When looking for an affordable painter, the easiest way is the old-fashioned way -- Benjamin Moore Paint Company recommends asking around, stating that "the best way to find a quality painting contractor is to get referrals from friends, neighbors and acquaintances." Benjamin Moore stores also offer referrals.
Third-party matching sites are another way to locate affordable painters. Companies like RedBeacon and HomeAdvisor allow prospective customers to input their work requirements and budget via an online interface. The sites then search among their networks of affiliated, prescreened professionals and put the customer in touch with local professionals whose skill sets and price ranges correspond to the customer's needs. RedBeacon and HomeAdvisor are free to users and each website is loaded with tools to help homeowners discover and evaluate service professionals.