Find reputable painters in California by asking for referrals from friends, neighbors or real estate agents. Check the painters’ credentials with an independent service such as the Better Business Bureau. Ask for a written contract with a job description and contact information, and insist on a guarantee to assure you of good quality workmanship.
Evaluate a painter based on how his past work holds up over time, and use his recent projects to determine his skill level or that of his crew. Check the work he has done for the references he provides, and find out whether his workers are professional, personable and good communicators. Ask about the contractor’s experience to gauge his reputation and history. Membership in a local business group or trade association indicates the painter is a reliable and committed professional.
Consumer Reports recommends verifying the painter’s license to ensure that he has the authorization to work in California and checking the attorney general's office to determine whether there are reported complaints against him. He should also have a worker’s compensation insurance certificate to absolve you of responsibility for injury or property damage.
Prior to painting, get an estimate detailing the necessary material costs, labor and surface preparation.