I see a lot of companies out there these days making statements like this more and more, "WE won't be under sold, bring me your best price and I will beat it." I wonder if the people looking at these companies understand what they are giving up? For instance when I go out to a customers house to give an estimate, I look at the entire job, ask the owner what they are looking for, evaluate the repairs to be done and work up a price. Sometimes this is more work than others.
If another company gives you an estimate for the same job and they are $200 more than mine, but then tells you he will beat anyone else's price, where is he cutting his cost? ( Quality, Product, Workmanship?????) Or is he just padding his bill????
Now that being said, there are going to be pricing differences because of overhead and size of the company you talk to. The bigger one may specialize in some kind of jobs and be able to give a better deal on that kind of work, where a small company may be more flexible on others.
The bottom line is you should be leary of someone who is willing to discount their price to beat out someone else. Most of the time you are the loser in that game. Painting your house is a big investment for most people. You should understand that there is no free lunch and you get what you pay for.
I have been painting for 17 years and in that time I have seen a lot of bad work and it often comes from watered down paint, bad prep work and shoddy workmanship.
Don't be a victim - hire a licensed, experienced professional!