Moving into a new home can be both stressful and exciting.  You can’t wait to get into your new home and settle in, but there is a lot of stress that comes with along with moving in.  Often times, a new homeowner may not like the colors or preferences of the previous homeowner.  Maybe the walls don’t match your furniture or are seriously in need of an update. Maybe the house has an unpleasant smell?  Whatever the case may be, it makes good sense to paint a home before you move in.


When you move into a home that matches your furniture and preferences, all you will need to do is unpack and settle in. If you wait until after you move in, not only is it more difficult for the homeowner, it is more difficult for the contractor too. He or she will not perform as well if space is limited.

Identify Potential Problems and Save Money

Fix wallA contractor will have to to repair damage to walls and surfaces prior to color going on the walls. While performing this work, they may be able to alert you to potential problems that you need to fix before residing in the home. Water, termite, or rodent damage can show up in both the ceilings and walls of a home.
Water marked ceilings, soft drywall, or a mildew smell may indicate a more serious problem. Leaking roofs, appliance and plumbing leaks, or issues with the foundation of the home may be identified prior to your family settling in. This will potentially save homeowners money in the long-run and prevent damage to belongings.

Better Quality Work

Contractors will perform better if they are working with a blank slate. Hampering their freedom of motion also results in lower quality work and mistakes. If a contractor has to work around a homeowner’s furniture, family, and pets, they may not be able to perform to the best of their abilities.   If you and your family are living in the residence, dust, hair, and lint are being stirred around and may stick to the wet or tacky surfaces. Children and pets also increase the risk of someone bumping into wet walls and damaging the contractors work, and potentially, causing damage to other surfaces the child or pet may come in contact with.

Protect Your Furnishings and Limit Personal Liability

You want the job performed properly and without incidence. The best way to ensure that your furnishings are not damaged and no one is injured is to perform the task when the home is completely empty. This allows the contractor more room to move and the freedom to do the job right and to perform it safely.  Contractors that perform their jobs in cramped and closed quarters may put their safety, or the safety of others, at risk. This is a liability issue. If a person is injured in your home, you or your home owner’s insurance policy may be responsible for medical bills, time off work, and pain and suffering.

Waiting May Cost a Homeowner More Money

Paint new homeIf a contractor has to move your furniture, cover it in drop cloth, or perform any additional work, you will be charged for that work. It is more cost effective to have the job performed prior to moving in.

Less Odors and Reduced Health Risk

If the smell of a home is unpleasant, whether it is due to cigarette smoke, perfume, or other odors, a contractor can use an odor blocking primer prior to the final color going on. This improves the smell of a home.  There is also another odor to be concerned about. Many people, especially children, cannot tolerate the smell of paint. Although modern water-based versions have less odors and toxins than their older counterparts, some people who are sensitive to the fumes may still become ill or find the smell intolerable.

A Better Overall Experience

New homeowners rarely regret having their home painted before moving in. It is a convenient, inexpensive, and quick process that can affect your overall happiness in the home for years to come.

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