Your painting contractor should be able to tell you which premium products they use, and why. High-end materials and products perform better, look nicer, and last longer - if your contractor uses low-end options to drive your cost down, they’re not doing you any favors.  When reviewing your proposal make sure a specific product is listed, not just a paint manufacturer.  Every manufacturer has contractor grade options.  
Thanks, all, for your time & efforts adding to the article & comments, especially Dave urging requesting both General Liability AND Worker Compensation insurance certificates to protect from real & fraudulent liability--from my experience especially in California, where insurance fraud is a popular income thief, even causing car collisions to collect.
It is important to know the distinction between finishes. Flat finishes have a soft, velvety appearance that will not highlight minor bumps and gouges as would glossy coats. There are many pros to flat finishes; however, it is virtually impossible to clean. Satin finishes have a low shine with minor reflective qualities. Again, satin has its perks; however, it is a lot harder to apply because it shows imperfect textures. Any professional painter will be able to go into full detail about the pros and cons for each finish and which is a better choice for your home.
We also offer residential painting services for the exterior of your house. There is a lot to consider when painting a home’s exterior and we’ll walk you through the process step-by-step. We’ll help you choose house paint for exterior surfaces that looks great and lasts. Like on the inside, we take the time to prepare the different surfaces to ensure a quality finish. We’ll power wash the surface to remove any dirt and grime as well as any loose paint. We’ll also scrape and sand any areas where the paint is peeling. There are even carpenters on staff who can repair wood shakes and shingles that are in disrepair.
Payment. Every client is different. Every job has it's own unique set of circumstances. I always start off the discussion with my clients saying that I'm flexible on how they would like to proceed with payments but that I prefer half down. I refuse to change order. Change orders are my last resort. Instead I ask questions at our initial meeting and try to be sure to cover all bases before I submit my estimate.
I've seen this done many years ago by a guy who did all sorts of jobs where I lived. My dad caught him painting his boss's roof and he was watering down the paint. We've had a hard time trying to get a painter for our house. We've had a guy that had been remmended by a neighbor and he hasn't showed up to paint for 2 weeks. I want to call him and my husband says no. I'm 69 years old and I'm about ready to go and paint our 2 porches, I've painted all my life and all the inside of our home. Maybe that's the way it should be with everyone that can paint pretty good.

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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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