct the house and the house should be built within a year. Home Renovation/Expansion Loan If you already own a home but want to remodel a room or expand the size of your home, you have to apply for a Renovation/Expansion loan. Institutions lend up to 75% of the expansion or renovations costs involved. The amount of loan sanctioned depends on many factors such as your age, your creditworthiness, your repayment ability, etc. The term of this type of loan is usually 15 years and you should be at least age 21 or above to apply for this type of loan. NRI Home Loan This loan is a variant of the regular home loan that helps non-resident Indians to buy property in their home country. The compliance aspects and application procedures are different for this type of loan. Other loan types include home improvement loans, bridged, loans, home conversion loans, etc. Eligibility and Documentation required for Application of Home Loans The eligibility criteria for applying for home loans include: • In India, you can be salaried, self-employed, or a business person to become eligible for applying for a home loan. • You must have completed 18 years of age at least. Most banks/financial institutions offer home loans to salaried/self-employed in the age group of 18/21 years to 70 years. • You should have a regular income to prove that you can repay the loan on time. • Your savings history and professional stability are important. • A bad credit history within three months before the application month can have a negative effect. • The type of residence you currently stay in is taken into account. Documents Required when applying for a Home Loan When applying for a home loan, you are required to submit the following documents: Checklist 1.0 Completed loan application form with photos 2.0 Proof of identification (any one of the below) Driving licence/ration card/passport/PAN card/ Voter’s ID card/ employee ID/bank passbook 3.0 Proof of age (any one of the below) PAN card/birth certificate/10th standard mark sheet/bank passbook/passport/driving license 4.0 Proof of address (any one of the below) Bank passbook/Bank account statement/Voter’s ID card/Ration card/Passport/Utility bill/LIC policy 5.0 Income Proof: Salaried individuals (any one of the below) • Form 16/Letter from employer (Appointment letter also required if you have been with the current employer for less than a year)/Last three months’ pay slip/Three years’ IT returns/Six months’ bank statement Self Employed Businessmen (any one of the below) • Last three years’ income tax returns /Last two years’ Balance Sheet and Profit and Loss Account None of these lists is exhaustive and vary according to the lender’s requirements. A home loan is a long-term commitment, and you should choose the loan wisely after clearly understanding your commitment during the term of the loan.
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