The Official Launch

My original idea of creating Trading Up Consulting was simple: creating some videos and materials to share my knowledge and expertise accumulated over my 15 year career so others would avoid costly mistakes (many of which I’ve made...

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One Major Goal for 2022

By the time this newsletter hits your inbox, I will be landing in the cold again after a 3 week vacation in warm Brazil. 

Yeah, back to reality, I know…

Speaking of reality, how about setting one major goal for the new year? Please...

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Hooking You Up


Sometimes, little things can have a big impact in our everyday lives. However, we tend to take those
opportunities to improve for granted. I am speaking from experience. In today’s newsletter, I share an example that I did not realize could...

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Be Inspired To Be Your Best Self


Summer is over and now we turn our focus back to work. More specifically, to the busiest season for our industry. No doubt it can (and will) be hectic. I recently came across a newsletter by Harvey Mackay. It captures life’s challenges in a...

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Do You Have What It Takes? Part 3 (final)

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...

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Do You Have What It Takes? Part 2

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...

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Do You Have What It Takes? Part 1

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...

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Making A Leg Longer

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...

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Selecting a good step ladder

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...

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The Moving Blanket Message


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...

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Nine Feet Long Arms

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...

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The Speed Block Technique

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...

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