Should I Paint Before or After Moving In?

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Q: I'll be closing on a beautiful, vintage condo in about a month. I know that I want to paint the whole place - mainly whites - but I'm not sure when to do it. Between the time that I close and my rental lease ends, I'll have a about a week and a half…

… so there would be time to get a contractor in to paint the place (I'd get a quote before the closing.), but that would mean I'd have to pick the colors before I'd lived in the space.

On the other hand, I could paint after I move in, and do some test swatches, but that would mean living with the hassle of having a contractor painting around all my belongings.

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.