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Say hello to Tammy.

Tammy is the newest member of our team.

Her official title is Project Coordinator.

She will be responsible for communicating with clients to identify and define project requirements, scope and time-frames.

She will monitor and track the progress of our various projects and will help handle any issues that arise.

Tammy will also act as the primary point of contact for our clients and will communicate project status as needed.

She has a strong background in customer service and merchandising and is eager to help us take our business to the next level.

Press Release: Best of Houzz 2015

South East Installation Solutions, LLC of Piedmont, SC Receives Best Of Houzz 2015 Award

Over 25 Million Monthly Unique Users Rated Top-Rated Home Building,
Remodeling and Design Professionals in the United States and Around the World

Piedmont, SC, January 19, 2015 – South East Installation Solutions, LLC of Piedmont, SC has been awarded “Best Of Houzz 2015” by Houzz.com, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The company, which has been providing window treatment installation services to home owners and interior designers since 2009, was chosen by the more than 25 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 500,000 active home building, remodeling, and design industry professionals. This is the second consecutive year that they have received this award.

The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Design and Customer Satisfaction. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 25 million monthly users on Houzz, known as “Houzzers.” Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2014. Winners will receive a “Best Of Houzz 2015” badge on their profiles, helping Houzz users around the world who discover and love a professional’s work to learn even more about that business’ popularity and satisfaction rating among their peers in the Houzz community.

“We thought it was great to receive the award last year. But to receive it two years in a row is something special.”  ~James A. Holloway

“Houzz provides homeowners with a 360 degree view of home building, remodeling and design industry professionals, empowering them to engage the right people and products for their project,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of industry marketing for Houzz. “We’re delighted to recognize South East Installation Solutions, LLC among our “Best Of” professionals as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

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About South East Installation Solutions, LLC

Founded in 2009 by James A. Holloway, a native of the Greenville, SC area. His 10 years of experience as a window treatment installer for another local firm was the launching pad for his company. Not only has he worked with some of the top interior design firms here in the Upstate SC area, but he has been called upon by designers and decorators from Chicago, Atlanta, St. Louis, Charlotte and Miami.

About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a room to building a custom home, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community powered by social tools, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin and Sydney. For more information, visit www.houzz.com

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VIDEO: Child Safety by Hunter Douglas

I am an installer and a parent. As such, I am acutely aware of the potential dangers of corded window treatments. Below we have included the latest video discussing child safety by Hunter Douglas. Hopefully sharing this information with the public will help bring awareness to this issue and give parents, guardians, and caregivers the information they need to select safer window treatments for their homes.

Why is “Child Safety” Important?

Cords on window treatments have been dubbed one of the top 5 hidden dangers in American homes. The problem is so large that several industry and consumer groups have established October as “National Window Covering Safety Month.” In fact, according to some reports, it takes less than 60 seconds for a child to suffer severe injury or even death as a result of becoming tangled in a loose cord on a blind or shade.

Who is Hunter Douglas?

Hunter Douglas is a manufacturer of a wide variety of window coverings, including wood blinds, roller shades, roman shades, and interior shutters. They, like most manufacturers, are concerned with providing safe window treatments and provide many options that eliminate or limit access to cords that could injury young children.

They created this short video and encouraged their dealers to share it on their websites to get the word out to the general public about the potential dangers of corded window treatments. (Disclaimer: we are not a Hunter Douglas dealer but we have partnered with several in our area).

Also, please remember to hire professional window treatment installers that are trained to properly install your window coverings with appropriate safety devices.

SPECIAL REPORT: Window Covering Child Safety

As an installer I show my clients the proper way to operate and maintain their window treatments.

Unfortunately I can't be there every minute of every day to make sure they are using them properly and that they are teaching their children how to use them and live with them properly.

Read more

Shades Of Things To Come

Window treatments in general, but roman shades in particular, have been getting a lot of heat from various consumer groups, regulatory organizations, as well as the media.

Here’s why.

roman shadesAccording to the Window Coverings Safety Council and others, window coverings (such as blinds, roman shades, etc.) are among the top 5 “hidden dangers” in a home due to their dependence upon cords to operate them.

Over the past few years there has been a big push for consumers to purchase cordless or motorized shades and blinds.

The discussion over this touches everyone because you either have children or you know someone who has children and nobody wants to turn on the news and hear about a child that has gotten hurt because they were playing with the cords on the blinds. Unfortunately it happens despite the best efforts of everyone involved.

There are those who have called for the immediate halt in the production of any type of window covering that uses cords. Which is great if you own a company that makes plantation shutters or motorized shades, but not so good if you own a company that makes/sells blinds, roman shades, or draperies.

There are those who believe that the government should step in and dictate how the products should be made. Yeah, that will work, afterall, they have a 40-page binder that helps them decide which $500.00 screwdriver to purchase.

Frankly. It’s not about regulation it’s about education.

Everyone involved in the process needs to make sure they are sharing the information that is available.

The companies that manufacture the products (who are the ones that have the financial and technical resources to make changes in the design if necessary) need to make sure that their dealers understand the risks and the alternative options that are available within their product lines.

The dealers need to make sure that their sales reps and installers understand the potential risks and the proper installation techniques to reduce or eliminate the risks to the homeowners and individuals purchasing the products.

And the consumers need to make sure that they understand the potential risks involved before they make the purchase and if necessary, change to a different product or upgrade to a cordless or motorized type product.

It is a fact of life, regardless of how much you try to protect your children, and regardless of how much you try to warn them not to mess with the cords on the shades or other potentially harmful household items, kids will be kids and they will play with stuff they are not supposed to.

If it is left to the government or some other sort of “regulatory commission” to determine the requirements for roman shades and other types of corded window treatments, what you may find in the future is a distinct lack of product options to choose from. Either the companies will decide it is not worth the hassle to comply with those regulations or the consumers will decide that the added costs to purchase a compliant product is too high. And as a result those products will be “regulated” right out of existence.

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