Should I Paint Before or After Moving In?

Should I Paint Before or After Moving In?

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Regina Yunghans
May 30, 2012
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. Sent by Rebekah Editor: Leave your suggestions for Rebekah in the comments - thanks! • Got a question? Send us yours with pic attachments here (those with pics get answered first)
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