The cost of treating a painting, work on paper, or other object is determined through a conservator’s examination, which often includes testing to determine treatment options. Following an examination, a written condition report with treatment proposal is produced. A condition report addresses the physical condition of a work—materials and methods used in its construction, present condition, and how prior restoration, environment, and/or accident have altered or impacted the artifact. In a treatment proposal, a conservator will recommend treatment in a step-by-step outline and provide a cost estimate. When treatment options are available, the conservator will outline these as well.