A long arm (hockey stick) brush also a brush extender.
Yea its amazing how, how we get blammed for stuff that was already their, i had a lady tell me the other day, her deck looked old because my crew got bleach on it, when washing the house, i told her no it was that way when we started, thats why i asked her husband if he wanted a price on it, she shut up real quick. IT PISSES ME OFF TO NO END, PEOPLE TRYing TO GET OVER, WITH CRAP LIKE THAT.This may not be what you have in mind, but I think it helps the job go smoother.
On the first day you start the job, walk around with the customer and look for things like broken windows, paint splatters, overspray, etc. Point these out to the customer and put it in writing. This avoids tons of problems at the end of the job.
hey Mike I have had similar customers like that, now if I get that "gut" feeling I don't bid the job some people are never happy with even quality work, they are always looking to blame someone for something.I agree 100% - Digital pics with time/date stamp on them of anything and everything that is existing and might be of concern later on. A couple times I had jobs that had a lot of shoddy work from the previous painter, overspray, sloppy cut lines, paint drips, etc. I walked it with the homewner pointing everything out, but still had that "gut" feeling, so I took pictures with my 35mm.
After the job was completed, she loved it, paid the balance, and that was it. But a few days later I got a call from her asking what I was going to do about the overspray, drips, etc. Apparently "daddy" came over one night and started picking apart my work. Went back to look at the job, walked it with her and daddy, showed them that everything was existing (drip/overspray colors didn't even match the color we put on - neither of them caught that... Arrrgh!)
Also told them that I always pictures of everything before we start. Daddy said that pictures can be doctored, so it really doesn't matter if I had them. Pulled out a set of prints complete with negatives and he didn't (couldn't) say a word after that. Always trust your gut!