According to the EPA, professional painters must check for lead -- especially if a home was built before 1978. Many DIY painters forget to test for lead paint. Testing kits are available in home improvement stores for less than $40. You can also hire a lead testing and removal professional to do this work quickly and efficiently on your behalf. Lead paint can be dangerous; it's far better to find it before you put time and effort into painting your home than after the fact.

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Some contractors work on time and material others on a firm contract. I would never hire the former and am leary of the latter. A contractor may low-ball a bid to get the job planning to make a killing on change orders. If you say good morning to them, they charge you extra for that. If the contract is not very, very specific and extensively fleshed out or if they display their change order schedule prominently on top, show them the door.
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I disagree with your criteria to hire a painter. A prompt returned call is nice but does not indicate the quality or fairness of the painter. As far as a written estimate, that should be more of a qualifier for the bid versus an evaluation criterion. I'm not sure one would have favorable results by hiring a painter on this basis. As far as the bidding process, change orders should ONLY be used if the customer requests additional scope (PMP 101). Angie's list should consider asking reviewers if/how much they were told to pay compared with the estimate. Unfortunately, there are a lot of contractors that are unethical and need to be accountable.

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Paisley Painting is a family-owned painting company based out of Orlando, FL offering some of the highest quality painting services in Florida. We have been aiming to satisfy our customers' needs in Central Florida for over 20 years. Our main objective is to make our customers happy. We believe in quality work and will not compromise on the end product to increase profits. We have one of the best reputations in the Orlando area so you can be sure your painting project will get done the first time correctly.
When the homeowner is at the point of hiring a painter, they generally will have colors selected or at the very least a color in mind. I always ask for the colors before I bid a job. Dark colors, high sheen colors and specialty finishes require more labor, this drives price. If its not a color change or I'm going over a similar color I give the pricing option of one or two coats. The best advise I can give based on 25 years in the business is to put it all in writing,colors, brands of paint preferred, when the work can be done, who moves furniture and how payment will be handled. I never get up front money. BTW you most definitely get what you pay for with paint. Higher quality products results in and better looking job. Don't be a cheapskate when it comes to paint or the painting contractor.

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James and all of his crew are truly experienced professionals. From beginning to end they were up front, honest, and fair. They did a beautiful and timely job and were knowledgeable about every step of the process. They patched windows and replaced a rotten wooden door without my even having to ask. I never felt the need to look over their shoulder because I was confident in both their skills and aesthetic. Andrew was the head guy assigned to my project and he couldn't have been more lovely to work with ( a bit of a language barrier, but we made it work). I would highly recommend this company and will look no further in the future. These are guys that take pride in their work.

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