IS IT BETTER TO PAINT BEFORE OR AFTER YOU MOVE IN?
DISCOVER THE BEST WAY FOR YOU TO PLAN YOUR MOVING RENOVATION TIMELINE
There are a list of things you must do upon moving into a new home; replacing the locks, changing the air filters, swapping out batteries in the smoke detectors (especially if your new home has been unoccupied for a while), making a list of trusted contacts and service people in case of emergencies, and just plain cleaning the place up. Where do home repairs and house painting fall in your to-do timeline?
For some people this is the ideal. Your home is empty of furniture and people. Having your painting company in your home getting things done does not affect your day to day life. The kids are not in the way and sections of livable space do not have to be cordoned off. You can use every room immediately as your home will be move in ready. Paint odors should be gone by the time you move in if you plan your painting far enough ahead (or just use low voc paint). If you are working with a designer who has already seen the space and matched the colors to your new decor this is a great option.
Sometimes there is just no time to paint pre-move. If your move is happening quickly you may only have a few days to clear out of your old digs and get settled somewhere new. In this case, you will most likely need your painting done after you move in. There are benefits to painting post-move. Your furniture, carpet, artwork and other decor items are now where you can see them and how they look in their new environment. Paint colors change at different times of day and at different exposures. Chances are the natural lighting is not the same in your new home and your perfect old paint colors may look considerably different on new walls. The negative to post-move painting is that you may have to work around your painters but they can also be a valuable tool. Great painters, like iPaint and Contract, will help you correct the old paint colors for your new location or aid you in choosing something entirely fresh and new.