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Your Place: Paint Interior before Moving in to Your Home

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By Alan J. Heavens

paint_walls(MCT)—With the residential real estate market on the mend and more first-time buyers in the mix, it is time to think about those little cosmetic changes new homeowners are into. In this case, painting. Experts say that one of the very best times to do interior painting is just before moving into a new home. Here are six reasons, according to Debbie Zimmer, paint and color expert for the Paint Quality Institute:

1. It’s easy now. Interior painting is simple and not at all physically demanding when you can move freely within a room. Why wait till later, when you may have to move heavy furniture from side to side, or work around big items, to do your painting?

2. It saves time. Painting can take a lot longer when you have to cover and uncover things, move them back and forth, and take down and rehang artwork.

3. It can save you money — lots of it. If you’re using a professional painting contractor, he or she can complete the work far faster in rooms that are empty. That’s extremely important, since time charges for labor typically account for 80 percent of the cost of painting. “Bottom line: Calling in a contractor before moving into a home can drastically lower the cost of painting the space.”

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