I would recommend College Works, specifically if managed by Chad **. I have a century-old house which I had waited too long to repaint, and I only wanted CW to paint the top third of the house, which I couldn't reach myself (trying to save money). What I liked best about Chad was that he was easy to work with, listened, and quickly made right any issues that came up, even to the point of taking care of the work himself. He cared about doing a good job and satisfying the customer. In the end, the colors were beautiful and the work was done well.
WINSTON-SALEM, NORTH CAROLINA -- They took my $1,697 deposit over two months ago and I haven't seen or heard from them since. They missed the appointment to pick paint colors in early May. I found out they had fired the guy who sold me the project. I finally called the guys boss (Riley **) and left 3 messages. He never got in touch with me so I wrote them and told them to cancel the project. They said someone would get back to me. That was last month and of course I haven't heard anything.
I painted houses in college and really like the kid who sold me the project. I wanted to give him a shot like I got. I regret that now. Once they had my money everything changed and now they have just disappeared. Save yourself the hassle and don't do business with these guys.
Update: Posted a similar review on other websites then wrote the Evacuative Officer and told him my story. Jeff Gunhus called within hours and said; 1) I would get a full refund, He would use this as a “teaching moment” for his organization and 3) He would make a $500 donation to the homeless men's shelter in Winston Salem for my trouble.
We were on the phone for less than a minute. I received my refund in the mail today. I'm glad the situation was resolved. Thank you Jeff for making it happen.
We apologize for any inconvenience we may have caused, our records indicate your deposit was returned to you on 06/18. Please let us know if you have not received it.
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LINCOLN, NEBRASKA -- We had more downs than ups. I paid extra for a second coat of paint, which I don't feel I got. The guys just sprayed one side and then resprayed that same side again without letting it dry. There is much "flash" showing everywhere. I have a cement foundation and many places it is showing the old paint color. The guys took 4 weeks to finish my house because it was a weekend crew and they had to fix so many things. Some are still issues but I'm trying to touch them up. Austin and I had a serious communication problem. No notifications of appointments and times. Most times, I contacted him. Many more things, but I leave it with "Not a happy customer".
OKEMOS, MICHIGAN -- Eric ** came to my door to sell me a house painting job. I said I wasn't interested. He added that they also do decks. My deck definitely needed to be done. He came in to give me an estimate which was more than I wanted to spend. I was so impressed with Eric and his guarantee that I would not have to pay until I was satisfied, that I decided it was worth paying a couple hundred dollars more. It was totally because of Eric's character and passion for promising to do a great job that I agreed to do it. He didn't disappoint me.
Matt ** was an amazing hard worker. He spent 2 1/2 hours prepping the deck. He was meticulous about prepping and staining. He worked on the 4th of July to finish the job. Ian 100% satisfied with the finished product. My only negative comment is the College Works does not pay their workers fairly. Someone's making a lot of money and the college students work incredibly long hours for very little money.
FOLSOM, CALIFORNIA -- We recently had the exterior of our home painted by College Works Painting. The process from start to finish began in May and concluded just this week, on August 14, 2017. Lydia ** was the CWP contact and acted as the manager/supervisor for our contracted job. From her initial reach out to filling out the contract, to showing up with crew on the job site, listening to the way she managed others, to conducting the final walk through, Lydia was an absolute pleasure to work with. She is friendly, knowledgeable, willing to get answers, a good communicator, and takes pride in her work.
As two business owners ourselves, it is obvious that she has an entrepreneurial spirit and the fortitude to make her dreams and desires a reality. What was also extremely impressive is the way she handled her crew. Through observation I could see they enjoy working for her which is a direct reflection of the respect she shows them. Where it is not uncommon for there to be high turnover in this type of hard labor, I learned that Lydia had kept her same crew the whole summer. She is one of only two CWP Representatives that have achieved that.
Since the job concluded, we have received many compliments on our house. I am fairly certain that Lydia and crew may have opened the eyes of people that may have had their doubts. Without hesitation I will recommend Lydia to those in need of services. It has been a pleasure to work with her and we wish her all the best! Go get ‘em Lydia!
EL DORADO HILLS, CALIFORNIA -- Lydia ** did an outstanding job leading and executing the painting of our home. She led a great crew, and kept them motivated to stay on task and on time throughout the project. Her and her crew handled themselves professionally, and were always very friendly and respectful. I appreciate her attention to detail, and willingness to go above and beyond at making us happy with the outcome.
She also showed great problem solving skill when handed some challenges. These challenges included when Sherwin Willaims instructed me that a paint color was okay for outside of my home, and at the last second we were told it was not. She found a comparable color that we ended up loving more.
Also one side of our house was very worn down from all the sun it gets throughout the day. Lydia had a great idea to use an upgraded paint on that side of the house as a base, and then covered it with the paint that was used on the rest of the house, which will make it last as long as the other three sides if not longer. I am so pleased that we signed up with Lydia at the beginning of the summer. It was a wonderful decision!
IRVINE, CALIFORNIA -- Michelle ** and her paint crew did a first rate job on my house. I received a breakdown of individual costs in advance. She was true to her word that she would be on board during the job in directly supervising progress and completion. She kept us informed of any problems or questions that she had. We were very happy with results. I would not hesitate to recommend to my friends.
SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI -- We used College Works on our new house. The finished project is beautiful. While they had several setbacks, Clay ** was diligent at solving the problems with a positive attitude. He was a joy to work with, and I would use him again!
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LIBERTY, MISSOURI -- We contracted for our house to be painted in April. The crew arrived here on June 5, 2018, and began work as promised. The crew took special care to ensure a great paint job. We now have a great looking home here in Liberty.
We are happy to hear about your experience and most importantly the end result! Please let us know if we can assist you on any future projects.
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