1. Specify the Work: To accurately compare quotes, each contractor must be quoting for the same work.  Prepare a simple list of the work required, specifying exactly which areas need services, what gloss level and color you want, and when you would like it to be completed.
2. Get Quotes: Talk with several contractors, and ask for written quotes.
3. What is the Proposed Painting Process? Check the details of what the contractor will do for each surface to be painted, including surface preparation, priming, and finish coats (type of paint, gloss level, brand, colors and number of coats).
4. How Will Your Assets Be Protected? How will the contractor protect the areas around the project?  For example, will nearby plantings be protected when the exterior is being painted? How will furniture, fixtures and floors be protected during interior painting?
5. Timing: When will the work be started and finished? How many painters will be working on the job? What will the remedy be if the job is not completed on time?
6. Warranty Protection: Is there a warranty on the work? Does it cover labor and materials or just labor? How long is the warranty, and what is the remedy if there is a paint failure?
7. Recommendations: Ask for the names of previous cusomers from each contractor as references, and contact them to get their recommendation.
8. Presentation: Is the contractor courteous, businesslike and appropriately dressed?  Does th econtractor show a genuine interest in your job and take the time to answer all of your questions?
9. Response: Is the contractor punctual with appointments and in returning phone calls and providing information? f the responses are slow before the job is awarded, improvement in unlikely when these things are important during the project.
10. Paint Quality: A painter has access to a number of products which are manufactured to different quality levels. Insist on a top quality product. The little extra it costs initially will pay handsomely because top quality paints last much longer than ordinary paint and cost less over the lifetime of the paint job.


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