Who likes credit card points?

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Who likes credit card points?

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!

Dave Jr.


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Build Your Own Outdoor Projects Virtually

There’s a ton of project visualizers out there for the types of projects we do. I wanted to send out an updated list so you could take a try at it.

Most of these are really good and produce detailed plans and material lists. Feel free to build your dream project here and e-mail it over for us to look at and price out for you.

Note- There are a couple of these for projects that we don’t install, but I included them anyway just in case your dream project requires things outside our product line.

As you get into the process, feel free to get in touch with any questions.

Thanks, Dave

Fiberon Decking. Fiberon is our go-to brand for composite lumber and the makers of the one you can see in our outdoor showroom.
Deckorators
. Their railing line is among our customer favorites for accenting a deck.
Boral Building Products. We use some of their product line on our sunrooms.
Envision Decking
Royal Building Products. We use Royal for a lot of our siding, soffit, and trim.
Feeney Deckbuilder
. These are the folks that make Cable Rail.
Belgard Hardscapes
Duradek
Fortress Building Products
Simpson Strongtie. Although we don’t use their pergola materials, Simpson’s is one of the only manufacturer’s that has a pergola visualizer.
Timbertech Decking
Trex Decking


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Update on Sunroom Window Shipdates

Just wanted to send out an update on vinyl window ship dates.

If you’re planning on getting a sunroom done BEFORE the next pollen season, get that contract in soon.

A project I ordered Custom Windows Systems windows for recently came back with a late February ship date. PGT Eze-Breeze is even further out into late March.

Even our new showroom windows are late in arriving.

If you want to protect your porch, furniture, etc from the pollen and spring rains, get with me as soon as possible to get the project rolling.

Dave, a guy who hates having to hose the pollen off his porch furniture just to sit down


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Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sale on Sunrooms, Decks, and Everything In-Between!

We usually get in on the Cyber Monday shopping, but Black Friday is kind of messed up this year, so we wanted to start our sale early. Even though it’s kind of hard to sell a construction project in an e-mail. I think I have it figured out.

Since we’re still only a few years past our 30th anniversary, I’m going to offer a 3% discount on anything for 3 weeks.

Here’s the details…

  • Sale lasts for 3 weeks ONLY!
  • This offer expires on Tuesday, December 15 at 4pm.
  • You get 3% off anything from a huge project to cleaner for your windows.
  • You have to sign the contract and give a deposit during the sale period.
  • Projects will be scheduled as we can fit them in. Based on your job I can give you a date once you book.
  • Print out this e-mail or show it to us on your phone to get the discount.

I hope you take advantage of this. I mean, it’s kind of weird for builders to run Cyber Monday sales, so be sure to jump in on it if you’ve been thinking about some work at your home. Depending on your project, this discount could be worth thousands.

Enjoy your holiday!

Dave

PS: We had a few questions about the sale, and I wanted to post those as well…

Q: What if I don’t have HOA approval yet? That’s fine. I won’t actually do any work until you have approval. If they say no, I’ll refund your deposit.

Q: Can I also add in other discounts, like veterans or a cash discount? For this sale, I’ll approve adding in another 1% for vets or all cash/check deals. That would be a total of 4% off your project.

Q: Can I wait until Dec 16 to get the sale price? Absolutely not. You gotta jump in before then. If you even ask for the sale price after that, I’ll add more to the job. Just kidding! (But I’ll def think about it)

Q: What do I need to do to book a job? All we need is a deposit and a signed contract so we agree on all the specs, and I can order materials.

Q: Can you do up a Christmas card for me to put under the tree to give my wife her new sunroom as a present? Not only yes, but definitely yes. These are really fun to work on. I’ll not only do up a card, but I’ll wrap it up as a boxed present.


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We Now Offer Rough Estimates Online

I wanted to let everyone know that we’re now offering online rough estimates.

We’re doing this for several reasons:

  • A lot of our clients are second homeowners and aren’t even in town.
  • Sometimes our estimator gets overloaded with appointments during the day. With online estimates, we can chain him to his desk at 5pm and make him do these online ones in the wee hours of the night. No worries- as long as we pay him and feed him regularly, he’s okay.
  • Our schedules don’t always fit your schedule.
  • It’s much faster for you.
  • COVID has driven everyone to offer contactless solutions as much as possible. We had already done this with payments and our actual work product, but all estimates were still done in person.

Be sure to check it out or recommend it to your neighbors.

Go straight to PriceMySunroom.com and all the instructions are there.

Thanks!

Dave Jr., the guy who eats Chipotle and Starbucks on those late nights in the office


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One of Our Projects Got Picked up by Michael’s

Something we don’t even do for income here at the business got picked up by Michael’s Stores for their Inspiration Wall, and I wanted to brag on the person responsible.

For those of you that have been by our showroom, you’ve probably seen our window flower boxes. We’re proud of them, as it throws a little bit of color into the industrial park and our large gray warehouse.

But there’s a downside. My flowers keep dying. We’re surrounded by concrete and blacktop, and we just can’t keep them alive. Frankly, I was getting tired of buying another $100 worth of flowers each month and spending an hour replanting everything.

Here’s a picture of the desert wasteland version-

So I cheated and bought a bunch of artificial flowers and turned it over to my crafty wife. Boom!

She redid the boxes, and I posted some pics on Instagram to brag on her.

Then Michael’s asked permission to repost them to their Inspiration Wall. This made me super proud of my wife and made her pretty excited about her flower design work.

She usually helps me out in the office, but if any of you want some great-looking flowers that won’t die around your sunroom, give me a call.

Dave Jr.


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Need Help Cleaning Vinyl Windows?

I had some customers ask the other day about cleaning their vinyl windows, so I wanted to send out the same info for everyone else as well.

“We have the vinyl windows with screens in our porch. We love it! You gave us some vinyl cleaner that we can use for the interior that is not so practical for the exterior. Is there a safe soap and water option to clean the exteriors with? I am worried about the soap. Is there one that works using a hose?”

PGT Eze-Breeze makes a special cleaner and preservative that is great for the windows, but a little expensive. We sell it here in the office if you need it.

If you want to save a few bucks, use it on the inside, and you can use soap for the outside and the screens. But always clean the outside and the screens first.

For soap, I always recommend mixing equal parts Woolite and water in a spray bottle or a spray bottle that attaches to a hose. Below are links to order each.

Woolite ( https://amzn.to/2y7QC8y )

Water Hose Spray Connector  ( https://amzn.to/2zQM4nt )

Empty Spray Bottlehttps://amzn.to/2Zazv0W )

Here’s an instruction sheet from PGT Eze-Breeze that goes into more detail:

If anything is broken or needs maintenance, bring the affected panes by the office or you can buy spare parts kits here at the office.

In addition, here’s a short video I made that gives a few extra tips about cleaning them- DIY Vinyl Window Cleaning

Lastly, if you don’t want to clean them at all, we can do it. Just give us a call.

Thanks,
Dave


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Win the $20,000 Backyard Upgrade Contest from Fiberon!

New contest sponsored by Fiberon, our main deck supplier.

$20,000 Backyard Upgrade!

Enter soon, as the contest closes in a week or so. The entry flyer is below or click on THIS LINK to go to the entry page-


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Upcoming Jobs Still on Schedule

I wanted to send a message to all of our projects in progress or upcoming. Here goes…

1. Everything is still on schedule. We are classified as Essential, and our suppliers are also classified similarly in their respective states.

2. Every company we work with is taking extra cleaning precautions as are we. We’re even cleaning and Lysol spraying all the tools.

3. We have a very open sick leave policy in place. Anyone with symptoms isn’t coming in. If someone sneezes or coughs, I promise, it’s allergies.

4. If anything changes with your project, we’ll update you as soon as we know.

5. Our office and showroom are open with generous room for distancing and hand sanitizer right at the front door.

6. For almost all of our projects, we don’t have to come into your house at all.

7. Let the guys know when they get there if you want extra precautions beyond what they’re doing.

8. All payments can be done by distance through our website or by calling in. Click HERE.

9. Let us know if you need anything or more updates. I’m also updating often on our Facebook and through the e-mail newsletter. Be sure to sign up for both. Facebook and the Newsletter

10. The best for last…once we’re done, you get some extra space to try to enjoy quarantine a little better.

Thanks and stay safe!

Dave Jr.


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Get on Google and Review Someone Now

Reviews are important to small businesses, but getting them is like pulling teeth. Unless of course it’s a bad one, and we all get bad ones from time to time.

The next time you have a few free minutes, hop on Google Maps and review someone. Just pick someone you used, bought something from, or where you ate something recently and post a review. If you have pics, post them with it.

DON”T post a bad review either. Spread some good around. The business that made you mad? It’ll come around to them. Don’t worry. You do something good and share that blessing with a small business.

I just had a guy pressure wash the driveways at our offices and showroom. It had been awhile, and I had no idea how dirty they were, and he did a great job.

Here’s the before and after shot-

You don’t have to, but I took it a step further. I made up a testimonial graphic for him to use in his own marketing.

That’s it. Get on there and post a review right now.

Dave


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