Popular fall home projects to prepare for winter

Posted by DirectBuy

Sep 2, 2014 9:30:00 AM

Preparing for the winter starts with protecting and updating the vulnerable areas around your home. The cool, crisp autumn air presents ideal weather for performing fall home projects, so as the summer heat and humidity begin to taper off, it’s time to consider spending a weekend to update your home with some of these popular projects.

  • Winterize your deckAfter a long summer of entertaining, your deck will have taken a beating. Fall is a great time to seal the wood before winter to prolong its life and look. First you’ll want to sweep up all of the fallen leaves and store patio furniture for the winter. Then power wash the deck to remove the stubborn dirt stuck in the wood grain. Finally, choose the perfect sealant or stain for your deck and make sure there’s no rain in the forecast before you start staining. Start this project early in the morning and give the deck a full day to dry.
  • Prevent ice dams from forming in the gutters: Ice dams can damage your roof and gutter system, and cleaning your gutters in the fall is much easier than trying to fix the problem during the winter or, even worse, have to replace the section of gutter in the spring. It’s imperative to clean the gutters during the fall so the drainage system performs at its best when the snow begins to fall. While you’re cleaning the gutters, look for any cracks and make sure to seal them with caulk before they expand in the winter.
  • Exterior painting: Fall is a great time to accomplish that exterior painting project you’ve had in mind for months now. The hot and muggy temperatures have passed, so you can comfortably work outside for a day without worrying about heat stroke. Grab a brush and perform subtle touch-up projects around the trim, or bust out the roller for a brand-new coat on your siding.
  • Install a garage floodlightThe days are getting darker, so it’s a perfect time to install a floodlight above your garage. This will illuminate your driveway as you take out the trash at night or when you return home from a late dinner.
  • Upgrade doors and windowsUpdating older doors and windows is a great way to reduce your energy bill this winter. If you have single-pane windows it’s smart to have them replaced with energy-efficient or double-paned windows during the fall. You should also inspect your entry doors for cracks and gaps; if present, have them covered with weather stripping.

When updating your home and preparing for winter, DirectBuy members can receive life-altering savings. You can learn more about becoming a member of the DirectBuy club by calling us at 1-800-320-3462 or scheduling an open house at your local club.

Read More

Topics: home improvement

It’s a New Day at DirectBuy: Delivery Time Answers

Posted by DirectBuy

Aug 28, 2014 9:00:00 AM

Read More

Topics: merchandise delivery

It’s a New Day at DirectBuy: How to achieve life-altering savings

Posted by DirectBuy

Aug 27, 2014 9:37:00 AM

Read More

Topics: member benefits, life altering savings

A New Day at DirectBuy is Great for Member Families!

Posted by DirectBuy

Aug 14, 2014 7:34:00 AM

DirectBuy has entered a new day, operating under new management and implementing new business practices throughout the organization. One thing we have consistently heard from members is they would like to get their families memberships to DirectBuy, in a simple way.

We have listened, and for a limited time are offering existing DirectBuy members an opportunity to extend a significantly discounted membership to their children over 18 years old. Parents can take advantage of this new promotion to celebrate a new day at DirectBuy until Labor Day – September 1, 2014 – giving their children access to life-altering savings while furnishing a new home and more. You may even be able to get them to move out...no more excuse that it will cost too much to furnish that new apartment. 

DirectBuy members can choose which membership benefits their children can take advantage of, for example:

  • Platinum members can decide whether to have their children participate as Gold or Platinum members.
  • Gold members can extend a gold membership to their children.
  • Online, silver and term (non-renewal) members are not eligible for this promotion.
Read More

Topics: About Us, member benefits

The top kitchen trends that will blow your mind (and make life easier)

Posted by DirectBuy

Aug 7, 2014 10:56:00 AM

Time is a premium in today’s hectic lifestyles and the kitchen is not immune from this. Even those who like to slow down for a home-cooked meal could use a hand.

Whether it’s a stainless steel refrigerator that helps with meal planning and shopping, a programmable stove that removes much of the guesswork or simply a better and faster washing machine—there’s always something new being cooked up in the area of kitchen trends for appliances and design.

Read More

Topics: kitchens, appliances

Meet Concierge Agent Meredith C.: She provides 24/7 customer care to members

Posted by DirectBuy

Jul 24, 2014 1:41:57 PM

Meredith Certa, concierge agent for DirectBuy, enjoys the variety that her job brings. She helps members with orders, product research, pricing estimates and follow-up.

“Each day is the same, but different.  You are essentially performing the same actions every day, but every request or scenario is different,” says Meredith.  “I love the variety of work and I enjoy helping out members.”

Concierge Services is the branch at DirectBuy that provides personalized service to members who have a Platinum membership. This includes unlimited phone support, unlimited priority e-mail support, expert advice on products and tech support for online shopping, Meredith is also considered a specialist when it comes to helping members find the right product at the right price for their home.

She also knows a thing or two about home construction. In a previous life, she worked as a product manager for a prominent real estate developer in Crown Point, Ind.Meredith says she has a lot of stories to share where she and the Concierge Services team provided exceptional care to members. Some of those stories have a humorous side.

Read More

Topics: About Us

Style ideas for window treatments

Posted by DirectBuy

Jul 22, 2014 5:05:10 PM

From blinds to curtains, the right window treatments can enhance any room design. If you're looking for new window treatments, this graphic illustrates the types of window treatments available for every style of room. 

Read More

Topics: living room, remodeling and design, window treatments

Meet David: He loads DirectBuy trucks to ensure members merchandise reaches its destination on time

Posted by DirectBuy

Jul 18, 2014 1:00:00 PM

David Pucek has worked for DirectBuy’s logistics and warehouse facility on Burnt Poplar Road in Greensboro, N.C. for 3 years.  He is the guy that unpacks and unloads merchandise as well as loading and packing trailers for delivery to clubs and the company’s receiving partners.

On the face of it, this may not seem like a huge job, but keep in mind United Consumers Club Distribution (UCCD) is responsible for inbound and outbound logistics and delivery of ordered merchandise for all 94 club warehouses across the US. When 70 percent of all furniture ordered at the DirectBuy clubs is delivered through UCCD that is a lot of orders to keep track of on a daily basis. Their fleet consists of 38 trucks and 78 trailers.

As anyone who has worked on a loading dock can contest the work is extremely physical and focused on meeting delivery deadlines. David and his team have worked hard to acquire a 99 percent on time delivery rate ensuring that the right items get to their destination on time.

Read More

3 Quick Tips for Your Kitchen Cabinet Install

Posted by DirectBuy

Jul 15, 2014 1:09:00 PM

Ready, set, go! Thinking about installing new kitchen cabinets? Whether you have a large or small kitchen, DirectBuy has created this easy to understand guide on the top 3 things to consider before tackling your latest kitchen remodeling project. 

Read More

Topics: cabinetry

Meet Patti: She knows everything there is to know about products at DirectBuy and more

Posted by Mike Mosser

Jul 10, 2014 3:06:00 PM

Patti Hargrove hasn’t solved any crimes on TV, although she does have a knack for getting information. She says being a product specialist at DirectBuy’s Rhode Island club can be a bit like playing detective.

“I feel like Columbo a lot of times, minus the crumpled up raincoat, because I do a lot of investigating and a lot of searching and a lot of digging to find the answers for different questions that members may have,” Patti says.

Customers might ask whether a particular light can be flush mounted or if a certain fabric must be commercially cleaned. Some have a preference for only buying products made in the U.S.

Read More

Topics: About Us