We are still open!

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We are still open!

We’re still open and continuing to help our clients enjoy the outside of their homes while stuck in self-isolation or voluntary quarantine. A large number of our clientele is in an at-risk age group, and we are working to keep them safe.

We’re finding that many of our past clients and new ones are sitting at home with little to do, and deciding to fix up their homes.

We pledge the following to help you through this tough period:

  • As all of our work is outside the home, we are able to maintain as much distancing as you need to feel safe. This way we can protect both you and our crews.
  • We primarily use our own employees rather than a constant stream of subcontractors being on your property.
  • All of our payments from the deposit to the final balance can be made completely online.
  • Our estimators are more than happy to deliver ‘no contact’ estimates and either communicate through an open door or completely by phone or computer.
  • Because an aspect of our jobs is to maintain critical structures so that frontline personnel can do their jobs, our company is in the process of consideration as an Essential Business. This will allow us to remain open longer should the situation worsen. This will also help protect our supply lines.

If we can help in any way, please let us know.

Dave


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COVID-19 Coronavirus Update from Ocean Breeze Exteriors

I held off sending out an update for our business as long as possible, but now that there are cases in Horry County, I thought I should post one.

We are still engaged in full operations and continuing to complete all scheduled projects. Nothing has changed for us in the work we’re doing or our supply chain for new materials.

As a company we are doing our best to help everyone weather this storm better. We’re doing this by helping you enjoy social distancing and self-quarantine as much as possible.

  • Right now is the perfect time to enjoy the exterior parts of your home more.
  • As ‘social distancing’ becomes the norm for awhile, why not distance to your backyard or patio?
  • There is ample research showing the health benefits of being outside. Do it safely at home.
  • It’s not fun, and it can be scary, so now is a time to ease distraction and stress as much as we can.

We want to help you make the best of it while everything else goes to panic mode around us.

To make you feel more comfortable, we are also taking the following precautions:

  • We have hand sanitizer in the office if you come by the showroom.
  • The ability to make all payments and financing completely online is active.
  • All of our work is outside, and we don’t have to come into your home for anything for your projects. We actually have one going on right now for a couple that is in self-quarantine. It’s a large sunroom that will enable them to enjoy their condo patio without worrying about the pollen or people.
  • Estimates function similarly. If you want a contact-less estimate, just let us know when you call. Our estimator can call you from the front driveway and let you know when he’s there. When he’s through inspecting your project, he can text your estimate to you.

The best thing we can all do right now is take the appropriate precautions to keep everyone safe while also maintaining as normal a life as allowable. That’s how we bounce back best and quickest when this is all over.

Give us a call if we can help in any way.

Dave


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Write a review and enter for a chance to win!

I love getting e-mails like this…


But I need your help.

Everyone has unhappy customers sometimes, and those are the folks that tend to leave reviews the most (I’m guilty of this too!).

I need your help with social media reviews. Follow the links below. For each review you leave, e-mail me a screenshot of it, and I’ll enter your name into a monthly drawing for a chance to win a $50 gift card.

If you review on more than one site, send in screenshots of all of them for multiple entries.

Thanks!

Dave, the best guy in town for sunrooms, decks, and drinking coffee


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What does a minivan have to do with the flooring in your sunroom?

When all the work trucks are busy and out on jobsites, and you need to pick up some materials, what do you do?

In this instance, I had to pick up some flooring for a customer and borrowed the owner’s wife’s minivan. It also happens that the owner’s wife is my mom, so we snuck out for some lunch at a seafood restaurant where we’d installed a sunroom a few years back.

We’ll go to great lengths, yes, even a seafood lunch, to get your materials to the jobsite.

If you’re thinking about new flooring in your sunroom, here’s how we like to do it:

  1. There’s just too many options for me to carry samples of all of them. Besides, those tiny sample squares don’t do a great job showing you what it looks like.
  2. I like to send our customers to Lumber Liquidators or Lowe’s.
  3. Pick out your flooring, pay for it, and give me the receipt.
  4. I’ll pick it up and deliver it in time for it to acclimate to your jobsite.
  5. My guys will install it.
  6. You enjoy it.

You get exactly the choice you want without wondering if you made the right one based on a tiny sample.

By the way, here’s that sunroom I was talking about earlier. It’s at the Wicked Tuna in Murrells Inlet.

Dave Jr., the minivan borrowing sunroom guy

 

You can find us at…

Ocean Breeze Exterior Remodeling – 843-238-4798

www.oceanbreezeexteriors.com

Our showroom is located at 739 Sandy Lane in Surfside Beach, SC


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Doctors are Writing Prescriptions for Outdoor Time

Our goal as a business is to build projects that help you enjoy the outside parts of your property as much or more than the inside.

We spend way to much time inside, and it’s begun to affect us medically. It affects us so much so that doctors are now prescribing “outdoor time” as a treatment for some illnesses.

Check out this article from a newspaper in Oregon for more information on how physicians are responding to inside-itis. Click HERE for the article.

If we can do anything to help you get outside more, give us a call. We build projects that…

  • Provide shade for your patio
  • Keep bugs from ruining your outside time
  • Protect your home in a hurricane and still allow you to see outside
  • And more!


You can find us at…

Ocean Breeze Exterior Remodeling – 843-238-4798 – www.oceanbreezeexteriors.com

Our showroom is located at 739 Sandy Lane in Surfside Beach, SC


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Hurricane Dorian Aftermath

Just a quick message to update all of our out-of-town customers on the post- Hurricane Dorian clean-up.

DAMAGE:

  • No matter what the Weather Channel says, damage in the Myrtle Beach area is very sporadic and not widespread.
  • Small debris is everywhere.
  • We have a few customers with trees down and roof leaks.
  • Flooding is minimal compared to last year’s storms.

OCEAN BREEZE EXTERIORS:

  • We are open today, so feel free to call in to report any damage.
  • If you have any photos, feel free to share them to our Facebook page so other customers who are out of town can see their neighborhoods.
  • We currently have up to 5 teams on the road helping customers assess damage and even clear trees from their yard.
  • My kids are even pitching in with the crews and at the office.


A FEW THINGS TO RELIEVE ANY POST-HURRICANE STRESS:

  • Some of us were kayaking in the office driveway yesterday.
  • If you haven’t seen it yet, Google “red Jeep Myrtle Beach” and you’ll see enough funny memes to last you all day. I’d hate to be that guy. (Psst…if you are that guy, I apologize).

If anyone needs anything, please call. Today will be all day assessing damage and helping customers, but no job schedules have been changed unless we call you and let you know.

Dave Powers


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We now offer financing!

I wanted to let everyone on the list know that we now offer financing.

For years we avoided it. So many of our customers have been asking for it. Now it’s here!

Building materials have gone up in price steadily year after year, which makes sunrooms more and more expensive. Now you can finance the cost of any project with us, which will allow you to build the outdoor project of your dreams and stretch your money out better.

Just ask our salesman about it when he visits or call the office. It can be done in just a few minutes with the app. No pesky paperwork to fill out like at a car dealership.

Our various payment options now include:

  • Financing
  • Credit and debit cards
  • Check
  • Cash

In addition we’re now offering a discount for cash and check transactions.

Thanks!

David, the 12 months no interest plus a few other options to pay for your sunroom guy


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What Happens When County Code Enforcement Doesn’t Protect You?

Here’s a scary item that just hit the news recently even though the actual incident is a couple of years old.

So what happens when county Code Enforcement doesn’t do their job?
Short answer- It causes a lot of trouble and sets up a dangerous situation.

As any contractor does, we have our own issues with Code Enforcement. Each inspector does their own thing. Reliance on strict codes is always ‘open to interpretation’. If you complain, they make things worse on you. Etc, etc.

Not only that, but, for the most part, permits represent a revenue source for the municipalities. The more permits, reviews, and revisions they ask for, the more you end up having to pay for them. It’s in their best interests to make the process harder and more expensive for any homeowner or contractor to navigate.

There’s not much you or I can do about any of this, because it’s a retribution-based system. Imagine Soviet Russia  in the 1980’s. If you complain, the bad guys crack down on you and deny everything, unless you grease the right wheels or know someone. That’s pretty much how it is.

But this item is scary!

A local contractor was given permits for multiple projects even though they didn’t have a license? Even worse, they didn’t have a license because it had been denied for some reason?

You have to wonder if there was a simple mistake (four different times!) or who made some money on this deal.

I wanted to tell you about this because it’s one of the main reasons I always get the permits for our projects instead of making a customer do it. You don’t want to go through the process unless you have to.

I suppose another lesson is this- just because your contractor gets a permit doesn’t mean he has a license.

Dave, the guy who hates paperwork but will fill out permit applications for customers


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Turns Out We’ll Do Just About Anything for a Customer

I’m always really proud to say that we won’t do just anything. Some contractors do that, but what ends up happening is that they do a few things really well, and some things really bad.

We prefer to stick to the kinds of projects that we enjoy, we do a lot, and that we do better than most everyone else at a fair price.

Moving hot tubs is certainly NOT one of those things.

But we did it anyway.

Many times our customers give us stuff on projects. Old patio furniture. A nearly new stove, fridge, and huge TV from one. Lots of times fresh veggies from an outside garden.

They give us things because they like us, they bought new stuff for their new sunroom, and also because there’s a bunch of my guys working there who can move heavy objects into the back of our trucks. If no one on the job wants whatever it is, then it goes into the warehouse where another employee snatches it up.

One of our recent pretty awesome customers in Market Common asked if someone wanted a hot tub for free. Haul it off, he said, and it’s yours.

Three hours, six workers, a lot of rope, and a slow pick up truck ride later, it’s in our secretary’s backyard.

On jobs, we’ll stick to what we’re good at. On the free stuff, just ask one of my guys if he wants it. But, please, no more hot tubs.

Thanks,
Dave, the guy who’ll just head over to the someone else’s house to enjoy a hot tub soak


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Who’s Going to Win $1000? (Referral Program Update)

Our first annual referral contest is well underway. There are a lot of projects we’ve sold because of referrals from you, but a few clear winners are emerging.

Here’s the top 5 so far this year. I didn’t want to give out full names, so if you’re not sure it’s you, just e-mail and ask.

Phil S.- 28,000 points
Tracie H.- 18,617 points
Greg B.- 10,236 points
Karol K.- 9,700 points
Robert and Callie B.- 5,343 points

This is also a great chance to let me know if I’m missing any names. If I am, just e-mail me with the name of the person you referred us to who bought a project.

Here’s the specs on the contest again:

Our business thrives on referrals! When you tell your friends, neighbors, and family about the great work we do, it means a lot to us. As far as advertising goes, referrals are simply the best way to get our name out there. It iss better than any kind of ad I can do.

That is because a referral carries the weight of your testimony. After all, you wouldn’t refer us if we did a bad job.

I am often asked if we do anything for referrals. In the past we have, but it was irregular or a new customer would forget to tell us someone referred them.

This year is going to be different.

At the end of 2019 I am giving away $1000 to the customer who refers us the most business this year.
That is a lot of money, so there will be just a couple of rules. They are at the end.

You have my permission to go crazy sending us business. I will look forward to handing over some money at the end of the year. I will also have some good prizes for everyone in the top five.

The Fine Print

  1. The customer has to have something from Ocean Breeze with your name on it. You can use our business cards, print your own with your name on them, pick up brochures from me, or anything. As long as you write your name on it, I will count it. This way there is no doubt who did the referring.
  2. The customers referred can be new customers or past customers. If you buy more work, I’ll count that towards you.
  3. You don’t have to know the customers. If you put cards on your neighborhood bulletin board or the board at Panda Express, it does not matter. Just make sure your name is on it.
  4. The “most business” part will be the amount of money spent by the referred customers. In other words, if they buy a $25,000 sunroom, I will put you down on the list for $25,000 in referred business.
  5. I will add up all the numbers as they come in, so feel free to check with me to see how you are doing.
  6. The final numbers will be calculated on December 31, the award announced via Facebook and newsletter that day, and a check cut and mailed.

Thanks,
Dave, the sunroom guy who loves happy customers


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