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  • Jeff Evans said he did not need to refinish the entire dining room (DR) ceiling to make it match up to the living room (LR) ceiling and entry hall ceiling.  He said he could just mud in the areas where the tape had gotten loose and where there was a crack and yellow spot and match it up with no problem.  I said, "you can do that?"  And he said, "I can.  No problem."   We (my husband and I) told him that the Insurance Company had said someone would need to remove the old finish and redo the entire ceiling in order to match it up and he assured us this would not need to be done. The insurance also included for the DR, LR and entry hall ceilings to be painted once the DR ceiling was refinished so all the color would match, once the finish work was matched. (We have total replacement insurance so they pay for it to look good.)
    We then told Jeff we had some loose tape in one corner of the DR that we'd like to hire him to repair above and beyond the insurance and to paint the DR and he gave us a price.  It was way above the insurance quote.  Our insurance is Total Replacement insurance and pays very good. He just made a remark about him being good and his work being worth it.   Then we got a quote for him to paint our kitchen walls, LR, and entry hall walls along with the DR walls..  We had just replaced all of the wood in our house from stained wood to white wood and was not quite finished, only lacking one hallway to the garage.  We had bought all new wood baseboards, chair rails and all new doors rather than paint over the stained wood so all wood was new.I told Jeff that we usually do our own painting but I was hiring him just because I didn't want to get paint on my brand new white wood and I said, "do you understand what I'm saying?  I don't want paint on this brand new white wood."  
    Oh yes, he made us these promises about how in the rooms he was painting in where we had the new baseboards and chair rail, he would seal all of those in and make them look very professional and we said, "Great!"  He never even thought about that again.  He loves to talk a good talk but to do nothing.  He tells you he will do everything and you will do nothing. But then he starts asking you to help pull up the plastic off the floors and put up tarps.  He told us they would move everything and for us not to worry about anything.  But after hired, the night before he said, "Y'all need to get everything out of here that you can."  Everything is totally different once he's hired than what he tells you up front.  But this is nothing compared to the horror of the work and ruined ceilings and wrong color walls he leaves you with!!!
    Jeff put the sheet rock mud on the places where the ceiling tape was loose and the cracked spot in the ceiling.  The first night, a big thick spot of the mud came apart and just hung down. I called him.  He came by and said, "Oh, it's no problem."  He put sheet rock mud over it again with some tape this time(like he should have the first time) and jokingly said, "If it falls down again, don't worry about it, I'll get it fixed."    (I became very concerned that a "finishing guy" couldn't get the sheet rock mud on correctly and he didn't even tape it out the first time.)     When he later came back to start putting on the finish, he started to do what they call "stomping on the finish" and immediately my husband, Charles, said, "that's too thick, you need to cut it down" because it wasn't going to match and Jeff said, "I can't cut it down.  I can stomp it more and it will get thinner."  And Charles said then you need to stomp it or something because that is way to thick.  That won't match."    Later, Jeff actually went to the part of the ceiling where there was no damage and where he said he felt we were going to have a problem later and he "stomped" new finish over existing finish without doing it mud on it first!!!  This created an even thicker finish that anywhere else-----thicker than my existing finish and thicker than what Jeff was doing in his "spots" that he said he could match in. I did not see him do this because I was in another area of my home.  I think my husband saw him. 
    I had an accent wall (red obsession) in my entry hall and then a Habanero Chile in the kitchen.  Jeff got them mixed up and his worker painted the red above the kitchen cabinets.  Jeff admitted the mistake had been made and you could just see it. Instead of him putting gray primer over the red, he tried to put one coat of the Chile over the Red Obsession, expecting it to match the wall where Chile had been painted over a Baguette color???  Are you kidding!  Of course it didn't so it's darker over my cabinets and he now says it's just a shadow.
    The yellow spot in the DR bled through just two days after they painted the ceiling because he forgot to put Kilz Block on before he painted it.  He admitted this and he showed up with a spray can of Kilz and wanted to just shoot some spray up there over my china cabinet to fix it instead of bringing a can of Kilz paint to paint it and then paint it with ceiling paint afterwards, which would be the correct way.  In other words, trying to short cut it because he had been paid  They also got paint on our new white wood in many places.  We are going to have to use steel wool to sand and then repaint the wood.
    We made the terrible mistake of giving him his money.  The DR ceiling is ruined.  I have cried about it.  It is a patchwork mess and it was the most critical thing to be done and we explained this to him in the beginning;  we were so clear about it and how crucial it was and he assured us he could match it.  Now that it's a mess, he says, "Well, it's just impossible to match up a pattern."  So, he wants to totally change what he says after the fact.
    I had him to stand in my Living Room and look toward my Dining Room and I asked him, "Would you accept this in your home?"  And he said, "I can't answer that."  "Well, yes you can.  You just won't because you know you would have to say no".  He had already told us he would come back with the Kilz paint and fix the yellow spot.  But after our conversation with him in which we never raised our voice to him and we are people who do not use foul language.  I actually began to cry and he asked me not to cry.  
    He just said, I just can't fix this for you.  I told him, sure you can.  You just won't.  You can always do what's right if you want to.  And he said, I can't do it.  And then he said. "See ya."   So he hasn't even been back to fix the yellow spot and I know he won't be because he didn't say I'll be back on a certain date and that was 9/1/15 and I'm writing this on 9/4/15 and we haven't heard anything else from him.
    So Jeff Evans does not do what he tells you he will do.  He makes promises he does not intend to keep. He does not care that he has cost you a lot of money, yet left you with a ruined mess in your home that you can do nothing about.  We can't do anything about our ceiling at all.  If it was just painting, we could work on it.  We cannot mud and put a finish on a ceiling.  It's an impossibility.  We are in our 60's.  He is an uncaring person and a sorry contractor.  
    We live in a small town of 15,000 people and just in the four days since he did this work I have already met two people that he did bad work for them!!!!!!!  Why couldn't I have met them first.  One I met at the courthouse when I was out checking on his licensing!!!!!
    Don't ever hire this contractor.  You will regret it!!!
    - Mary M.
  • Jeff usually beats all other quotes and competition and completes job in a timely manner.  We have used him on several different occassions and always been sastified.
    - Timalee R.
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