Appreciate everyone asking about the boss! Click on the photo for the update-
Both the truck and Dave Sr are getting better slowly. Still fighting with American National Insurance and their agent Tim Williford in Chester SC.
You can find us at…
Showroom located at 739 Sandy Lane in Surfside Beach, SC
I was able to attend a roofing conference by GAF Roofing recently.
We don’t even do roofing unless it’s on our sunrooms, but it was a pretty awesome even to attend.
I hope to be unveiling some new products and services to you soon based on what I saw and learned!
Instead of just storing junk from our houses in there, we’ve decided to rent part of our warehouse now that we’ve moved into our new showroom.
Here’s the link to a listing on Facebook marketplace. You can message me there or here on the website- email@example.com.
Just wanted to let everyone know that the DIY Corner on our website is back up.
Got a bunch of folks letting me know that links were broken. I fixed them, added some new stuff, and it’s back.
If you’re not familiar with the DIY Corner, it’s a place on our website where we recommend tools, materials, and plans for your own DIY projects on the outside of your home.
It might seem like we’re giving away business doing this, but, to be honest, we can’t always fit in smaller projects in time or it’s just not something we can do at a reasonable price for you.
A great example would be trying to build a she shed for your wife’s birthday and you waited until the day before. We just wouldn’t be able to help you with that…but we can sell you the materials.
The way I figure it, if you’re gonna do a DIY project, I’m just as happy selling you the materials for it.
Check it out, and if you need something you don’t see, feel free to give us a call.
Just an update on our business for sale to all of you that have expressed interest.
We love you guys, our customers, and want to stay completely transparent so that you know we’re not going to take this process lightly and just sell out.
Our goal is to pass the company on to someone who’s going to honor the vision of what my dad built here and take care of our customers. Best case scenario for us would be if one of our customers wanted to buy the business.
We had a contract presented this week, but it fell through when the prospective buyer refused to negotiate on ANY of the points in the contract. We’d really hoped this was the one, because he seemed like he had a good plan for the future of our business at first.
But then it came away feeling like he wanted us to carry 100% of the risk while he used the business to launch a different business. I don’t really know, though, because he balked when I started asking questions. We just didn’t feel comfortable that he was going to be the best fit for our customers.
With that said, we are still for sale.
Seller financing is certainly an option if that’s something you need to look into.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
I just analyzed our income numbers for this year, and we’re on track to do better than last year’s numbers, DESPITE all the hiccups in the supply chain and lumber pricing this year.
You ever been in an auto body shop and see certificates all over the walls?
You’ll see everything from basic fender repair to obscure things like “small dent repair in the left rear quarter panel of a red minivan with a small dent from a shopping buggy in the Wal Mart parking lot”.
The certificates are there for a reason. It shows that the techs have taken training, passed a qualification test of some kind, and should know what they’re doing.
It speaks to professionalism and competence.
You won’t see that kind of thing in hardly any contractor offices. Most times, you won’t even see an office other than the front dash of the supervisor’s truck that doubles as his desk and trash can.
You can see it in ours. Here’s a recent certification I just renewed. Just for the renewal, I had to not only prove competence, but also supply proof that we have the right kind of insurance, warranty our work, and have a business set-up that will last.
This is only one of about a dozen certifications my guys carry from various manufacturer’s and safety agencies. We’re trying to raise the bar among the other “chuck in a truck” and fly-by-night contractors.
Invite us along for the ride working on your property, and you can see for yourself. Oh yeah, even though the boss does have some paperwork on his dash, we also have a real office and showroom where you can see and touch the product.
Demo day is fun for so many reasons…
Our guys love Demo Day.
Now you can celebrate Demo Day with a shirt one of our employees designed.
Get them right here on Zazzle.
A lot of our materials are purchased with company credit cards. It’s the easiest way for us to buy fuel or pay for lumber, because well, who has enough cash on hand to pay for lumber these days?
Our company has been a loyal customer of Chase credit cards for years. They’ve treated us well, and the bonus points from purchases converts easily to a credit on a statement.
Every so often, they send us a special offer to send out to friends and family, so I wanted to pass this one on to you. It’s for the Chase Ink card. Full disclosure, if you sign up, both of us get bonus points.
If you need a new card or your first one, there’s a link below for the special offer. I don’t know all the specs on it, because I think the offer is tied to your spending or income or something, maybe even your dog’s name.
Hint- If it’s tied to spending, you’re welcome to use your new card for a sunroom or deck from us.
Now, on the flipside, we pay off our credit cards every month so we don’t pay interest. It’s a tool, not a debt machine. If you’re not able to pay your card off every month, don’t get another one.
If you’re trapped in this cycle, there are ways to break free. Here’s a resource for the program we follow to stay debt free. It works for business and on the personal level.
Here’s to the beginning of another awesome summer!
We’ve had to raise prices recently on just about everything we do here at Ocean Breeze Exteriors.
Be sure to read to the end of this…I have a way to keep you down for the current pricing.
Supply chains and workforce issues plagued us last year as COVID policies shut down many of the factories that supply us with windows, awnings, and lumber. Well, COVID isn’t done with us yet. Supply chains for materials are now being affected secondarily.
In other words, initial supplies are out, and now the factory slowdowns of last year are really affecting us.
In addition, raw material pricing is going way up. I’m talking lumber at the source when it still has bark on it kind of materials. Below is an email from one of my suppliers that explains more-
We’re having to raise prices because of that. When prices normalize, we’ll cut ours back as much as we can.
***EXTRA*** Here’s how I’m going to try and help you out.
If we’ve done an estimate for you already, if you sign your contract and send in the required deposit by the end of the month, I’ll hold to the price we gave you on the ORIGINAL estimate.
If you delay past May 31, 2021, your price will go up.
I’ll lose some money on this, but I want to honor those estimates for you.
Please call with any questions.
PS- To help alleviate things with a little humor, here’s a couple of memes on the whole situation.