Fayetteville painting business sees growth amid COVID-19 pandemic
Brothers Rodney and Reggie Felton feared the worst for their painting business when the COVID-19 pandemic began, but they got the best instead.
The Feltons own Color Sense Painting, which does interior and exterior painting, as well as minor DIY jobs like siding replacement, building decks, and privacy fences. Since the pandemic started, business has grown for them.
“We were kind of worried that people would stop spending,” Reggie said. “Little did we know that this would actually take our business to a higher level.”
They were busy even before the pandemic. But business picked up after people stayed home more, they said.
“They use (expendable income) to get things done, to improve their homes, because people work from home and enjoy their homes more,” Reggie said. “They build sheds, they get pools, they get room extensions. They get rooms painted, rooms newly furnished, rebuilt.”
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Rodney says the pace of their regular business will double.
Before the two worked together, Rodney had his own company, Express Paint. He merged with his brother, whose business started in 2013. Together they can take on more jobs.
“My brother and I joined our businesses to deal with the glut of people who now work from home,” said Reggie. “Instead of going on vacation, they take a closer look at their houses and have necessary repairs carried out.”
The brothers followed in their father’s footsteps.
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“We’re second generation contractors. Our father was in the paint chain business in Fayetteville for over 40 years,” said Reggie. “When we were younger, we worked and learned to paint in the summer. He taught the values of being hardworking, going to work and being a good man in the community, a hardworking man.”
Due to COVID-19, they have made changes in the way they do business with their customers.
“We have a thermometer that we check regularly to make sure the temperature is right. When someone starts feeling a certain way, we make sure it is checked,” Reggie said. “We haven’t had anyone feeling sick, but we have rules to prevent anyone from being affected.”
Reggie added that all of his employees have hand sanitizer and he has open communications with them.
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“The best thing is to just communicate and let them know that these cases are rising to all-time highs,” Reggie said. “So we have to make sure that we are doing everything we should to avoid getting this disease.”
Rodney and Reggie are taking jobs in Fayetteville and other areas within 30 miles of town, but they want to expand that offer. Prospective customers can reach Reggie at 910-476-0201 or Rodney at 910-853-4600. They can also be reached on Facebook, at [email protected], or on their website.
“The ultimate goal is to continue to raise the bar and provide good, reliable service to Fayetteville and the surrounding area,” said Reggie.
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