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Made In The Shade Blinds your Trusted Saskatoon Blinds & Window Coverings Expert tip on working with businesses who care

Made in the Shade Blinds Saskatoon wants to help you get your windows on the Best Dressed list! They offer free in-home consultations, where they bring the showroom to you. Not only is this more convenient for you, it allows you to see a variety of choices for your home, surrounded by your colors and furnishings, in your home’s own natural light. Made In The Shade Saskatoon are your Trusted Saskatoon Blinds and Window Coverings Experts! 
Here Heather shares her first tip on Work with businesses who care!
I recently had the opportunity to visit a family that was not happy at all with the company that they had hired to provide and install their blinds. Our initial phone call revealed that the customer received a colour that she did not want. I booked an appointment to go out and consult with the family the next afternoon.  

Upon arrival, I did notice that the blinds were not white (as the customer had requested) and was told that the other company had told her that the product she wanted was not available in white. What? 2” Composite blinds? Not available in white? I thought it to be very strange as I have numerous variations of white in my sample books…. And of course, we found one that matched her trim perfectly. I asked about a previous consultation and the quote for service, and she mentioned that she had not been given either from the company. Hmmmm…..

When measuring her windows, I went room by room and had the chance to see the installation that was done. I wondered why the blinds in the master bedroom (and only that set) were recessed into the window casing and butted up against the window, including the valance! The poor homeowner had been so distressed about the colour that she had not noticed how her product had been installed! I wrapped up our consultation and headed home to ask some questions of the manufacturer’s representative.

As her fight continued with her previous provider (who flat out refused to do ANYTHING and insisted upon payment), I found that she had not been sold a composite blind, she had been sold a far inferior vinyl product usually reserved for builders. It only comes in two versions of white…one being the exact colour my client had in her home. Flat out, she had been deceived by her previous provider.


My best advice in this situation?

  1. Make sure you get a consultation and physically view the product that you are planning to install in your home. If the person does not offer a consultation, DO NOT WORK WITH THEM. Seriously, if a business will not take the time to meet you, consult with you and find out more about your needs, they do not deserve your business.
  2. Get a quote and go through it carefully. In fact, get a few quotes! The rule of thumb is 3…so if you are not provided with a written quote, cross that person off of your shopping list.
  3. Ask questions. If there is ever something that seems very out of line, ask about it!
  4. Work with a company that offers a customer satisfaction guarantee. Made in the Shade Blinds Saskatoon offers a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee, meaning that we won’t stop working until you are satisfied.

Deal with people who care about your job, and their reputation! Work with Made in the Shade Blinds Saskatoon and expect to be impressed!


To schedule an appointment with Heather - the ' Shady -Lady' click here 

Trusted Saskatoon Real Estate Expert tip on the Top 10 Most expensive Saskatoon Neighborhoods

A great tip on the Top 10 Most Expensive Neighborhoods in Saskatoon:

Fewer people tried to sell their Saskatoon houses for the first time in 2013, Point2 Homes’ Annual Housing Market Report shows. While there’s still a good number of homes to choose from, only 1,325 new listings entered the market last year, a 34% drop over 2012. The number is very close to the figure in 2010. On the other hand, asking prices continued to grow steadily, going up by 11% year-over-year.

Varsity View ranks 3rd in top 10 list of priciest neighborhoods in Saskatoon Home buyers in Varsity View might have been in for a surprise in 2013, as they saw the price of homes for sale jumping by 45% over 2012. The median asking price rose from $399,900 to $579,900, bringing this central area to 3rd place in the list of Saskatoon’s priciest neighborhoods, right below the more upscale The Willows and Grosvenor Park. Although not all the expensive neighborhoods in the province registered increases in asking prices last year, the majority did, as shown in the table below:

The most expensive homes for sale in Saskatoon Since real estate experts are advising home buyers that now is the time to upgrade to a larger, newer –more expensive? –home, we took a look at the high-end stock currently available in the neighborhoods above and we can’t say we’re disappointed by what we found:

#1. The Willows

501-#11-501 Cartwright Street, Saskatoon, SK

Asking price: $2,200,000
Sqft: 4, 580
Year: 2005

What’s great about it: water view front and back, hot tub room off the master bedroom, media room, built-in office cabinets with leather flooring, and sound system.


#2. Grosvenor Park

505 Lake Crescent, Saskatoon, SK 

Asking price: $1,190,000 Sqft: 4,976 Year: 1966 What’s great about it: indoor pool with private bar, 6 car heated garage, and fully heated hardwood floor in basement.


#3. Varsity View

1112 Colony Street, Saskatoon, SK 

Asking price: $1,125,000 Sqft: 1,989 Year: 2008 What’s great about it: Won Home-Builders Award 2008 for Best Home under 2000 sq ft. and spacious spa with claw foot tub attached to master bedroom. 

Why the Trusted Saskatoon directory team gives the Thumbs up to Made In The Shade Saskatoon Blinds & More

The Trusted Saskatoon directory team are excited to welcome and give the ' Thumbs Up' to the latest Saskatoon Window Coverings expert  , and it is a business we are very familiar with - Made In The Shade Blinds Saskatoon.



The owner of the Saskatoon Made In The Shade franchise is Heather Boyko, and before starting her business in September 2013 she was the Trusted Saskatoon consultant! 

When she was out and about visiting business owners as their Trusted Saskatoon consultant Heather saw a gap in the Saskatoon window coverings market, which she believed she could fill. As Saskatoon continues to boom and grow,  new houses are being built on every corner of the city and each of them require window coverings! As people improve, renovate and re decorate their homes they are surprised how many options are out there for blinds & other window coverings,  and as shopping for those the traditional way from store to store is very time consuming Heather felt a mobile service was definitely the way to go Made in The Shade they come to you at home, and fit in with your busy schedule, and as there are minimum overheads the savings are fantastic!!


 Heather knows what it takes to be a Trusted Saskatoon partner and as soon as she had served 25 clients she applied to be a Trusted Saskatoon partner. To be a Trusted partner the businesses must pass a strict verification process, which includes the Trusted team speaking and surveying clients ( pass or fail - we are looking for excellent not average), checking licenses and insurance and looking at other reference sources. Made In The Shade Saskatoon passed with flying colors and Heather's clients expressed their admiration for the high level of customer service they experienced, read testimonials from her clients here on the Made In The Shade website. Heather knows that service is the most important part of her business and when combined with great prices it really is a win win situation for her clients!  

Made in the Shade Blinds Saskatoon  has a wonderful website filled with helpful information and links to product lines they carry. They also understand the importance of social media in today's world. Connect with them here on Facebook , Twitter, Pinterest, Houzz and Google Plus to get helpful tips and to keep up to date with the ongoing special offers!



Heather Boyko is ' The Shady lady'  and she is a caring, helpful professional who is fully invested in providing the best possible customer service and Made In The Shade Saskatoon are Trusted Saskatoon Window Coverings experts


Call Made In The Shade today to book your free in home consultation!  





Trusted Saskatoon directory Saskatoon Kitchen & Bathroom Design experts Show

Trusted THE Saskatoon Directory   is proud to be hosting a Talk to the Experts show " The Trusted Show' Monthly on Newstalk 650 ..the first show aired June 9th 2012.  Find them all here in our tips library or on our Trusted Channel on You Tube which is a fabulous resource of Tips, Interviews, Demos and Tours.

What this means is you can listen to all the shows ON DEMAND, you can share them with friends who may be interested in the shows subjects and this makes sure you never have to miss a Trusted Show - we think out of the Box when it comes to marketing, so we can provide the BEST Possible service for YOU the public- we are the Only Local Directory that works for you...and the only  place to offer this kind of service in Saskatoon!  

This latest show we are featuring is the Kitchen & Bathroom  Design Show



 Kevin from KTS Custom Cabinets- a Trusted Saskatoon Kitchen experts

 Tamara from Metric Design Centre - Your Trusted Saskatoon Interior Designers 

Joel from End Of The Roll - Trusted Saskatoon Flooring Experts



All the shows questions have been submitted by our wonderful Trusted Saskatoon Facebook Fans  and one lucky fans question was chosen by Brent Loucks to win the Prize package submitted by the 3 Trusted Businesses worth  OVER $700


Enjoy the show!! 





Saskatoon Pilates Centre your Trusted Saskatoon Pilates Experts share Alison's Testimonial about the benefits of Pilates

Saskatchewan’s premiere Pilates Centre– the largest and most fully-equipped Pilates studio in the province. Saskatoon Pilates Centre continues to provide top quality classes with the most experienced and dedicated teachers helping you to experience the integrity of the Pilates exercises integrating body and mind for everyday living. Sounds great, doesn’t it? The founder of the Pilates movement, Joseph Pilates said; “Physical fitness is the attainment and maintenance of a uniformly developed body with a sound mind fully capable of performing our many and varied daily tasks with spontaneous zest and pleasure.”

Let Saskatoon Pilates Centre help you find that “zest and pleasure”! 

They are your Trusted Saskatoon Pilates and Health & wellness experts

Here Alison shares her testimonial about Kathy Bond and what Saskatoon Pilates Centre has meant to her life:



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