Should I Paint Before Moving In?

So, you just bought an amazing new house, and you’re planning on moving in as soon as you can. That’s great! But wait—the paint from the previous owners isn’t so amazing! It’s definitely time to get a painting quote… but should you paint before or after you move in? Let’s examine the pros and cons of both.

Painting before you move in

Many of our clients choose eggshell paint for walls and high gloss for trim.

Painting before you move in is usually hassle-free.

If you decide to paint before moving in, you won’t have to move any furniture or worry about getting paint on any of your belongings. This is also great for families with small children, because there’s less worry about looking after them during the painting process. Painting prior to move-in provides a great opportunity to repair and refinish wood flooring as well. However, your color choices may not end up matching the furniture you already own, and you may have to make color decisions more quickly in general—especially if you have a specific timeframe in which to paint and move.

Painting after you move in

White interior paint works with both classic and modern themes.

Matching colors to your furniture is easy if you wait to paint.

If you have to move in right away, then you may not have the chance to paint first. Don’t worry– having moved in already can be pretty useful when deciding on a general theme for your home. You can see what the paint colors will actually look like in your home, and will have had some time to get used to the space.  You’ll also have more time to think about the colors, and if you want to use any faux finishes. There might be some worry about getting paint on the furniture, but a professional company (like Elysium) will be sure to avoid this. Mainly, you may have to live with a slight “paint smell”, depending on the brand.

Since so much of this decision depends on you, and when you’ll be moving in, there’s no real “right” answer. Regardless of when you do decide to paint your home, we’d be happy to give you a free painting estimate!

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