Category Archives: Business Matters

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Everyone Loves Demo Day!

Demo day is fun for so many reasons…

  • You get to tear things up.
  • If it looks bad when you’re done, you probably did it right.
  • Great stress relief.
  • No skill involved.
  • Sledgehammers and crowbars were made for this.
  • Awesome workout.

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.


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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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Lumber Prices are Causing Panic Attacks!

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.

Thanks,

Dave

PS- To help alleviate things with a little humor, here’s a couple of memes on the whole situation.


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Want to DIY Your Outdoor Project? We Can Help.

As much as we love building and installing your outdoor projects for you, we understand that sometimes…

  • You want to build your own project
  • You want something we don’t do
  • We’re scheduled too far out to meet your needs

If any of those are the case, we’d love to help as much as we can.

Our DIY Corner is now open and will give you access to materials for the things we build but also access to plan and blueprints for projects we don’t normally undertake.

I’m not just talking sunrooms, screen rooms, and decks- our normal projects.

I’m also talking about…
Workshops
She Sheds
Dog houses
Garages
and more!

Go ahead and watch some more HGTV and scan those Pinterest pages. Then see if we can help with your new project.

Just click on DIY below, and it’ll take you straight to the store. Check back often. We’ll add more products as they become available.


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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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Where Do Tools Go When They Die?

I hate it when I break a tape measure, lose one, or accidentally leave one on a jobsite. When I do the latter, it always ends up being a jobsite an hour or more away.

I’m not sure what you guys do with your old or broken tools. Most people throw them away. Not us. We’ll place them in a bin for spare parts, have Billy try to resurrect it with new parts, or we’ll reuse them in some way.

Tape measures are like that.

We’ll use a broken one in the shop for years, or we’ve even been known to cut it into sections and use the tape on shelves for quick measure of scrap materials.

With all that said though, I get really excited when I get a new tool or tape measure. I just bought this Stanley Fat Max and am breaking it in today. Made in the USA with global parts, which is better than nothing. At least they were honest about the global parts thing.

I’m excited though, because I tried a different brand tape prior to this one, and the standout length on it was pitiful. Time to go back to what I know works.

Thanks for listening to me ramble on about old tools and tape measures. I’d love to hear your stories about interesting things you do with old tools. For instance, anyone got an old wheelbarrow in the yard that’s now a flower planter?

Dave Jr, the guy with the shiny new tape measure


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It’s Time to Retire!

We have a big huge ginormous announcement about Ocean Breeze Exteriors!

Dave Sr. is retiring, and is looking to sell the exterior remodeling business.

Many of you have worked with my dad for years. That’s him up there on the right, leaning on the company’s first work truck. He started the company way back in 1987 when we were all much younger, and I still had hair. He’ll be 70 this year and decided it’s time to hand it over. It’s not only that though.

Many of you may not, but Dave Sr. suffered a minor stroke a month ago. He’s recovered now, so don’t worry, but it scared all of us. He eventually would’ve retired at some point, but the stroke was a wake up call. He’s got lots of traveling he still wants to do, so it’s time to pass on the business.

I wanted to announce this publicly because, as our customers, you should know what’s going on, especially if you have jobs in progress right now.

I want you to know that both me and my dad will be hand-picking the new owner and not just selling to anyone who comes along with some cash. We’ll be making sure they’re as qualified as we are to lead the company and pick up where we are. We also want to make sure you’ll get the same service.

We have lots of potential areas of expansion that are planned in coming years, so we also want to get a new owner in that has the energy to put those new ideas into action. As a matter of fact, we started construction on a new updated showroom just this month.

The area below will be completely remodeled as a glass sunroom. We’re also remodeling the workshop area to be more accessible to tours of our manufacturing space.

Now that the main announcement is over, I have something to ask.

If you or someone you know might be interested in taking the helm here, please give us a call or have them get in touch.

Here’s some basic info if you want to pass it on:

  • Our main product lines are sunrooms and shade (pergolas, patio covers, awnings, etc).
  • We average around a million dollars a year with less than a dozen employees.
  • We do over 400 projects annually.
  • There isn’t a slow season. We work year-round.
  • We do enough infrastructure and facility-related projects to stay classified as an Essential Business in disasters.

For anyone interested in the company, we’re running all that through our friend Kenneth Wells at Coastal Business Brokers. All financial inquiries go through him, but you’re welcome to stop by anytime to look around the showroom. You can find Kenny at 843-448-1090 or CBBroker.com.

Please check in with us if you have any questions.

Thanks!

Dave Jr.


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A Behind the Scenes Look at the Warehouse

Except for the customers that get to know us really well because of multiple projects or things we have in common, a lot of our customers don’t get to see the behind the scenes goings on at the warehouse.

Here’s a rare sneak peek. It’s rare because most folks only see the showroom or us at a jobsite. If you ever want a tour of the warehouse, come on by. Dave Sr. has an impressive collection of antique tools on display.

Many times, though, it’s the stuff behind the curtain that makes us a better company. A lot of our competitors simply don’t have this, as many of them work out of tiny shops or their backyards and don’t have a facility to work out of.

I recently changed out all out huge shop lights over to LEDs. Why is this important? It’ll save us a lot of money on the power bill. This translates to lower prices for you because I keep less overhead.

Our main shop lights were huge metal halide lamps. Very bright, but also very expensive. They also take forever to come on when it’s cold or first thing in the morning.

Once I replaced them with new LED lamps, the lights were brighter, cheaper, and lit up instantly.

You may want to consider doing this in your house too. LED lights are expensive to buy, but the cost savings should make up for them in the first year. They’re especially great for lights that are on a lot like outside flood lights or your living room lights.

As an example, my new lamps cost $150 each compared to the metal halide bulbs. We have six of these in our warehouse.

If you’re ever interested in any of the other unique aspects of our shop like the large 12′ metal brake, come on by. The brake we bought used from a competitor that went out of business. It’s so heavy it requires a forklift to move.

Dave, the sunroom guy who’s proud of his shop facilties


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