The quality of the shades in an apartment is an indication of good or bad equipment. A heavy shade stick and strong cord, and a good quality holland, indicate good work. A cheap shade, which is constantly getting out of order, is costly to maintain. The initial cost of putting in a first-class shade is so small in comparison to the cheaper one that economy in this respect should not be considered as against the final cost of maintaining a poor shade.

The same is true as regards the other equipment necessary in apartments, such as dumbwaiters, refrigerators, lighting fixtures, gas ranges.