If your house is in need of a new paint job Angie's List says your first priority should be choosing a painter.
Get estimates in person. If they want to give you a quote over the phone, move on.
What about the home owner's liability if a worker falls off a ladder during the job? Todd Cartmel, a professional painter said to make sure the company you hire is actually the company painting your house. He estimates that 60 to 70 percent of all jobs are sub-contracted to independent companies which could put you at risk. He said, "A lot of times, that crew doesn't have workman's comp insurance, doesn't carry liability insurance, which leaves the homeowner unprotected in the event that something may happen."
If you live in an older home, you'll also want to confirm that your painter is lead certified.