When Should I Paint My New House?

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You’ve just bought a new house. Congratulations! You had a lot on your plate. So it’s understandable that you’re looking forward to moving into your new house and turning it into a home for your family. You have a lot to consider. One of the most important decisions is whether to paint your home before you move in or after.

One of the ways a family can turn a new house into a home is by painting its interior to reflect their own styles and tastes. If you have children, you may want to paint their rooms in their favorite colors. Maybe you want to give the kitchen a whole new look or make your living room more comfortable and relaxing with colors that express your personal tastes.

The best idea is to paint your new home before you move in. Contractors prefer to paint when the house is empty — you’ll pay as much as 30% less for the painting, and you’ll be happier as well.

Should I Paint My Walls Before Selling My House?

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No, it’s best not to paint the walls of your former home before you leave.

Some of the reasons for this include:

  • The new family who has just bought your home will want to paint your old home according to their tastes.
  • Since the new family will want to paint the walls of your old home for themselves, doing so is just an added expense.
  • With everything else you need to do to pack up your old home, the last thing you really want to do is worry about having to paint the walls.

Instead, you may want to paint the most worn areas before you put your home on the market, or if the walls are very dirty, scuffed or painted non-neutral colors — that purple room will have to go. The walls in every home will show signs of wear which can be off-putting for potential buyers. Talk to a painting estimator like Klappenberger & Son, professional painters who can advise you on how much you should paint before putting your home on the market.

Professional painters can improve the look of your home by painting the few areas that need help. This will allow you to focus on the other aspects of leaving your old home and moving into your new one.

Should I Paint My New House Before I Move In?

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There are a lot of positives in painting your new house before you move into it, but to a large degree it depends on your family’s personalities and the tastes.

  • If you like to get things done and have everything in order before you make a move, then painting the walls in your new home in advance will be a good choice.
  • This is also true if you are the kind of person who doesn’t want to have one more thing to do after you finally get your family moved in and unpacked.
  • Painting your home before you move in also allows you to choose a paint color or colors that more specifically express your personal tastes and create the kind of atmosphere and moods that you want to have in each room.
  • If you have children, it’s also a great way to help them transition into a new home. Moving is always a little tougher on children than it is on adults. So when you first take them into the room that will be their room in your new house, talk to them the kind of colors they would like to have their walls painted. Choosing a color becomes exciting and allows them to express some of their personal tastes. This will make the new house more inviting and more personal for them because they had a chance to help turn the house into a home.

We will look more at the pros and cons of painting your home before you move in a section below. While the question of whether to paint is a personal one, if you are going to paint, doing so before you move in is probably your best option.

Should I Paint My Home Myself or Hire Professionals?

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The question of who should paint your house hinges on a few important factors:

  • Do I have time to paint my new home?
  • Which is more important to me — saving money or making sure the job is done properly?
  • How much can I count on my friends to help me paint?

If you have the time and want to save money, you can do it yourself. Most people don’t look at the quality of the paint job. If you don’t have the time or you want a quality job done right, hire a professional painter like Klappenberger & Son to do the job for you.

You have a million things to do before you move. Do you also have the time it takes to paint your entire house? Probably not. Consider all the work that goes into painting a room.

A 13-by-13-foot room with an 8-foot ceiling has 432 square feet of surface to paint. First thing you need to do is prep work. Any holes in the wall need to be repaired, and larger holes need more work. After you fix any holes, you need to tape the room, making sure you tape trims on windows, doors, baseboards and electrical outlets.

Next, you need to sand the walls so the paint will apply smoothly. Then you need to cut in the ceiling and trim because you want sharp lines in the places where the ceiling meets the wall. Finally, you get to painting the walls — and this normally requires two coats — before the cleanup.

In the end, since not every room is the same size, it can take 5 to 8 hours to paint each room. This also doesn’t account for any breaks you might need to take. Depending on how many rooms you have in your home, you are looking at several days of work. You might need to take time away from your job. If you do need to take time off work, wouldn’t you rather spend it packing and moving?

It’s also important to hire the right company, and not just someone with a truck and a few paintbrushes. You want a company with enough personnel to do the job, and do it on budget and on time, or else it could take weeks for the job to be done.

When you hire an established company like Klappenberger & Son, you save yourself time and headaches, and you know your house will look great when you finally move it.

Do Painters Move Your Furniture?

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Yes, professional painters can move your furniture. It is, however, more expensive and can be a bit of a headache. The painters will ask you to move the breakables and then use sliders to move large pieces on a carpeted or a hardwood floor. In most cases it takes about 10 minutes to move all the furniture out of the room.

Will I Paint My House After Moving In?

You’ve decided not to paint your home until you move in. Perhaps you want to see if the current paint works with your furniture and decor. Maybe the option of painting your home before you move in slipped your mind in the hustle and bustle of preparing to move into a new house. You might have said to yourself, “Well, if the paint is really ugly, I’ll just repaint it after we move in.”

Painting your home after you move in can be a real headache. It’s also more expensive and the only benefit is that you can choose paint that matches the artwork or the decor.

If the paint is ugly and doesn’t work for you, think about all the things you need to do to paint your home. All of the furniture and belongings you just unpacked that you will now need to move and to cover so that they won’t get soiled with paint.

On the other hand, if the paint isn’t that ugly and you decide to move in and just live with it, the question then becomes does the house really feel like a new home? The reality is that no house feels like a home with somebody else’s “signature” on it. In the end, if you want to make a new house a proper home for you and your family you need to put your signature on it and that means you should get it painted sooner rather than later.

Can You Paint a Newly Built House Right Away?

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In almost every new home, the walls will be painted builder’s white. Unless otherwise specified, the people building your new home won’t make any selections about what color your walls should be painted, so they leave them this neutral color. Usually the building contractors will only paint the walls and leave the trim and ceiling alone because they’re already done.

Construction and painting professionals express different opinions on the issue.

Some housing professionals say that it’s better to wait as long as a year before you paint your home’s interior because you want to wait for your house and foundation to settle. All new homes will settle over time, and this may result in very small cracks or nail pops.

Other professionals advise to go ahead and have the house painted before you sign the Certificate of Occupancy and perhaps even before you have your floor sanded in your new home.

When you’re thinking about painting the interior of new construction, you want to work with professionals like Klappenberger & Son.

If you decide to have your home painted before you move in, you can always ask the painters to save and label leftover cans of paint so you can touch up if small cracks or nail pops appear.

Pros and Cons of Painting Before or After You Move In

So now that you have looked at some of the other issues about painting, let’s look at the pros and cons of painting your home before you move in.


There are lots of good reasons to paint before you move in including:

  • Increased productivity of painters
  • No danger of getting paint splatter on important items
  • Easier to cover floors
  • No need to be there while painters are working
  • Painters prefer painting an empty house — it’s done faster, it’s more relaxing and it’s easier to spot imperfections in the walls

There are also other advantages:

1. Not Moving Furniture Three Times

Waiting to paint your home until after you move in means you move all your furniture when you move in, move it again when you paint and then move it a third time when the painting is finished. But if there is no furniture in your home, problem solved. Painting before you move in also enables the painters to do a much better and faster job.

2. Save Money

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When you get an estimate from a professional painter, the estimate will include the time that it takes to move furniture and protect it properly. Painting before you move in lowers the cost to paint a house because it’s easier for the painters to do their job, and they can do it much more quickly, which will save on labor costs.

3. It’s Easier to Paint Ceilings and Trim

Painting ceilings and trim is always the trickiest part of any paint job, but not having any furniture in the home allows professional painters to paint the ceiling and the trim around windows, baseboards and doors much easier.

4. Not Having to Deal With Paint Fumes

When you paint a room, you know that paint fumes are going to linger in the air for several days. This is because of the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which are an essential part of any paint. The fumes from VOCs in paint, however, can result in dizziness, headaches or even nausea in some cases. Strong fumes are also not good for children or anyone in your family who has asthma.

5. Adding Your Personal Touch

As we noted above, your house doesn’t really become your home until you put your own personal touches on it. Moving into your house knowing the rooms already bear these personal touches helps it to become a home a lot faster.


There are only a few reasons to paint your home after you move in.

1. Questions of Interior Design

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If interior design is very important to you, you’ll probably want to wait until all your furniture is into your new house before you decide on what paints will work best with your furniture and decor.

2. Color Palette

If you wait to paint your home until you move in, this may give you a better sense of the color palette that you want to use in each room. Once you see how your new furniture and decor look, how the sunlight affects the room and how the space looks under lighting at night, it may be easier to select colors.

While there are pros and cons when dealing with the question of when to paint your house, overall we would suggest that painting your home before you move in has many more advantages than painting after you move.

How Often Should I Paint My House?

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Now that you have dealt with the issue of whether you should paint your home before or after you move in, your next painting issue revolves around the question of how often should you paint your interior walls.

There are no set guidelines for how often a homeowner should paint their interior walls. Again, it depends on several factors including:

  • How long will I be living in this house? If you have a job that requires you to move frequently, it may never be an issue. If you plan on living in your home for more than 10 years, then you should repaint it every decade.
  • Do I want to spend the money on repainting the interior of my home? Depending on your personal financial situation, you may decide that you can live with the colors that you chose when you first moved in. If your personal financial situation allows you to repaint and you’re planning on living in your home for a lengthy period of time, repainting is a possibility.

While the question of how often you paint your home is a personal one, there are signs that it might be time to repaint your interior walls.

1. You Want a Change

You may get tired of looking at the color of paint on the wall. This could be true of one room or many rooms. A new coat of paint may be just what’s needed to give a room a new, fresh look.

2. Peeling or Flaking Paint

This is a particular issue in rooms with a lot of moisture like the kitchen or the bathroom. You may notice after a few years that the paint is beginning to peel. This occurs because moisture is seeping in the walls due to the many hot showers or meals cooked over the years. You may also notice some flaking in other rooms. Peeling or flaking can create a bigger problem if you don’t deal with it promptly.

3. Mold

This again involves moisture in the walls. The moment you spot mold, mildew or water spots on the exterior surface of the paint, you need to think about repainting right away. This is not just about how it makes the room look but is also a health issue. When you confer with a master painter during your original interior painting, ask them about what kind of paint would be best to use in areas with a lot of moisture like the bathroom, the kitchen or the laundry room.

4. Stains and Scuff Marks

Over the years, the wear and tear in a home will show on the interior walls. Scuff marks can happen when you move the furniture around or bring up some heavy objects from the basement. Children’s toys or school backpacks rubbing against the walls or posters hung up in their rooms leave marks. Liquids or foods accidentally spilled on the walls can also leave stains.

You can clean many of these marks, but eventually, you will need to repaint.

5. Fading

Paint normally doesn’t fade inside the house, but it will on the exterior. Talk to a painting professional about how often you should repaint the exterior of your home to keep it looking fresh and new.

Ready to Paint Your Home? Contact the Master Painters at Klappenberger & Son

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Klappenberger & Son is a local company and operates in Maryland, Virginia and the D.C. area. We believe in quality above everything else. All of our employees are extensively trained and our knowledge of the right products and application make us a great value.

When you work with Klappenberger & Son, you don’t have to worry about quality. Our system and process give us consistent and predictable results that offer the very best in painting services to our clients.

If you live in the Maryland, Virginia or D.C. areas and you would like to talk to us about painting the interior or the exterior of your home, you can call us at 410-647-5700 or toll-free at 888-308-6638. You can also visit our contact us page to leave us your contact details and some information about your painting needs. A member of our team will get back to you as soon as possible.

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