Should We Paint Our Walls Now If We’re Going to Remodel Soon?

updated Apr 30, 2019
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Q: We bought our ‘forever home’ last month and we plan on remodeling the entire house, including new drywall, kitchen, bathrooms, and a 10′ extension. My question is, should we put any money into the house [photos below] before the actual remodel? The common advice seems to be that you should give your walls a fresh coat of paint, and that makes sense if you’re going to live with what you have for some time to come. We are planning to live in the house in its as-is state for 3 years before we start the expensive remodel…

(Image credit: Ludmila)
(Image credit: Ludmila)

Any advice? Should I bite the bullet and dish out $2-3K to paint it, or should I save it for the remodel or other things that might come up. (It might be worth noting that we plan to start a family before the 3-year mark, and our previous home was our never-lived-in-before condo which had new everything. This’ll be an adjustment for me :). -Sent by Ludmila

Editor: First things first: does it really cost $2,000-$3,000 to have the walls of a house professionally painted? That makes me feel even better about painting all the rooms in my family’s last house; I thought I was saving us hundreds of dollars, not thousands. Anyway, do you all think Ludmila should have all the walls painted despite the fact the whole house will be renovated in three years? Please weight in!

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