QUESTION: We need to repaint the inside of our 25-year-old house and redo the flooring. Is there a recommended order for doing one first over the other? Are there any advantages of painting first or should new flooring be put in before painting? ANSWER: Typically, we would have the old flooring removed first, whether it is tile, carpet, or whatever. That process will likely cause some scuffing, dents and dust, so it should be done first. Then, the walls should be prepared and all damage repaired, and dust removed. After that, the room should be repainted with two coats of good quality paint. Next, the flooring is installed — again some wall areas may get scuffed up or get handprints on them, but because of the two coats of fresh paint, the touch-up will be easy. You’ll also need to pay special attention to the baseboards after the flooring has been finished as they may have been in harm’s way during the flooring installation. They may need to be touched up. Q: We have a dust issue in our home, and we need some help. Every day, the floors and just about everything else are covered with a fine layer of dust. However, we seldom, if ever, open our windows. Our air-conditioning syst...