do it the way u like but make the outcome really explicit
A lot depends on preferences and your experience with similar activities. If you have never had painting quoted before then learning might be part of the project, so I might start with the higher end, more corporate type of firm or the one most highly recommended to see how the job is specified. The general idea being if you are learning about a process start with the supposed gold standard (although a reverse approach could also be advantageous). Then you know better what to ask and look for with painting firm number 2. A more experienced person who knows what to look for and what to look for might make the site visits with the paint estimators all on the same day and then wait for the quotes.
The guiding principle is first to make it work for you in so far as your cognitive and motivational style must be satisfied. The other principle is to think about and state clearly your desired outcomes. If you are seeking completion for a specific target date then getting the three quotes as fast as possible and pinning done completion is part of the outcome desired. If you are thinking that finding a good, reliable painter who might also be suited to some other jobs, who you can call back easily for little dings or to match finishes and colors your outcome desired makes for a different way of working the project.
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