If you are happy with the paint line in the picture above, then you can save money by hiring a lower end painter. I would recommend a young painter trying to break off on their own after working for an established painter for a year or two. We all start somewhere, and it's hard to establish a client base in the beginning.
Some painters tape there lines on trim work and some free hand them. Neither one is wrong by any means, but no one can free hand their lines straighter than taping, it's just not possible. Ceiling lines are always free handed, and you can always tell if they were done by a good painter or not.
If Dewalt is Honda, Festool is Ferrari. These tools are far above and beyond all other tool brands on the market. No more covering furniture and door ways in plastic, Festool keeps dust to an absolute minimum. From extra fine finish work to the most aggressive sanding, Festool gets the job done with ease.
If a contractor uses Festool, you know they are re-investing in their business and they strive to be the best in their trade. Obviously, a contractor can be great with any of the major brand name tools, this particular brand makes every job easier and cleaner.
If you've never heard of Festool, it's because they don't sell it in any of the home improvement stores. The price point is higher than the average home owner would typically spend to use for random repairs and hobbies. They are designed with experienced contractors in mind.
The absolute most important part of a great paint job is in the prep work. All painters have their own methods. When selecting a painter, here are a few questions to ask to make sure you are hiring the right person...
-How do you fix nail pops?
Knock it in with a hammer, run a drywall screw above or below it (this will pull the drywall tight to the stud), then spackle, sand and prime.
Just sand it out and paint it. (this will look bad once painted and will come back).
Knock it in and spackle. (this will look good for a while, but will more than likely come back).
How do you fix a crack?
There are two ways to fix stress cracks.
1. For dramatic cracks, use drywall tape.
2. For common cracks, "v" it out, fill with plastic wood, sand it out, final coat with spackle, then sand and prime.
Just fill with sparkle and paint it. (The crack will come back very quickly).
"V" it out and spackle. (Spackle doesn't dry very hard, the crack will come back in a fairly short period of time).