Robert Jude, a Miami resident for 47 years and the owner-operator of Sunshine Painting & Restoration for 28 years, prefers a simple approach to delivering quality work; he does it himself.
“What makes this really unique is the fact that you’ve got the business owner doing the job,” said Jude. “It’s a small company and I’m out there doing the work myself. Rarely do you find a company that’s been in business that long where that’s the case. It’s about quality and that’s why we’re an A-plus company. Most of our work is by referral.”
A Florida State University graduate, Jude got his start restoring older homes in the Key West area, then did new construction painting in Coco Plum and parts of Coral Gables and Pinecrest. Later work has been mostly interior and exterior repaints of upper end homes in those cities, and Jude is pleased by the fact that 80 percent of his work is repeat business from satisfied customers.
“One thing that I always hear my customers say is that we’re easy to deal with, we’re low key, and once we start a job we don’t go off and start doing some other job like so many of these other companies,” Jude said. “We stay there from beginning to end.”
Jude says that painting isn’t just to make homes look pretty, it’s also good preventive maintenance, especially in South Florida where the moisture situation is unique.
“It’s important to keep homes painted properly because if you don’t you can end up with water intrusion and sometimes damage inside, due to lack of caulking around windows and doors, or wood deterioration such as rot or dry rot from not having the surface pro tected.”
Jude’s wife, Sheri, says her husband likes to be a hands-on person for the sake of quality control. She finds that the business is somewhat seasonal as well.
“We notice that our busy time of year is from Labor Day up until Christmas time,” she said. “It’s slower during the summer when people take vacations.”