Reviews & Recommendations

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Family home was needing revamped and we came across Simon’s business through Google search, and the subsequent good reviews. We believed the existing paint work had been done to a good standard but have been blown away at the seriousness, detail, and sheer quality of the work offered by Definitive Decorating – utterly faultless.

Simon himself was a pleasure in the few weeks he spent with us, very genuine and polite – which is an important consideration when leaving someone in your home all day. Most importantly, the work done to the house was absolutely first class, and to simply recommend his services seems the least we can do.

We strongly urge anyone needing interior work done to use Definitive Decorating with absolute confidence. You won’t find better in the area, simple as that.

Jamie Shirley
Eight Ash Green

Simon is very professional and reliable and has carried out a number of jobs for us. He provides a clear written quote detailing the work required and materials to be used. The work is of a high standard with very little mess or inconvenience. Simon takes great care to protect carpets, furniture etc with dust sheets. We will definitely use Simon’s services again.

Keith Tibbitts


Simon has worked for us on two occasions. On each he has listened to our ideas, made helpful suggestions and helped us to achieve them within the realities of our budget. His quality of work is excellent and great value, and he delivers it in a cheerful, trustworthy and flexible way.

Geoff Read


Simon is an excellent worker, whom we have already recommended to friends. He is unfailingly polite, pleasant, punctual and professional- a pleasure to deal with. His workmanship is of the highest quality. He is very knowledgeable about colours and shades, and takes time and trouble to give us advice about decorative finishes. His attention to detail is admirable, and he always respects our home as though it were his own, leaving the rooms swept and tidy.

We have already employed Simon twice: three years ago, to decorate a new extension and living room plus hall, stairs, landing and 13 doors!

This summer Simon decorated a new kitchen extension and two bathrooms. He has transformed the bathrooms and done an excellent job on our kitchen, which has become our favourite room in the house.

We commend Simon’s very professional and high-quality work, and recommend him without hesitation.

John and Cathy Groslin


Simon, did my stairs hall and landings a few weeks ago, he was punctual, polite and cleaned up at the end of every day. The work was of a high standard and I would definitely recommend him to others. All in all if your looking for a painter and decorator you could not really go wrong with Simon.

Gary Obrien, Colchester


Simon decorated our lounge, hallway and kitchen and a rather fiddly job of painting three stories worth of spindles and handrails. He is professional, personable and easy to get on with. He is punctual, very neat and tidy and gets on with things. Furthermore, his professionalism shows in the end result. We are very pleased with his work and the downstairs and staircase of our house looks wonderful and have no hesitation in using his services again.

Caroline Houchell, Colchester


We contacted Simon last year following a personal recommendation and he did a beautiful job painting all of the woodwork on the outside of our house. This went very well and we have had him in again; this time to paint our kitchen, once more a very nice job. Simon is a friendly and professional decorator. He gives a sensible, firm estimate at the start and tidies up at the end of each day and at the end of the job. We would not hesitate to use him again.

Dave Trapmore, Colchester


I first contacted Simon as I needed a bedroom completely redecorated as I had just placed our house on the market and the bedroom was in desperate need of a complete makeover ! I had never used Simon before but had read all the feedback from others all of which were fairly local to us in Marks Tey. Simon replied to my enquiry very quickly and visited us to discuss our requirements. He started work promptly every day and throughout his time here he worked hard ever day. He was meticulous in his work and in the time it took to complete the job always tidied up and hovered. It has been an absolute pleasure to have Simon here , I really cannot praise him highly enough. It can be quite hard these days to find someone who you can completely rely on and trust. I will certainly use Simon again in the future.
Thanks Simon for everything !

Neil Pudney, Marks Tey


Simon has done a brilliant job for us, a true professional. I have no hesitation in recommending him to others. Thank you Simon, I love my rooms!

Debbie Marr, Colchester


Simon did a fantastic job on the external decoration of our property in Colchester – all done with minimum fuss and supervision. I have no hesitation in recommending him to others: A real professional. Great job and great value for money.

Steve Jones, Colchester


Simon did a great job painting the exterior of our house, and his work is of the highest standard. He’s friendly and professional, and gave me some great advice. Highly recommended.

Rod Cains, Eight Ash Green


We have been very pleased with Simon’s work who has just finished painting our kitchen and hall. We were pleasantly surprised with his speed of work and great finish for a very competitive rate. He is a polite and friendly chap, always punctual and even hoovers at the end of the day which is rare! We have already recommended his services to one of our friends and to many more to come.

Anna Berry, Colchester


I cannot speak highly enough about Simon’s work – from the moment he arrived to quote for the job right up until the last minute he was in our home, he acted with the utmost professionalism. The quality of his work simply can’t be faulted – he aided us with his excellent knowledge of colour and how it would work in the space we asked him to transform and the attention to detail and quality of what he delivered was excellent. To top it all off he was considerate, friendly and incredibly personable… We’ll definitely be using his services again!

Stephen Hallam, Colchester


In one week Simon gave me a beautiful living room and kitchen. His work is of top quality and he himself is very professional and friendly. I can highly recommend him and will be asking him to come back and finish the rest of the house.

Amy Carr, Chappel


Simon carried out the painting of all the exterior wood work of our house (fascia, soffit, porch and cladding). Some of the wood was not in the best state and Simon made a great job in the preparation and painting. He was very neat and tidy and the finish looks great. Simon was always punctual and completed the work quickly with minimal disturbance. We’re very happy with the service we got at a reasonable price and would highly recommend Simon and will be using his services again in the future.

Louise Lee, Colchester


“Simon’s service of decorating is second-to-none. I would recommend him to anyone. He has a fantastic work ethic and attitude no matter the weather, even during some of the hottest days of the year! (2014). We cannot thank
you enough for the superb work you have done in our home! It all looks stunning!”

Connor Martyn, Colchester


“Simon was extremely professional and did a great job in both the dining room and the bathroom. He understood exactly what was required and was speedy and efficient. I would thoroughly recommend his work.”

Sallianne Taylor, Ardleigh


“Simon Duffee completely transformed the interior of my home over a three-week period. A total professional, highly skilled in painting and decorating, Simon worked rapidly from room to room, with almost military precision; preparation was exceptional to ensure perfect finishes, all work was executed to the very highest standard. Inevitably there was disruption, as furniture was moved and dustsheets draped over, but the overall impact was minimal. Simon is a very careful and considerate chap. He worked systematically, and at the end of each day he ensured that all was neat and tidy before leaving. His charges are competitive and I thoroughly recommend Simon to you and to friends – I am sure you will be completely satisfied with his work.”

Eileen Clucas, Colchester


“Simon was superb and did a fantastic job on our house. His attention to detail, understanding of the job and quality was first rate. Whilst with us he painted our chimney, exterior of the house and also painted our summer house making it look brand new. We’ll be looking forward to having Simon back when it all needs a fresh coat in a few years time!”

C Rahela, Colchester


“We used Definitive Decorating for the exterior and interior of our house.Very pleased with the quality and professionalism that was carried out. Would definitely use again and have no hesitation in recommending Definitive

Kate Richardson, Colchester


“From start to finish my Wife and I were extremely satisfied with the exterior work Simon undertook on our house. We heard about him via recommendation from a neighbour who was very praising of his work. So we approached him to quote to fix and paint our exterior rendering, paint the fascias, and paint our exterior doors (including garage and link gate). He also offered to smooth over some rather botched filling I had done inside the house. Simon gave a professional appraisal of the work, and broke down the costs so that we could decide which pieces we could afford to carry out. In the end the costs were very reasonable so we chose to have all the work done. Simon was on-time every day, and he worked quickly and professionally, cleaning up as he went. He was friendly and courteous at all times. The work was completed in the time and budget Simon originally quoted, even though he spent additional time applying additional coats of paint to areas that needed it. I would not hesitate to recommend Simon, and we are already booking him back to carry out some more work to our fences and decking in the garden!”

Dan Salt, Colchester


“Thank you for all your hard work.

You have done a magnificent job with my hall stairs and landing. Your attention to detail is second to none and you are the tidiest decorator I have ever come across. I have recommended you to all my friends. Many thanks again.”

Monica Thomas, Layer De La Haye, Colchester


“Simon Duffee has done both internal and external decoration for me and in all the work he has carried out he has been quick, efficient and his work has been of a high standard.”

Gina Macmillan, Colchester


“Quality Excellent. We have used Definitive Decorating several times and never been disappointed in the high standard of Simon’s work. Simon’s prices are very competitive; he always works to budget and schedules his work to the convenience of his customers. He is very tidy and has a very pleasant manner. I can thoroughly recommend him.”

Dr A Bruce Coull, Parkstone House Surgery Thorpe Bay


“We have used Definitive Decorating on a number of occasions for painting and decorating. We have found Simon to be a pleasant, approachable and professional decorator. His work has always been carried out to an excellent standard and has always been reliable and trustworthy. We would highly recommend Definitive Decorating.”

Debbie Softly, Douglas Allen and Co


“Simon, Definitive Decorating, took on the daunting task of the internal repair and decoration to our surgery at Tollgate. This was done at the time that best suited us and caused the least disruption to our patients, with Simon often working through the night. The decoration has been done to the highest possible standard, at a price that was at least £2,000 lower than the next quote. My staff said that Simon was polite and helpful at all times and always cleared up as he finished each area. I know that he went on to do work for at least one member of the staff. I will certainly look to employing Definitive Decorating for any future decorating jobs we have at the surgery.”

Jean Smith, Ambrose Avenue Group Practice


“Simon provided a well-presented and competitive quote, worked reliably within the agreed timeframe, and did a thoroughly satisfactory job. He was always cheerful, careful and tidy. We have no hesitation in recommending Simon and will be happy to talk to anyone who is considering taking him on.”

Hugh & Caro Turner, Bures


“Simon did a fantastic job of painting the front exterior of my house. Would definitely recommend and use him again. Professional service”

James Lake


“1st class service from Definitive Decorating, really pleased and at a good price too! Would highly recommend them.”



“We engaged Simon to paint the outside of our property. We was very pleased with the work undertaken and the professional nature in which he conducted himself. I really liked how Simon would take on additional work to the property to complete our project. It was a pleasure to work with him.”

Alastair Kendrick


“Simon has now done several decorating jobs for us, and we have been delighted with each and every one. He is very reliable, punctual, and takes time with his preparation to ensure the perfect finish. We would thoroughly recommend him, and are pleased we have found him.”

Martyn Grime


“We have used Simon over the last 3 years and he has continued to do an outstanding Job for us. He is always on time, extremely diligent and very hard working. We have been so pleased with the quality of his work that we are looking to save up so he can come back and do some more! I couldn’t recommend him highly enough.”

Matt Elmakahleh, Colchester


“Simon was polite, on time and trustworthy. His work was outstanding, me and my wife are very happy with the work Simon done. His prices were very competitive compared to some we had. We would highly recommend Definitive Decorating….. and will be using him again. Thank you Simon.”

Paul Bush