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Paint Before Moving In

Tribble Painting - Monday, September 14, 2015

interior painting before moving inLet’s begin with a caveat. Unless you have a big pile of money lying around, ignore this article. Follow the advice of Toronto interior designer Judith Taylor. In her Houzz article, “12 Key Decorating Tips to Make Any Room Better,” she advises waiting to paint until you move in. “There are thousands of paint colors with various tints, tones and shades,” she says. “You want the color that best complements your upholstery, artwork, rug, and whatever else. You can pick that color only if your stuff is actually inside your home.


If you don’t have the additional funds to hire furniture movers, interior designers and contractors, you should probably paint before moving in. Otherwise, you’ll most likely put it off. You’ll procrastinate. Or you’ll wrangle with the couch, wrench your back, lose your job, and things will continue to spiral downward. 

Here are three indisputable reasons to paint before you move in. 
  1. You can easily paint ceilings, closets and trim. Who wants to tape trim and edge in ceilings while herding furniture and arranging drop cloths? And just imagine painting the bedroom closet once your slovenly spouse has staked his claim. 
  2. No one wants to occupy an ugly house. Even if you paint white now and choose color later, your inner Nicole Curtis will thank you.
  3. It allows toxic VOCs to dissipate. Acute exposure to VOCs induces headaches and nausea. Chronic exposure causes cancer and liver damage. Even low- or zero-VOC paints may contain formaldehyde or ethylene glycol. Thankfully, the majority of VOCs from latex-based paints will dissipate within the first two weeks. 
 Pre-Painting Checklist

  • Match your paint hue to your existing furniture, artwork and floor coverings, or vice versa. 
  • Choose your favorite paints and tape the swatches to the walls. Watch the swatches throughout the day to judge their performance in morning, afternoon and evening light.
  • Speaking of lighting, install your permanent light fixtures and bulbs before choosing your paint colors.
  • Don’t rebel against your former stark white living space by picking Banana Yellow and Navajo Turquoise for your walls. No home should resemble a fruit salad. 
 The Absolute Most Important Reason to Paint Your Home Before You Move In … Because, to be honest, it makes our lives easier and could save you money. At Tribble Painting in Ann Arbor Michigan, we prefer to prepare your home before you and your belongings arrive. So when you swing open your front door, key in hand, your new home will greet you with a sparkle. And we don’t want to wrench our backs, either.
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