I hired Dave with Triwood contracting to install drywall in my basement (framing, electrical, plumbing already complete). He quoted a competitive price and was able to begin right away so I went ahead with him. The estimated completion time was 2 weeks, which got pushed to 3. Minor inconvenience but it did throw a wrench in our plans for painting, carpet, etc.
First of all, it was total hit or miss on whether or not he showed up. I could always tell when he's been there because there was a trail of drywall dust from the stairs to the front door. This was disappointing to see a disregard for the cleanliness of my home, but I was willing to look passed it. Some days he didn't come at all, other days he was there for an hour or two. I'm sure the project would have been done on time if he showed up regularly.
5 days after the job was supposed to be done, he informed me he was done and wanted the rest of his due. Fortunately I didn't send the money before I got home because the job was not even close to being done. Some holes in the drywall were not even touched, while others we still clearly visible. Everything was covered in mud. Light fixtures, doors, door handles, light switches, smoke detextors... So much excess mud that we couldn't reinstall our outlets. Many areas of the basement were so poorly primed that I could still read the factory printing on the drywall. Other areas weren't primed at all. The textured ceiling was ok, except for the fact that some areas had strips that were missed entirely, while other areas had texture sprayed down onto the walls.
I marked the areas of concern with sticky notes (probably 50+) and took a day off work so I could make sure I explained what needed to be fixed. He was very amicable about the spots and said it'd be no problem, but when he left it was marginally better. Instead of fixing the texture, he smeared some mud on the ceiling with his finger. Many of the drywall holes were still visible and the electrical boxes/light fixtures were a mess.
Did he do the job? Yes. Did he do it well? Not even close. Was he on time? No. Timeframe went 50% over. Did he say on budget? Yes.