Unlike buying an automobile or an electronic item where you would buy the same product at the lowest price, painting is a service where no two companies are likely to provide the same level of quality, type of people, protection to your home, or a process that will get you to a successful and happy end result consistently. Painting is not just Painting! Careful precision to create clean lines to transition point s, appropriate protection with plastic, paper, and tape is essential, difficult, careful, and safe ladder work, and proper on-site management is what should be expected and delivered. The painted or stained ceilings, walls and trim in your home is what gives it the final finished look and the good, great, indifferent, or poor impression to others or even in how you feel about it yourself. When reviewing quotes, are you focusing on a Bid and a Contractor that you most believe is likely to provide the right & fair price vs. a lower or even a higher price? How detailed is the estimate? Are apples really being compared to apples? Have you verified both Liability and Workers Comp. Insurance? Buyers beware if a contractor cannot substantiate how he or she ascertained a number on a bid. The service industry is a variable and changing product. Who has a proven and recent track record of consistent performance thru the years? Has the company earned any service awards of any kind? What has a company done to be a student of the Industry, i.e. PDCA (Painter Decorator Contractor or America) membership? Doing a little homework and not treating a service, no matter what the Industry, as a commodity will more likely result in a happier and more fulfilling experience.