Paint and refresh before moving in

You have bought your first property, but now you want to turn the new house into your new home by adding some personal touches. 

The best way to do this in a relatively cost effective and easy way is by giving the home a new coat of paint. Not only is it a fun and exciting project as a new homeowner, it will also give the home an updated, refreshed look, says Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa.
“Just by adding a fresh coat of paint, the home will immediately seem cleaner, more welcoming and best of all - more yours,” says Goslett. He notes that according to home décor experts, the best time to paint the interior of a home is before moving in for a number of reasons:
Ease – it is far easier and less physically challenging to paint the inside of a home if there is no furniture in the way. “Having the room empty will help you move around more freely and place a step-ladder in and around the home with far less effort than if the home was cluttered with boxes and furniture. Painting after the furniture has been moved in will mean manoeuvring heavy objects around to get to hard to reach places,” says Goslett.
Saves time – not having to move furniture around or cover it will save a lot of time when painting. There will also be a lot of time saved from not having to take down any art or pictures from the wall.
Saves money – Goslett says that if the new homeowner is painting the home themselves there won’t be much money saved, however if they have hired a professional painting contractor or some workers to do the job it can possibly save them in costs. “The painters will be able to move from one room to the next far faster, which will save money if they have been contracted on a daily rate. Less time spent on the labour will essentially mean less money spent on labour costs,” says Goslett.
Protects your furniture – it is simple, if there is no furniture in the home, it can’t get ruined. “Regardless of how careful the new homeowner or a painting contractor is when painting, there is always the chance that paint could spill or paint fecks could find their way onto the furniture or into electrical appliances. That could be a rather expensive fix depending on where the paint lands,” says Goslett.
Could assist with decorating the home – this is particularly true if the homeowner has not yet bought any décor items for their new home. “Having a specific colour palette to work from will make the process of decorating a room far easier,” says Goslett.
He advises that if you are unsure when choosing paint colours, you should test several shades of the colour selections on the wall in a section of your new home. Goslett notes that the painted area should be allowed to dry for 24 hours before viewing it. “View the colour swatches in the morning, noon and evening, as the colours will appear to be different tones depending on the time of day. This will give you the chance to compare the shades to see which one is best for you,” says Goslett. 

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