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Residential or Commercial?

Conference Room Solar Shades Greenville SCWe get asked quite frequently if we do commercial work or just residential.

Honestly we do both. However, 75% of our work is done in a residential setting. Another 10% of our work is done in offices and storefronts with the remaining 15% being made up of work in hotels, nursing homes, and hospitals.

On residential jobs, we don’t have to worry too much about the work environment or trying to figure out “who” we are working for. It’s usually a single family home and we are working for the homeowner directly or for a local interior designer.

On commercial projects, we could be working for the tenant of the office building, the general contractor, the interior designer, or even a 3rd party window treatment fabricator. And the person or company we are working for may or may not be located in the city where we are working.

We recently did a job here in town hanging some solar screen roller shades across the front of a storefront. We were contacted by a company in Ohio that sold the shades for a company out of Canada, and we coordinated with a General Contractor based out of Virginia.

You might ask, “Which one is better?”

The answer is neither. They each have their place and as a professional installation company we either have to be willing to take on both or specialize in one or the other and not worry about “what might have been.”

In the residential arena, most installation companies tend to charge the same amount within a geographic area. We may be higher than XYZ company in one category but less expensive in another category.

In the commercial arena, everything is subject to submitting bids and winning contracts. Depending on the scope and scale of the work to be done, as well as who we are working with, we might send out two totally different bids for similar projects. And as the old saying goes, “you win some, you loose some” and you never know which it will be.


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James A. Holloway

James A. Holloway has been working in the window coverings industry since 2001 but it wasn't until 2009 that he took the leap and started his own installation business.

In 2011, he created the "Window Treatment Installers Network" a online forum for window treatment professionals.

In 2013 he began writing for window coverings blog called TraVerse.

And in 2014 he was recruited by the Custom Home Furnishings Academy to teach their Installation 101 Curriculum .
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