Seniors, leave apartment painting for the pros

Tips on packing belongings, hiring painters, choosing paint

Q: What is the cheapest, quickest way to paint a full studio apartment? I am a senior with limited physical and financial resources. My problem is common to many urbanites: In San Francisco, landlords are not obliged to repaint apartments, no matter how long the tenant has lived there. So they don't. Many of us have grown out of our places, but because of rent control and high rents elsewhere, moving is not a viable option. Here are some of the things I need to know: 1. Do I ask painters to include in their estimate the packing and unpacking of the hundreds of books, art materials, office items, etc. -- or do I hire a crew to do that? If so, how do I find one? 2. I will need dozens of boxes. Can these be rented? Is there a recycled boxes source? I may be able to store everything in the house hallway. If not, what are those large soft-walled storage crates that I see outside people's homes? Is that service available without relocation? Is it expensive? 3. The painting mus...